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Ziebart Announces Third Quarter Sales Results, Leading Automotive Aftermarket Product And Service Company Sees Record Growth »

October 20, 2014 at 12:22PM PDT | Source: Ziebart International

TROY, Mich. - Oct. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Ziebart International Corp., the global leader in automotive detailing, films and protection services, announces third quarter 2014 sales results exceed internal company forecasts with an 11-percent increase in total sales, it was announced today.
The privately-held, employee-owned company reported its total domestic franchise stores sales were up 11-percent overall, with retail at 14-percent and vehicle protection category up 30-percent over the same period for 2013. The aftermarket company benchmarks its sales against total new vehicle sales in the U.S., which are up 5-percent vs. third quarter 2013.
"About 10 percent of Ziebart's domestic franchise stores have year-to-date annual sales volumes of $1 million or more," said Daniel Baker," President of Ziebart Corporation (U...

Snap-on Announces Third Quarter 2014 Results »

October 16, 2014 at 7:00AM PDT | Source: Snap-on Tools

Diluted EPS of $1.76 increases 23.1%;Operating earnings before financial services of 16.2% of sales improves 140 basis points; Sales of $806.3 million up 7.0%
KENOSHA, Wis. - October 16, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE: SNA), a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for professional users performing critical tasks, today announced operating results for the third quarter of 2014.

Sales of $806.3 million increased $53.1 million, or 7.0%, from 2013 levels; excluding $5.6 million of acquisition-related sales and $0.7 million of favorable foreign currency translation, organic sales increased 6.2%.
Operating earnings before financial services of $130...

Glass Doctor® Announces Addition Of Vice President »

October 16, 2014 at 4:36AM PDT | Source: Glass Doctor

Additional VP increases capacity for company to serve franchisees.
Waco, Texas (PRWEB) October 15, 2014 - Glass Doctor® is pleased to announce the addition of Mike Gai to the corporate staff as Vice President. The company's growth over the last couple of years demanded the creation of a second Vice President position, and Gai will rejoin Glass Doctor to fill that role.
Glass Doctor President Mark Liston explained, "Mike is coming home! He was our VP of Operations before being selected to head up The Dwyer Group's National Sales effort a couple of years ago. As we are growing, it became evident that we needed two VPs - one that would focus on our franchisees current operational needs, which I call "blocking and tackling" and one to guide us to a variety of future opportunities...

Hertz Equipment Rental Launches In Panama To Serve Construction And Industrial Markets »

October 15, 2014 at 7:17AM PDT | Source: Hertz

Global equipment rental provider expands Latin American footprint through franchise partnership with Asesoria Especializada RAL S.A.
NAPLES, Fla. - Oct. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation (HERC) a wholly owned subsidiary of The Hertz Corporation (NYSE: HTZ), has announced its launch in Panama City, Panama to deliver specialty equipment rental solutions for the construction, industrial, and government sectors. HERC Panama is operated by Asesoria Especializada RAL S.A, which joined the HERC global franchise network in 2013.
The launch of HERC Panama comes amid significant, ongoing industrial projects in the country, including the Panama Canal expansion, Panama metro line development, and road and highway construction...

Successful Leather Medic Franchise Opportunity Available For Sarasota Area »

October 15, 2014 at 7:08AM PDT | Source: Leather Medic®

Lehigh Acres, Florida (PRWEB) October 15, 2014 - Sarasota, Florida is growing so rapidly that Leather Medic is finding it difficult to keep up with the demand. The leather restoration company just announced a franchise opportunity available for this thriving area. Owning a franchise such as Leather Medic is an ideal solution for career changers igniting their entrepreneurial spirit.
According to Mike Welch, president of FranNet Minnesota, statistics show that franchises are five times more likely than non-franchise businesses to be in operations after 10 years. Purchasing a franchise like Leather Medic helps career-changers move successfully into a new occupation that allows them to be more productive, energetic and motivated in life...

