Industry News - July/August 2009

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PSC Inc., the manufacturer of the world’s warmest heater has announced that it has a new option, CM. This option CM incorporates a built in digital battery charge meter. This digital meter has ten segments which clearly show the exact status of the battery charge from fully charged to an 80-percent discharge rate of the battery.

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Flow-Rite Controls has been recognized as one of the 2009 “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch,” an awards program sponsored by the Edward Lowe Foundation and presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business. 

“In today’s economy, Companies to Watch has become a real game changer,” says Penny Lewandowski, director of entrepreneurship development at the Edward Lowe Foundation, a nonprofit operating foundation based in Michigan. “It changes the conversation from slow-growth, layoffs and closing, to companies that are expanding, hiring, and moving beyond traditional markets.”

“Presenters of the Michigan program recognized this potential since its inaugural year, five years ago,” Lewandowski says. “With a vow to find 50 new companies to celebrate each year, Michigan 50 Companies to Watch is now 250 strong. These are the companies that sustain Michigan through tough times and are transforming how the rest of the nation views the state.”

As a vertically integrated company, Flow-Rite Controls designs, manufactures, and markets fluid control devices that are widely used in lead acid batteries, recreational fishing boats, laboratory and medical devices. Flow-Rite is continuing to expand its product line up to include refill valves for tire inflation as well as a new line of fasteners that will be used broadly across all industries.

When asked about being selected, Flow-Rite’s President Dan Campau said, “Our team is excited to have been selected as a Michigan 50 to Watch Company. It’s nice to know that even though our work is buried in the bilge of a boat or under a forklift seat, it still gets noticed. We are excited to explore our many growth opportunities with both our existing and upcoming new products. In anticipation (of this growth) we have just completed a 49K square foot addition that doubled the size of our facility. Through our business growth across the country and in international markets, we are proud to call Michigan our home.”

Companies nominated for the “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” list must be second-stage companies, defined as having 6 to 99 full time equivalent employees and generating $750,000 to $50 million in annual revenue or working capital from investors or grants. In addition, the companies must be privately held and headquartered in Michigan.

Nearly three-quarters of golf course operators surveyed reported some vandalism or misuse of their golf car fleets, at a price tag estimated at more that $8 million per year, according to a report prepared by Club Car. 

Some of the key statistics unveiled in the recently issued whitepaper included:
72 percent of courses reported vandalism or golfers playing extra holes without paying for them
27 percent of operators reported retrieving a golf car from a lake or creek
48 percent reported unauthorized use of golf cars
42 percent reported golf cars being driven in unauthorized areas
21 percent reported theft of golf cars

Several insurance providers contacted for the survey cited the costs resulting from golf car vandalism or misuse, both actual damages and lost revenue as well as higher insurance rates for courses which do not take steps to protect their golf car fleet from vandals.

Cruise Car, Inc. showcased their solar electric hybrid vehicles on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Earth Day, April 22nd, 2009.

“What could be better than Earth Day to show people just how much we benefit from the sun,” said Greg Hyde, spokesman for Cruise Car. “Solar energy is rapidly growing in its potential for providing alternative energy solutions and we are here to show people how they can use the free resources of the sun for low speed vehicle transportation.”

Cruise Car is the market leader for a full line of unique 2-14 passenger solar electric transport solutions ideal for planned communities, golf courses, college campuses, municipalities, military bases, corporate parks, resorts, federal agencies and all owners of fleet vehicles that seek to improve the efficiency of their transportation systems.

“Earth day is all about embracing our natural resources. It celebrates our integrity, ability and desire to develop alternative energy solutions that will make our earth cleaner and better,” said Hyde. “Cruise Car’s entire mission is to provide solar powered transportation where it makes sense, from a family of NEV (neighborhood electric vehicles) to an entire fleet of maintenance vehicles.”

