Industry News - July/August 2012

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Curtis Industries LLC, the leader in cab enclosures and accessories, announced today that Michael Alexander has joined the company as Vice President of Marketing & Sales, reporting to John Rachwalski, President and CEO. Alexander comes to Curtis Industries, LLC from Club Car Corporation, a global leader in small task oriented vehicles, where as Director of Global Business Development he played a significant role in growing the business and the industry.

“Michael has demonstrated strong leadership and innovation skills throughout an impressive 33 year career at Club Car,” stated John Rachwalski. “His overall experience in developing and implementing brand, product and channel strategies, as well as his vast industry experience and contacts, makes him extremely well qualified to take on this important role to help grow our business.”

“Curtis has great products and people, therefore it is well positioned as a market leader with plenty of additional growth potential,” Alexander said. “I am thrilled and honored to join the impressive leadership team John has assembled and am excited about this very special opportunity.”

Curtis Industries, LLC is an ISO 9001:2001 certified leading manufacturer of cabs, enclosures and accessories for a host of applications for Commercial, Specialty, Recreational and Work vehicles. The majority of these products are designed for compact tractors, golf cars, and utility vehicles. The company, which started in 1968, also manufactures truck plows and snow and ice control equipment for tractors and utility vehicles. Curtis Industries, LLC markets its products exclusively through a large network of dealers in the United States and Canada as well as Japan, South Korea and Western Europe. The company operates from a modern 150,000 sq. ft. facility in Worcester, MA. For more information on Curtis products please visit or call 800.343.7676.


San Diego, CA - Lithium Boost Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator of lithium technology for low speed electric vehicles has released a new line of lithium batteries for Industrial and Off-Road low speed electric vehicles. We are very excited to be able to expand our product line to service the needs of industrial utility vehicles and off-road electric vehicles. We have been working with key partners developing this new line.

The new line will be using 100 to 200 amp hour cells.

To learn more about our products please visit our website at


( is focused on providing a centralized and unified network of custom designed features and services intended to empower the Golf Car Dealer Community. COMMITTED TO GROWTH AND THE FUTURE

We all agree that it is long overdue to unify the Golf Car Dealer Community. This association has taken a great step towards stabilizing and benefiting the Golf Car Dealer in the 21st Century. Many of the trade show attendees commented on the necessity of unifying the Golf Car Dealer Community. Ron Smith, owner of Southern Golf Cars states, “I must say this is an amazing package GCDAA has created. I am a Dealer in Miami that focuses on Sales and Service.

GCDAA’s Networking, Services, and Data will increase my competitiveness and bottom line.” Reviewing the positive impacts of the other industry associations, and the benefits that they have provided to their members, the unification of the Golf Car Dealers is a necessity that is perfectly timed. The GCDAA website includes custom designed programs, including a Golf Car Network that will allow Dealers access to golf cars that they had no access to prior to this Association. In addition, they offer a Dealer Communications Network that will allow direct intra-communication electronically.

Many Dealers did express that their representation on the internet was a key to their success. The GCDAA does offer this benefit to all members. The services also include features such as a Golf Car Dealer Specialty Program for Business Insurance, a GCDAA Health Care Insurance offering, Logistics, GCDAA News, Data, Finance, and Careers.

Owner and Managing Member, Jeffrey Young states, “The tax incentives for electric golf cars that were offered in the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 were extremely beneficial for many Golf Car Dealers, by developing the GCDAA - PAC will help us establish a new direction and focus for securing more of the incentives to benefit the dealers and customers in our community”.

Dealers interested in learning more can visit


Website communicates system’s revenue-improvement technology

Club Car, a brand of Ingersoll Rand, re-launched, a reinvigorated website that communicates the benefits of the Visage Mobile Golf Information System before, during and after a round of golf.

Visage is golf’s first communications platform that uses a combination of cellular, wireless and GPS technologies to help course operators increase revenues, better manage their golf car fleet, lower expenses and improve customer experience.

The new website goes beyond static descriptions of features and benefits to demonstrate operators’ potential return on investment in five key areas: food and beverage, merchandising, tournaments, maintenance and green, golf car and member fees.

A retooled electronic calculator provides industry averages in each of the five categories as well as allows operators to enter their own course information to view the potential financial impact of Visage on their operation. The website also includes video and customer testimonials.

“Visage represents advanced revenue-improvement technology, and the new website helps operators make an informed decision about its application at their facility,” said Randy Marquardt, vice president of Global Marketing for Club Car.

For more information, visit


F9 Battery Acid Restoration Cleaner Expected to Boost Sales of Golf Car Dealers

Craig Harrison, of Front 9 Restoration, announced immediate availability of their proprietary product, F9 BARC (Battery Acid Restoration Cleaner) to golf car dealers, enabling effective cleaning of orange battery acid stains from concrete.

“More often than not, an acid-stain restoration product will cause more damage to concrete or create more problems than it’s worth. F9 Battery Acid Restoration Cleaner quickly removes orange battery acid staining, fertilizer staining and rust from concrete,” Harrison said. “F9 BARC is biodegradable, non-abrasive, contains no hydrochloric acid and restores concrete to its natural bright gray color. There is no competing product in the market, and none that work as well.” An extensive before-and-after gallery is available at

F9 BARC (Battery Acid Restoration Cleaner) and the other F9 restoration products are a great fit with the golf car industry, and a profitable addition to any golf car dealer’s retail and service business. Product application is simple, and free training videos are available for do-it-yourselfers, in-house employees, and independent professional applicators. Front 9 Restoration is offering golf car dealers distributorship opportunities with an exceptionally low product buy-in to boost sales of profitable consumables at the retailer’s showroom.

About Front 9 Restoration, Inc.: For more than a decade, Harrison has pioneered leading-edge techniques at restorations of the most abused concrete an industry can offer. A former assistant golf course Superintendent, Harrison founded a concrete restoration business that serviced hotels, golf courses, parks, municipalities, and commercial and industrial buildings, including restoration at the service and shop areas of major Southern California golf courses. The desire for better products led Harrison to extensive research to develop his own formulas that have proven themselves at countless in-the-field restorations. Harrison’s hard-earned experience has allowed F9 to formulate products that perform as promised. Harrison routinely teaches in-house maintenance departments and private contractors how to use techniques and materials that truly work to restore stained and discolored concrete surfaces. Front 9 Restoration has an expanding product line including proprietary battery stain neutralizer, tire mark remover and a water-less bio-organic oil stain remover.

For more information or to order online, visit


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