Industry News - September/October 2014

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Renegade Distributing is proud to announce the acquisition of Imaginative Manufacturing’s 4WD Kit for Golf Cars. This is an excellent profit center for golf car dealers who want to offer a top quality off-road experience to their customers. This innovative kit features two speed rear axles with a locking differential, rear lift blocks installed on the axle, and 4×4 output in forward and reverse that is all shaft driven. The 4WD kit offers excellent margins, an entry level upgradable 2WD kit, easy installation, and loads of opportunities for up-selling related products. Proven for over a decade, this kit makes customers and dealers happy. This popular, and durable kit will now be distributed from Renegade Distributing’s location in Watkinsville, Georgia (near Athens, GA). Address dealer inquiries to

Flight Systems Industrial Products (FSIP) of Carlisle, Pennsylvania announces an exclusive remanufacturing agreement and an arrangement to distribute new products with S.P.E. Elettronica Industriale, of Bologna, Italy. S.P.E. specializes in on-board and standalone industrial, electronic battery chargers for lead-acid and lithium batteries. They offer an extensive line of high-frequency, programmable chargers ideal for the forklift, golf cart, scrubber sweeper, electric vehicle and go kart industries. Naming FSIP as the official US remanufacturer solidifies the commitment that S.P.E. has to serving the North American market.

Flight Systems Industrial Products has more than 45 years of experience in legacy manufacturing and remanufacturing of electronic products used on electric and gas powered vehicles. Additionally, as an ISO 9001:2008 certified supplier, partnering with FSIP ensures superior and reliable remanufacturing and warranty services.

As an authorized distributor, FSIP will be able to provide customers with technical support, sales support, product specification and remanufacturing abilities. All of these functions will be performed at the FSIP plant in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The companies expect a full launch by the beginning of October 2014.

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Special Offers on Precedent® Golf Cars, XRT™ Utility Vehicles and Street-legal Villager™ LSVs

As communities around the country begin allowing golf cars and other small four-wheel vehicles on their streets, more and more families are relying on these cost-saving vehicles for local transportation and work. “Our ‘Join the Club’ Summer Sales Event is a great time to test drive one of these vehicles and experience the Club Car difference for yourself,” says Mary A. Sicard, Club Car’s consumer marketing manager.

Tee it Up in a Precedent Golf Car: From July 15 – Aug. 31, 2014, qualified retail buyers can purchase new 2014 or 2015 Precedent golf cars at participating Authorized Club Car Dealers and receive $500 bonus cash or 0% financing for 24 months.

New 2015 Precedent golf cars feature best-in-class Subaru engines with electronic fuel injection and five-year warranties or advanced charging systems that communicate with owners to prevent common user errors.

All Precedent golf cars are built on Club Car’s exclusive rustproof, corrosion-resistant AlumiCore™ frame. This extends the life of the car and maintains its resale value.

The Street-smart Villager LSV: Those who prefer street-legal vehicles can purchase a 2014 or 2015 Club Car Villager™ LSV and receive $500 bonus cash or o% financing for 24 months.

LSVs are a relatively new class of electric vehicle with a maximum speed of 25 mph. They are legal in almost all states on roads with speed limits of 35 mph or less. (Check your state.) “In the United States, the Villager LSV costs about a third as much to own and operate as a gas-powered vehicle. And it can be charged through a standard 110-volt outlet,” Sicard says.

XRT™ Utility Vehicles for Work and the Woods: From July 15 – Aug. 31, 2014, qualified retail buyers can purchase new 2014 or 2015 XRT utility vehicles at participating Authorized Club Car Dealers and receive a free top and windshield and 3.9% financing for 60 months.

XRTs are available in compact, mid- and full-size models; gas, electric and diesel; two- or four-passenger models; and two-wheel drive and automatic four-wheel drives that sense the ground they are on and shift automatically.

“Our new 2015 XRT800 and XRT850 compact utility vehicles feature powerful Subaru engines with electronic fuel injection that outperform anything in their class,” Sicard says.