Founded with the mission to provide affordable, alternative energy transportation solutions and to help combat rising greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector, Cruise Car, Inc. is the world’s leading manufacturer of Solar Electric Hybrid Low Speed Vehicles with over 50 models in its product line and distribution on four continents. Cruise Car can be made street-legal in most states and driven on roads with speeds posted 35mph or lower.

Eco-Trans Alliance, Cruise Car’s parent company, also offers comprehensive consultation and solutions to institutions seeking a one stop resource that can significantly reduce their carbon footprint while implementing logical cost savings measures, providing products such as solar charging stations, rapid chargers, GPS tracking systems, solar roof kits, solar cart barns, prefab solar parking garages and related energy-saving products and services.

“We are honored to have the opportunity to have our solar electric hybrid vehicles at our Nation’s Capitol for Earth Day,” Hyde said, “And we appreciate the support we have received from the offices of Senators, Mel Martinez (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) and from our very own congressman Vern Buchanan (R-FL). Clearly, there is a growing commitment throughout our country to address our energy policies and our heavy reliance on fossil fuels. We’re excited to show how Cruise Car can help be part of the solution.”

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The Golf Industry Show received the No. 77 ranking from Tradeshow Week magazine for its 2008 event in Orlando, up from No. 82 the previous year.

Tradeshow Week compiles data submitted from trade shows and ranks the 200 largest annual trade shows in the United States. Rank is determined by net square feet of paid exhibit space. Show listings include: net square feet, number of exhibiting personnel, space rates and location. The ranking covers the 2008 calendar year only. There are approximately 3,500 trade shows that occupy 5,000 square feet or more of exhibit space each year in the United States.

Overall attendance at the 2008 Golf Industry Show in Orlando was a record 25,737, and there was a record 10,553 qualified buyers – those who can directly influence a purchase decision. The trade show itself was the largest ever with 965 companies represented with exhibits covering a record 300,900 square feet.

“This ranking is a great measuring stick against other trade shows outside of the golf industry and provides positive feedback for our exhibitors,” show officials noted. “We look forward to next year’s show in San Diego, the formal addition of the USGA, and the format enhancements that will be so beneficial to everyone involved in the event.”

The Golf Industry Show is presented by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCAA), National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA), and Club Managers Association of America (CMAA), along with participating partners Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA), American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA), and the National Golf Foundation (NGF). The United States Golf Association (USGA) will join the Golf Industry Show beginning in 2010 as a participating partner. Responding to member and exhibitor desires to preserve more of their weekends, the trade show portion will be conducted Wednesday and Thursday (Feb. 10-11), with virtually no competing events.

J. Rhett Evans, director of the parks, recreation and commercial facilities division for the city of Mesa, AZ. Has been selected as chief operating officer for the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).

Evans, who will begin July 9, will plan and direct key aspects of organizational operations, including policies, objectives and strategic initiatives. He will be responsible for developing and implementing key programs that support GCSAA’s short- and long-term financial and operational goals to ensure sustained growth.

“I am honored to have been selected as GCSAA’s chief operating officer and look forward to joining the team and working with the members,” Evans said. “All of my previous experiences with GCSAA have been terrific. The association has a great reputation. I have had a wonderful time in Mesa and will miss the city and the great people I have worked with and for. It takes a special opportunity for me to leave, and I consider GCSAA to be just that.”

Evans earned both his undergraduate (sociology major/emphasis in business) and graduate (recreation management and leadership/emphasis is public administration) degrees from Brigham Young University. He is also a graduate of the Public Assembly Facility Management School.

Evans has been with the city of Mesa since 2001, serving as director of the convention center and amphitheatre until 2005 before he advanced to his current position. He currently manages a staff of more than 700, through a team of 12 supervisors and three assistant directors, in all program areas, including convention center and amphitheatre, spring training baseball complex (Chicago Cubs), cemetery, two golf courses, recreation and aquatic complexes and 2,600 acres of park space. He manages a $32.5 million annual operating budget and a $27 million capital improvement budget.

Evans, 40, also has experience in facility and events management at the Delta Center and Franklin Quest Stadium in Salt Lake City and the McKay Center in Orem, Utah.

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