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Fix your car yourself with the help of Chilton's online
There's no better time than summer to learn to do repairs or upgrades on your own car or truck. With our online databases, Chilton's Automotive and Auto Repair Reference Center, the Garfield County Libraries can help you figure out what you need to do …
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Westampton auto repair shop burglarized, computers stolen
Entry was made through a side door and two laptop computers and a vehicle diagnostic code reader were stolen, police said. It was later discovered that several vehicles stored in the parking lot of the repair shop and unknown items were taken, said police.
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Christian Brothers auto repair Franchise Enjoys Double-Digit Sales Growth
The sales growth came amid a busy year for the Houston-based auto repair franchise, which opened 12 new stores in 2013 and now has more than 125 locations in 17 states. The franchise's expansion is also accelerating. In a trailing 12 month calculation …

Painting contractors

Painting contractors are making sure that businesses and homes are getting the TLC that they deserve. They do the job that many hate. When a business starts to loose it’s curb appeal, people quit wanting to shop there. It shows that the business doesn’t care about its appearance and this can drive customers away. With a painting contractor they will be able to get the business looking better. Sometimes it only needs a little paint to spruce things up. Painting contractors do just that. Their job is to help you find a color scheme that will suit you and your business. This can help you decide what you are wanting for the business. They give you options that you didn’t think was possible. No matter what type of building you have they will be able to help. Painting contractors have many techniques and products you might not know is available, giving you peace of mind knowing that you will be in good hands and back to a better business.

Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care Honors Outstanding Franchisees and Employees

Horsham, PA (PRWEB) June 23, 2014

The winners, from Denver, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Greenville, SC, and Columbia, SC, represent the best of the best, according to Cottman President Randy Wright.

Jim Dietvorst, a multi-center owner in Colorado, received the Cal West Award, Cottmans most prestigious honor named for the owner of the Cottman center in Gretna, La. who, over 20 years, set the highest standard.

This award is presented to the person who, over a period of years, consistently demonstrates integrity, success, honesty, courage, loyalty, diligence, and trustworthiness, said Wright. The great work Jim and his team have been doing representing Cottman of Denver and nearby Wheat Ridge, CO, fulfills all of those goals. Jim is truly one of the best operators in the business today. He has always been there, not only for his brother and sister franchisees, but for the system as a whole. Jims stores are a reflection of his dedication and devotion to his trade and to the Cottman brand.

The Cottman Man Award, given to the franchisee with the highest gross sales for the previous year, went to brothers and partners Randy and Rusty Cato who operate the Cottman Center on Erhardt Blvd. in New Orleans. They recently completed a total remodel of their center.

The Founders Award, named for Cottman founders Michael Ambrose, Ed Kelly, and Jim Corkan, was given to Chandler Beachum, Cottman of Greenville, SC. Given to an individual who has overcome adversity, Beachum was named this years recipient for his accomplishments over the past two years even as he battled severe health issues. Since buying his location two years ago, he did a total makeover of his center, developed a new and dedicated staff, and became one of the chains top-performing centers.

Nick Carpinello, Cottman of Cincinnati, OH, was named The Transmission Physician. He takes great pride in his centers performance and relationship with its customers, which is evident in the lack of complaints his center receives and its sales success. Carpinello also devotes time representing his fellow franchisees as an Strategic Planning Committee member and helping with the integration of the companys Cottman Business Management System program.

Manager of the Year, one of the chains highest honors, was presented to Cory Heiman, Cottman of New Orleans, LA. Heiman exemplifies the highest standards in professionalism, dedication, and sales. Since his arrival, the New Orleans center has consistently been an above-average performer. When the center was closed for several days last winter due to a heavy snow storm, he rallied his crew, who all came in on a Saturday, and managed to deliver more than fourteen thousand dollars to help make up for the loss earlier that week.

The Technical Proficiency Award is given to those technicians who have shown an exceptional technical knowledge of the automotive industry. This year it was awarded to Scott Wilson, Cottman of Louisville, KY, Ed Tinsman, Cottman of Feasterville, PA, Carlos Llull, Cottman of Gretna, LA, and Rick Barrett, Cottman of Des Moines, IA.