Club Car vehicles are sold through Authorized Club Car Dealers. To find a dealer near you, visit


STAR EV (brand of JH Global Services, Inc.) is pleased to announce the introduction of our new bus line. STAR EV buses have a modern and unique look that no one else can offer with seating from 8–23 passengers. Standard features include seat belts, side LED marker lights, power assisted steering, dome roof lighting, aluminum wheels, powerful 10 HP continuous rated AC motor, 550 AMP Curtis programmable controller, speedometer, and more. Solar panels, sunbrella enclosures, heaters, defrosters and more can be added to meet the needs of any application. STAR EV also has a line of fully enclosed buses from 8 to 14 passengers with heating and/or air conditioning options available where needed. All-aluminum and glass doors make give our buses a long and rust free service life, ready to move people anywhere you need to!

The STAR EV Bus line can be purchased from any of STAR EV’s 200+ dealers. You can use the dealer locator and check out our bus brochures at

Promotes Product Engineer Simeon Vandezande

Columbia is pleased to announce the promotion of Simeon Vandezande from Project Engineer to Product Engineering Manager. In this capacity, Mr. Vandezande will be responsible for overseeing engineering activities related to Columbia’s products and their creation. He will also be responsible for maintaining continuous improvement. Mr. Vandezande will report to Scott Breckley, Columbia’s Chief Operating Officer.

Scott Breckley commented on Mr. Vandezande’s promotion, saying, “Simeon’s proven ability to bring innovative solutions to product development as Columbia expands its engineering capabilities will support the next phase our company’s growth as a leader in purpose-built electric vehicles.”

Mr. Vandezande’s biggest goal in his new position is to implement a documented design/development process and use it to improve time from concept to implementation.

Before his new position at Columbia, Mr. Vandezande spent five years as a project engineer, where he was responsible for creating and implementing the design of new products as well as improving current products. Mr. Vandezande began his time with Nordic Group at sister company Seats, Inc., where he worked as a mechanical engineer from June 2008 to February 2009. Before his employment at Seats, Mr. Vandezande interned at Manitowoc Ice (Manitowoc, WI) in the engineering test lab, where he conducted new product verification testing. He also Co-Op’ed at Curwood (Bemis North America) (Oshkosh, WI), designing and implementing various machine upgrades. Mr. Vandezande graduated from University of Wisconsin - Platteville (Platteville, WI) with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Simeon Vandezande lives in south central Wisconsin with his wife and two children.

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Flint has agreed to pay a golf cart company $69,500 to settle a lawsuit that said the city’s former state-appointed emergency manager shouldn’t have ended its contract.

The Flint Journal reports ( ) Pifer Inc. of Holly sued the city in 2013, saying Michael Brown violated the state constitution when he cancelled the city’s lease of 100 golf carts for its municipal golf courses.

Brown said at the time of the 2012 order that the contract was providing a financial disincentive for outside companies as the city sought contractors to take over operation of its courses. Flint now contracts with private and nonprofit groups to run golf operations.

Current emergency manager Darnell Earley signed a resolution last month authorizing settlement of the case involving Pifer.

In conjunction with its annual golf outing, the Terra College Foundation is having a raffle for a one-of-a-kind golf cart.

The completely reconditioned 1998 Yamaha Model G-16 will go to the lucky person whose ticket is pulled during the golf outing Aug. 4 at the Catawba Island Club. You need not be present to win.

The cart is electric and comes with six new batteries and a new charger that plugs into a regular house outlet. With 36 volts of power, the cart can reach speeds up to 18 miles per hour at full throttle. It is not street legal but can be made so with a light kit, horn and windshield wiper (not included).

“What’s not to like about a golf cart trimmed in Terra State graphics?” asked Lisa Williams, executive director of the Terra College Foundation. “But seriously, we are so appreciative of Tom Kern for donating this cart to help raise funds for student scholarships. Our Foundation Board members are so involved and generous and Tom’s donation is surely one example of that.”

Kern was pleased to help.

“I enjoy raising funds and supporting good causes,” he said. “Terra State is a gem, and it is right here in our community. The golf cart should be fun as a fundraising event. I hope we end up with a really happy owner who finds a special place in their heart for Terra State Community College.”

Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased now at the Terra State College Store in Building B or at the Foundation Office in A-202. They also will be available at the golf outing.

For information on the raffle or the golf outing, call the Foundation Office at 419-559-2325.


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