Canadian Tire Thanks Nova Scotia Customers With Donation To Rebuild Local Playground »

October 13, 2014 at 4:32AM PDT | Source: Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited

Canadian Tire celebrates official launch of My Canadian Tire 'Money' in Nova Scotia
TORONTO, Oct. 10, 2014 /CNW/ - Canadian Tire is recognizing Nova Scotia's role in shaping its recently announced national loyalty program – My Canadian Tire 'Money' – by donating $25,000 to Cranton Crossroads Community Centre Playground in Margaree Centre. My Canadian Tire 'Money'™ launches in Nova Scotia today, and replaces the Nova Scotia-based pilot program Canadian Tire 'Money' Advantage®.
Passionate about sport, and the importance of physical activity in building healthy children and strong communities, Canadian Tire selected Cranton Crossroads Community Centre after learning of the community centre's ongoing struggle to rebuild an unusable playground structure...

Valvoline Instant Oil Change(SM) Service Centers In 12 States Offer AutoTex PINK Wipers For Breast Cancer Awareness »

October 13, 2014 at 4:01AM PDT | Source: Valvoline Instant Oil Change

October sales of AutoTex PINK wipers help promote awareness and provide funds for National Breast Cancer Foundation
Newton, MA (PRWEB) October 13, 2014 - Henley Enterprises, Inc., the largest franchisee of Valvoline Instant Oil ChangeSM, has partnered with AutoTex PINK, to raise funds and increase awareness for the National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc. During October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, AutoTex PINK wipers are available at nearly 200 participating Valvoline Instant Oil Change locations in 12 states.
Now in its third year, the campaign has raised more than $30,000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
AutoTex PINK wiper blades are premium, OEM quality blades that fit over 99% of current vehicles on the road...

Tint World® Franchise Announces Opening Of Second Store In Georgia »

October 08, 2014 at 11:44AM PDT | Source: Tint World

October 08, 2014 // Franchising.com // Weston, FL – The nation's leading automotive styling franchise, Tint World®, is pleased to announce the opening of it's most recent franchise location. Tint World® Chamblee will be the second location to open in the state of Georgia, joining Tint World® Roswell, which opened in April 2014.
Co-owners and brothers Dee and Nash Patel have turned their childhood passion into a family-operated, professional automotive styling center. Their Tint World® location is equipped to offer the full suite of Tint World® products and services such as car window tinting, auto detailing, auto reconditioning, car alarms and remote start, auto video systems, car and truck accessories, and professional installation services...

Grease Monkey National Pit Crew Challenge »

October 08, 2014 at 9:59AM PDT | Source: Grease Monkey

Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity
October 08, 2014 // Franchising.com //
What:
Grease Monkey National Pit Crew Challenge
When:
Sunday, Oct. 12, 20142:30 p.m.
Where:
Grease Monkey™5450 Front St.Castle Rock, CO 80104
Why:
Grease Monkey International, Inc., will hold its second annual National Pit Crew Challenge on Sunday, Oct. 12 in Castle Rock, Colo. The challenge is part of the Certified Pit Crew Program that Grease Monkey™ developed to recognize the organization's top performing technicians. In order for a Grease Monkey™ location to become a Certified Pit Crew, the location must meet a strict set of criteria including top scores on the technician required certification courses, and competitive time trials on the Full Service Oil Change...

Hertz Portugal Partners With MyCaddyMaster To Offer An Innovative New Service To Golfing Fans »

October 07, 2014 at 6:02AM PDT | Source: Hertz

LONDON - Oct. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - The Hertz Corporation (NYSE: HTZ), the world's leading general use car rental brand, has announced that Hertz Portugal in partnership with the golf clubs rental company MyCaddyMaster is offering a combined car and golf equipment rental package, which is an industry first.
This ground-breaking service will enable Hertz customers to make the most of their golfing break, without the worry of any additional baggage fees or lost luggage.
Teeing off a golf holiday has never been simpler. The service allows golfers to order top quality clubs online and find them waiting in the boot of their hire car the moment they arrive at Portugal's Lisbon and Faro airports. At the end of their golf break, customers can conveniently drop off their golf bag and car at the same place before flying home, without any of the hassle of carrying heavy bags during their journey...