The Rookie of the Year Award is given to a new member of the Cottman Team who has shown outstanding drive and devotion. Winners Liz and Tony Foy, Cottman of Columbia, SC, take great pride in their centers day-to-day operations, and they are the only center to score points in every contest category this year. Their center is immaculate and they have developed strong community relations, registered solid gross sales, and are active in every facet of their centers operation.

It takes incredible dedication and hard work, coupled with leadership and management skills and a true sense of community service to be successful in this business, said Wright. The recipients of these awards are outstanding examples of what is good about the service industry.

About Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care:

With locations across the U.S. and in Canada, Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care is an auto repair and transmission company for almost any make or model vehicle, foreign or domestic. Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care continues to take claim of the growing $ 200 billion aftermarket auto industry, and specializes in complete transmission service, brakes, suspension, air conditioning service and much more. Cottman is based in Horsham, Pa. For more information, please visit

Mitsubishi Eclipse Transmission Prices Marked Down for Performance Car Owners at Preowned Auto Website

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) July 04, 2014

Buying car parts for foreign vehicles is one of the disadvantages that some consumers encounter when shopping on the Internet. The company specializes in import vehicle gearboxes and is now marking down prices for used Mitsubishi Eclipse transmission inventory in stock.

A direct distribution program is included with each sale completed this year to cut out any freight company issues or delays that can be quite common when foreign vehicle parts are ordered. A program to eliminate shipping costs is now in the experimentation stage for foreign transmission buyers to access.

“Our company retails gearboxes that are purchased through secondary sources and that have been certified for quality and mileage,” a rep confirmed.

The Eclipse is one of the national brands promoted by Mitsubishi that was positively received in the American market from 1989 to 2011. Because the Eclipse is no longer produced, consumers could struggle with finding an original manufacturer equipment replacement unit when using some retailers.

“The inventory that we’re marketing this year is focused on Mitsubishi, Toyota, Honda and other top foreign automakers to offer an easy-to-access resource to transmission purchasers,” said the rep.

The Preowned Transmissions company has hired a new customer service group to manage all of the incoming calls for price requests and information about shipping programs in effect this year. The team in place now distributes any price quote request through the homepage or when the toll-free phone number is used.


The company supplies gearboxes that are in used condition to an assortment of consumers who access the company website daily. This U.S.-based company now has an inventory of hundreds of different makes and models of transmissions for sale. The company website is positioned to provide information, price levels, and details about supplied coverage plans for every consumer. New offline contact and support options were added this year.

Language Testing

IF you are looking for a new job and you know another language you may want to check out language testing. These allow for someone to prove they know they language. There are so many different places that allow you to do these tests. They test you on speaking, writing, listening, and reading. The people that grade the test are certified language professionals. They are looking for specific things. If you pass you can put on your resume that you are certified in the language. There are over 100 languages that you can test in. Having this certificate can make potential employers want you more. They make your resume stand out from the rest. When you stand out above the rest you are more likely to get the job that you are dreaming about. Language testing has been used for many years and allows employers to have proof that you are just not saying that you know they language.

Sports Nutrition

If you are into sports you know the importance of sports nutrition. When someone is into sports their body is using up the nutrients that they are putting in it faster than a regular person. They need higher amounts of certain vitamins and minerals because their body is actually sweating and using it up. Athletes try to make sure that they are getting what they need from their diet, but sometimes that doesn’t always work. They sometimes have to take supplements to give their body what it needs that their diet is lacking or not giving them enough of. If an athlete doesn’t have the knowledge of what they need to have in their diet, they can visit a nutritionist that specializes in sports nutrition for help. These nutritionists know how important it is to have a well balanced diet, and they can give guidance to people that don’t know where to start. Sports nutrition is very important and is something all athletes must think about.

Greater Seattle Area Welcomemat Services Owner Wins Rookie of the Year”

Woodinville, Wash. (PRWEB) June 21, 2014

Welcomemat Services, a marketing strategies and technology company that connects new residents with local businesses, recently awarded Woodinville franchise owner Brad Bossio with the companys coveted Rookie of the Year award. Bossio, who received the award at Welcomemat Services Annual Conference in Florida, ranked number one in sales and other key performance indicators among all new 2013 franchisees.

According to data released last month by the U.S. Census Bureau, the Seattle area achieved the highest rate of growth in 2013 than any other major U.S. city. With more residents moving into new communities in the area, the need for services that connect them with local businesses has increased. Welcomemat Services provides this connection by welcoming families with a package of gift certificates and invitations from local businesses within approximately 30 to 90 days of their move into a new home. A mobile rewards system also helps encourage repeat visitation and long-term loyalty.

