Industry News - July/August 2007

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G. Wilson Douglas, Jr., son of company founder G. Wilson Douglas, began his career with Douglas Battery on June 15, 1944. In 1954, Wilson became assistant secretary of Douglas Battery Manufacturing and Douglas Battery Service Center. In 1965, in addition to these responsibilities, Wilson assumed the role of vice president and treasurer. In 1971, he was elected president, CEO and treasurer of Douglas Battery Manufacturing Company. Twenty years later, in 1991, he was appointed chairman. In May of 2003, he became chairman emeritus and served the company faithfully until his retirement. G. Wilson Douglas, Jr. retired on November 7, 2005, after a 61-year career with Douglas Battery.


Wilson was a passionate collector of Southern antiques and was an avid supporter of Old Salem and the Museum of Southern Decorative Arts located in Winston-Salem, NC. Because of his lifetime generosity and interest in Old Salem, on October 2, 1997, Wilson received the Frederic William Marshall Society’s Distinguished Service Award from the Old Salem Board of Trustees.



Largest verdict for fraud ever rendered for deception related to E-Z-GO Golf Cars. Law Firm of Solomon, Saltsman & Jamieson obtains Fraud Judgment for 1.67 million dollars entered against E-Z-GO Textron, Inc.

LOS ANGELES, C.A. (July, 11, 2007) – Stephen Jamieson, a partner in the law firm Solomon, Saltsman & Jamieson based in Los Angeles, California, in association with Tom Ward of the Lancaster based law firm Michelizzi, Schwanacher, Ward & Collins, obtained a Judgment for Fraud against E-Z-GO division of Textron, Inc. also known as TEXTRON INC this month. TEXTRON INC., a multinational defense contractor that is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TXT is ranked 190th on the Forbes 500. Ryan Kroll an associate at Solomon, Saltsman & Jamieson assisted Mr. Jamieson.


A twelve person jury decided a verdict in favor of Ridgetop Ranch Properties, Inc. dba Lake Elizabeth Golf Course (LEGC) on claims of Breach of Express Warranty, Breach of the Implied Warranty of Fitness for a Particular Purpose, Fraud by Intentional Misrepresentation and Fraud by Concealment.


“The jury was clearly convinced by the evidence produced at trial that TEXTRON (E-Z-GO Golf Cart Division) committed Fraud,” explains Stephen Jamieson.


“E-Z-GO tried to hide behind limitations in its printed warranty but was not allowed to do so.”


According to the lawsuit: the 80 E-z-GO TXT golf cars broke down, failed, or were inoperable on a weekly basis, rendering numerous golf cars unfit for use; that while E-Z-GO was stating to LEGC that the golf cars were not defective for use at the Course, E-Z-GO was nevertheless at the same time seeking reimbursement and credit from the speed controller manufacturer, Curtis Instruments, Inc., claiming the speed controllers used on the TXT golf cars were defective and/or unfit for use; and, that E-Z-GO concealed these and other facts from LEGC and went on to replace the failed speed controllers with similarly defective controllers.


Due to the continual breakdown of the E-Z-GO golf cars, LEGC gained a reputation at that time as a course that was unreliable and dangerous, thereby suffering a tremendous decrease in the number of golf rounds played which caused a decrease in profitability and a diminution of value of the Course. They jury determined damages caused by E-Z-GO to be $1,670,932.00, plus costs, and 10% Post Judgment Interest.



SUMMERFIELD, FL. – B&B Preferred has announced that effective July 15th, Kelly Opplinger has joined B&B Preferred as their Account Manager. While Kelly’s duties will be numerous, his primary job will be working closely with customers to insure that customer satisfaction is 110%, and to answer any questions that might arise. Also this month, dealers and re-builders will have access to the newly designed Bolero. The Bolero is a take-off of another popular body-system that has been successful for the past four years. But because of the numerous changes, it was decided that this body-system should have anew name, hence the name Bolero.



Corona, CA - Just released, our new Xccelerator Series of deep cycle batteries has been specifically engineered to provide more power, size for size, than any other battery currently available.  The US 12VXC, twelve volt deep cycle battery, is the first to be released in this powerhouse series.  Originally designed for use in golf cars, this heavy duty battery is an extremely good fit in many other applications including marine, RV and sweeper/scrubber, to name a few.  The new and innovative design takes full advantage of our Diamond Plate TechnologyTM, providing you Xtreme CapacityTM in all applications.  No other battery on the market offers the capacity and improved features found in the US 12VXC!  With Diamond Plate TechnologyTM, you get:


Higher peak capacity, increased initial capacity, improved energy density, enhanced recharge-ability, fortified plate construction and improved cycle life.


Xtreme CapacityTM, from U.S. Battery Manufacturing Company, finally offers you a choice that raises the bar for performance standards to a whole new level.  For more information contact U.S. Battery Manufacturing Company at



NEWAN, GA – Yamaha Golf-Car Company announced that Tom McDOnald has been named Vice President – Marketing and Sales for the Newnan, Georgia based golf car and utility vehicle manufacturer. He has the primary responsibility for the sales and marketing of all Yamaha Golf-Car Company products and coordinating financial activities.


McDonald has 28 years of sales, marketing and business development experience in the automotive and power sports industries. McDonald most recently served as an industry consultant to the automotive, recreational vehicle and power sports industries. After graduating from Illinois State University, he began his career with Chrysler Corporation as a district sales manager. In 1981, he joined American Isuzu Motors where he served as Director of Regional Operations, in which he directed sales, service, parts, dealer development, customer satisfaction and employee development.


In 1997, McDonald served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Daewoo Motor America, reporting directly to the corporate president. In this role, he led their U.S. launch as well as establishing and operating exclusive company owned retail stores. McDonald then joined Aprilia World Service USA, Inc., a European motorcycle manufacturer, as vice president and general manager. From 1998 to 2006, he led the development of business operations in establishing the company’s U.S. headquarters.


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