Christian Brothers Automotive Opens New Location In Lafayette, CO »

October 03, 2014 at 5:16AM PDT | Source: Christian Brothers Automotive

Husband and Wife Entrepreneurial Team Offers Quality, Convenience and Friendly Customer Service at New Automotive Care Shop
Lafayette, CO (PRWEB) October 03, 2014 - Christian Brothers Automotive, the automotive repair shop founded on a commitment to honesty and integrity, opened a new location this week situated at 517 Stacy Court in Lafayette, Colorado in the new Lafayette Crossings shopping center.
Located on the southeast corner of Highway 287 and South Boulder Road, behind the Coal Creek Bowling Center and just west of Jax Ranch & Home, the nearly 5,000 square-foot location includes nine service bays, as well as an upscale lobby that features leather couches, decorative lighting, artwork and hardwood floors. Christian Brothers also offers a new courtesy shuttle vehicle to transport you to and from home or work while your vehicle is being serviced...

Snap-on Incorporated To Webcast 2014 Third Quarter Results Conference Call »

October 02, 2014 at 9:29AM PDT | Source: Snap-on Tools

KENOSHA, Wis. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Oct. 2, 2014 - Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE: SNA) will release 2014 third quarter results prior to the market open on Thursday, October 16, 2014. A conference call to discuss the results will be held at 10:00am ET on that day. The conference call, with accompanying slides, will be webcast live via the Internet.
To access the call, visit http://www.snapon.com/sna and click on the link to the webcast. The quarterly release and slides will also be accessible on the Snap-on Web site, and an archived replay will be available for at least one week following the call.
About Snap-on
Snap-on Incorporated is a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for professional users performing critical tasks...

Christian Brothers Automotive Opens New Location In Norman »

October 02, 2014 at 5:02AM PDT | Source: Christian Brothers Automotive

Husband and wife entrepreneurial team offers quality, convenience and friendly customer service at new automotive care shop.
Norman, OK (PRWEB) October 02, 2014 - Christian Brothers Automotive, the automotive repair shop founded on a commitment to honesty and integrity, opened a new location last week situated at 3050 Yarbrough Way in Norman, Oklahoma.
Located on Interstate Drive on the east side of I-35, just north of the Rock Creek overpass between Tecumseh and Robinson, the nearly 5,000 square-foot location includes nine service bays, as well as an upscale lobby that features leather couches, decorative lighting, artwork and hardwood floors. Christian Brothers also offers a new courtesy shuttle vehicle to transport you to and from home or work while your vehicle is being serviced...

Valvoline Instant Oil Change Goes PINK On October 2, 2014 »

October 01, 2014 at 6:01AM PDT | Source: Valvoline Instant Oil Change

Valvoline Instant Oil Change Launches Their 3rd Annual "Pink Out Day" for October Sales of AutoTex PINK Wipers to Raise Money and Awareness for National Breast Cancer Foundation
Newton, MA (PRWEB) October 01, 2014 - This will be the third consecutive year that the Valvoline Instant Oil Change locations owned by Henley Enterprises Inc., will sell AutoTex PINK wipers blades supporting the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Select locations will be showcasing their support in an extra special way with a “PINK Out Day” on October 2, 2014. AutoTex Pink wipers will be available at all 200 participating locations in October.
PINK Out Locations:
California
Burbank 2420 W. Olive Avenue Burbank, CA 91506Glendale 525 N...

Batteries Plus Bulbs Among The Top Franchises For Veterans In Annual Ranking »

September 30, 2014 at 10:24AM PDT | Source: Batteries Plus Bulbs
Batteries Plus Bulbs Opportunities Available

Military Times Recognizes the Company's Commitment to Recruiting Veterans for Franchise Opportunities
September 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // Hartland, Wis. – Batteries Plus Bulbs, the nation's first, largest and fastest growing battery and light bulb franchise, has been named one of the top franchise choices for veterans by Military Times. The Best for Vets: Franchises 2014-15 ranking is targeted to current and former service members interested in owning their own business and recognizes Batteries Plus Bulbs as a leader in supporting veteran franchisees.
Through the announcement of this ranking, Batteries Plus Bulbs hopes that more veterans will become aware of the incentives that the franchise has been providing to our nation's heroes...