Through Welcomemat, Ive been fortunate to grow my business at a consistent rate while also connecting with the community. Not only have I been able to help local businesses expand their customer base, my franchise has also been able to help families get acclimated to their new area, said Bossio. Through the Welcomemat package, new residents are introduced to great businesses that can serve their familys various needs from restaurants to automotive repair and more.

Bossio, whose franchise serves the Eastside, including Woodinville, Redmond, Kirkland, Juanita, Bothell, Kenmore, Mill Creek, Monroe and Snohomish, recently expanded his business to include Bellevue, Sammamish and south to Maple Valley. Prior to starting with Welcomemat, Bossio served 17 years at Microsoft. Leveraging the sales and marketing experience he gained while at the company, Bossio opened his Welcomemat franchise in March 2013 with the goal to succeed as an entrepreneur and also help local businesses thrive.

Local businesses are interested in what I do because they like the idea of being able to turn a new resident into a client as soon as they move into the community, said Bossio. They know that if they become a new familys go-to business from the beginning, they will likely have a customer for life.


A leader in the $ 133-billion local advertising industry, Welcomemat Services is a marketing strategies and technology company that provides loyalty solutions designed to target families who have recently changed their address. Since 2003, Welcomemat Services technological innovation and marketing sophistication has enabled the brand to change the face of the direct-mail marketing industry. It offers local, regional, and national businesses & organizations unprecedented access to information about their new mover clients. For more information on Welcomemat Services, visit

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Riverside Lands Another Add-On For H-D Advanced Manufacturing

Cleveland, Ohio (PRWEB) July 02, 2014

Sungear, Inc. of San Diego has joined H-D Advanced Manufacturing Company (H-D), a holding company for precision engineered products. Sungear manufactures high quality, complex, precision gears used by the aerospace industry. H-D was formed in 2012 by a partnership between The Riverside Company, Hicks Equity Partners and Weinberg Capital Group to invest in manufacturers of heavy-duty, precision engineered parts.

Sungear was founded in 1982, and its products appear in critical components such as actuators, pumps, auxiliary power units, engine starters and other applications. Thanks to its proven capabilities and quality, Sungear has built a diverse and loyal customer base that includes some of the best-known suppliers in the aerospace industry.

Sungear is H-Ds fourth acquisition, joining Overton Chicago Gear Corporation, a manufacturer of gears and gearboxes; Innovative Mechanical Solutions, a manufacturer of bearings, and Leading Edge Heat Treating Services, a provider heat treating solutions.

The addition of Sungears expertise and reputation for quality with some of the worlds largest aerospace customers advances H-Ds goal of becoming the leading global manufacturer of mission-critical products across a wide range of industries, said H-D CEO Chris DiSantis.

Sungear President Roger Gizicki will continue to lead Sungear within H-Ds gear products division.

After over 30 years of growth and relationship development as a family-owned business, I am thrilled to lead Sungear in its next chapter as a part of H-D, said Gizicki. We are excited to partner with H-D and its tremendous financial, operational and business development resources that can help us take Sungear to new heights for our customers.

The addition of Sungear will bring benefits to both H-D and Sungear, said Riverside Partner Tim Gosline.

Sungear brings an outstanding customer base, exceptional technical capabilities and strong potential to grow, said Gosline. This addition of a great company diversifies H-D into the growing aerospace market and adds new talent and capabilities to H-D.

H-D Advanced Manufacturing continues to seek add-on opportunities in gearing, bearings, and other heavy duty, precision-engineered component sectors.

Working with Gosline on the transaction for Riverside were Vice President Rob Langley, Senior Associate Jason Fulton and Senior Associate Conner Harris. Principal, Origination Jeremy Holland and Associate Director, Origination Cheryl Strom sourced the opportunity and Partner Anne Hayes worked on financing the transaction for the firm.

KPMG and Jones Day advised Riverside on the investment.

The Riverside Company

The Riverside Company is a global private equity firm focused on acquiring and investing in growing businesses valued at up to $ 250 million (200 million in Europe). Since its founding in 1988, Riverside has invested in more than 340 transactions. The firms international portfolio includes more than 70 companies.