Christian Brothers Automotive Franchise Expands Headquarters »

September 30, 2014 at 7:52AM PDT | Source: Christian Brothers Automotive

Christian Brothers Automotive Franchise Continues to Add Staff to Provide Outstanding Support to Franchisees
HOUSTON, TX - (Marketwired - Sep 30, 2014) - The Christian Brothers Automotive franchise is in the midst of a breakout year for franchise growth. The auto repair franchise has more than 130 stores nationwide, and about two dozen new franchisees have made plans to open locations this year. To ensure that all franchisees receive great support, Christian Brothers has been expanding its Houston headquarters.Building a robust franchisee support staff
In 2007, the Christian Brothers Automotive corporate team consisted of 15 people working to support and shepherd 50 franchisees nationwide. Today, there are 56 team members devoted to serving Christian Brothers franchisees...

Maaco Gets A Digital #MAACOVER »

September 30, 2014 at 7:16AM PDT | Source: MAACO Collision Repair and Auto Painting

CHARLOTTE, NC - (Marketwired - Sep 30, 2014) - Maaco, North America's Bodyshop, is pleased to announce the re-launch of Maaco.com and Maaco.ca. In partnership with Yodle for Brand Networks, Maaco's Digital Agency of Record, both sites have received a comprehensive facelift.
The new features include a simplified site navigation and built-in geo-targeting tools, making it convenient for anyone to find information for any of the 460+ locations across the US & Canada. The new site is responsive in design and mobile-optimized to provide customers with the best experience across all devices including laptops, tablets and smartphones.
They also offer an easy inquiry form, local offers & promotions, comprehensive educational content on all of Maaco's services, before and after picture gallery, and consumer reviews...

Valvoline Instant Oil Change Service Centers In 12 States Go PINK For October »

September 29, 2014 at 5:26AM PDT | Source: Valvoline Instant Oil Change

October Sales of AutoTex PINK Wipers Promote Awareness and Donate To National Breast Cancer Foundation
Pine Brook, NJ (PRWEB) September 29, 2014 - Valvoline Instant Oil Change'sSM largest franchisee, Henley Enterprises, Inc., has partnered with AutoTex PINK for the third year, to raise funds and increase awareness for the National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc®. This October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, AutoTex PINK wipers are available at nearly 200 Valvoline Instant Oil Change locations in 12 states across the country.
This will be the third consecutive year that Henley has teamed up with AutoTex PINK wipers in support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Although AutoTex PINK wipers will be available at all 200 participating locations, a select few locations will be showcasing their support in an extra special way with a "Pink Out Day"...

ABRA Auto Body & Glass Continues Illinois Expansion »

September 24, 2014 at 7:05AM PDT | Source: ABRA Auto Body & Glass

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – (September 19, 2014) – ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a leading national damaged vehicle repair company, continued its nationwide expansion with the announcement it had acquired Consolidated Auto Service Center in Forest Park, Illinois – just 30 minutes from downtown Chicago. Today's news follows ABRA's initial entry into the state last spring. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
The recent growth in Illinois is part of the company's aggressive and ongoing strategy to increase its national footprint. ABRA is one of the collision industry's largest and most-respected multi shop repair operators in the United States. It uses an operational excellence philosophy that significantly improves its operating metrics, distinguishing it from competitors and making it a preferred option for insurance carriers and vehicle owners...

Pro Fleet Care Continues Its Expansion Into The USA »

September 22, 2014 at 6:35AM PDT | Source: Pro Fleet Care Franchising

September 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // WASHINGTON BORO, Pennsylvania – Pro Fleet Care, a leader in the mobile fleet rust control industry, is proud to welcome Dervin Charles to its growing dealership family in the United States of America. Dervin is the newest dealer serving the Southern Pennsylvania area.
Prior to opening his own business, Dervin worked for a friend of the family in their landscape company. Dervin's boss, a current customer of Pro Fleet Care, encouraged Dervin to purchase the business when it became available as he saw that Dervin not only had the drive and desire, but knew Dervin would do a great job.
"I first heard about Pro Fleet Care after reading an article in the Farm Show Magazine and I also already knew someone who was a Pro Fleet Care dealer," explains Dervin...



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