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Sixt Rent A Car Franchisee Opens New In-Terminal Branch At Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport (STS) »

August 28, 2015 at 5:53AM PDT | Source: Sixt

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Aug. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Sixt SE and its U.S. Franchise Unit (Sixt Franchise USA, LLC) announce the opening of a new branch to service the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, California (https://www.sixt.com/car-rental/usa/santa-rosa-ca/sonoma-county-airport). This is the second Sixt branch in Sonoma County, preceded by a branch that opened last year which services the Santa Rosa local area (https://www.sixt.com/car-rental/usa/fulton-ca/fulton-downtown).
"The new, in-terminal Sixt branch will provide great convenience for customers flying in," said Craig Olson, Executive Vice President of North America Franchise Development for Sixt. "We look forward to providing great service and vehicles to incoming travelers, all at a reasonable price...

Auto-Lab Franchising Continues To Grow: Auto-Lab Texas Opens Their Second Location »

August 27, 2015 at 11:39AM PDT | Source: Auto-Lab

August 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // HOUSTON, TX - Auto-Lab Franchising with the partnership of Communitas Auto Group, known as Auto-Lab Texas, continues to grow as they progressively build the most advanced full service automotive repair facilities that Texas has to offer. Following the successful opening of their first location Gleannloch Farms, Auto-Lab Cypress is the second Texas location to open this year. Auto-Lab Cypress is a brand new, top-of-the-line facility equipped with all the latest in automotive repair technology and is staffed with experienced automotive technicians.
“We are pleased and excited to see the opening of our second Houston location come to fruition,” says Stephen R. Wilson, President of Auto-Lab, LLC based in Auburn Hills, Michigan with 28 existing locations...

Snap-on To Present At RBC Capital Markets’ 2015 Industrials Conference »

August 27, 2015 at 8:00AM PDT | Source: Snap-on Tools

KENOSHA, Wis. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - August 27, 2015 - Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE: SNA) will present at the 2015 RBC Capital Markets’ Industrials Conference at 8:00 AM Pacific Time on Thursday, September 10, 2015.
The Snap-on management presentation will be broadcast live on the Snap-on Incorporated website. To access the webcast, go to www.snapon.com/sna and click on the link under “Events and Presentations” on the Corporate homepage, or the link found on the Investor Events page. Following the webcast, an archived replay will be available on the company’s Web site for approximately 90 days.
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...

Cottman Transmission And Total Auto Care Partners With BoeFly To Help Franchisees Secure Financing »

August 26, 2015 at 5:29AM PDT | Source: Cottman Transmission Systems

HORSHAM, PA (PRWEB) August 26, 2015 - When surveyed, nearly half (49.2%) of members of the International Franchise Association (IFA) recognized “financing/access to credit” as the primary obstacle for potential small business owners. BoeFly provides these owners with a platform to post a single loan request to its network of over 5,000 lenders and then efficiently matches them using its proprietary matching technology.
Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care represents a high-quality auto service and repair company with locations in the U.S. and Canada. Cottman’s need for quality franchisees stems from the company’s dedication to delivering quality service, parts, and warranties to customers. By providing franchisees with BoeFly’s Full Service Plan, Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care accelerates and simplifies the financing process...

EagleRider Paves New Roads To Dreams In San Diego »

August 24, 2015 at 9:53AM PDT | Source: EagleRider

LOS ANGELES - Aug. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite the furious frenzy of its international operations, EagleRider, the world's pioneer and innovator of motorcycle experiences, demonstrates that it hasn't taken its eyes off the home front with two new acquisitions in San Diego, California.
The first acquisition involved buying out the San Diego franchise location, granting the franchise partner a successful exit and EagleRider HQ with an ideally placed location to expand services in the area. The second expansion heralded the arrival of Indian Motorcycle San Diego into the fold, the third Indian Motorcycle dealership to come under EagleRider's wing after Los Angeles and Orlando, and the second to also offer Victory motorcycles after Indian Motorcycle LA...

NOVUS Says Repair First »

August 24, 2015 at 5:23AM PDT | Source: NOVUS Glass

August 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // Minneapolis, MN – Generally, we associate automobile safety with seat belts, air bags, brakes and other things of the sort. Rarely do we think of the windshield as one of the top five car safety parts. But according to CarCare.org, a Web site dedicated to the education of automobile safety, the windshield, by far, is one of the most important parts on your vehicle. And, NOVUS Glass, the windshield repair experts say they agree.
“The windshield keeps you inside your vehicle while driving and it supports the roof while preserving the structural integrity so the roof won’t collapse and crush the driver and passengers. It also supports the passenger side airbag during deployment,” said Keith Beveridge, senior vice president of NOVUS Franchising, Inc...

Brightway Celebrates Seventh Anniversary »

August 20, 2015 at 11:07AM PDT | Source: Brightway Insurance

August 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – Brightway Insurance, the country’s seventh largest privately held personal lines independent insurance agency, celebrates its seventh year in business today, Thursday, August 20, 2015, the company announced.
Jacksonville, Fla.-based Brightway is a national property/casualty insurance agency selling through a network of franchised locations. The company started in 2008 and has grown to 117 locations in 10 states.
In mid-August, the company was named to the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America for the seventh consecutive year, in part due to the following average year-over-year growth:




Number of franchise locations


21%




Number of Agency Owners and staff       


26%




Brightway employees


33%




Year-end policies in force


47%




Written premium


49%




To celebrate Brightway’ s accomplishments, Founder and Chairman David Miller, Co-Founder and Vice Chairman Michael Miller, and President Talman Howard will host a celebration today for the company’s 200 Jacksonville-based employees...

Sixt Group Accelerates Growth During First Half Of 2015 And Rises Full-year Outlook »

August 20, 2015 at 8:19AM PDT | Source: Sixt


Consolidated operating revenue up by 16.7% in the first half, second quarter climbs by as much as 18.4%
Dynamic growth of rental revenues: foreign operation revenues up by 36.3% after six months, domestic revenue climbs 9.9%
Earnings before taxes (EBT) climb 10.8% to almost EUR 75 million, despite significantly higher expenditures for expansionary measures
Revenues and earnings outlook for the whole of 2015 revised upwards

August 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // Pullach – The Sixt Group recorded strong growth during the first half of 2015, that surpassed expectations. The improvement was mainly driven by higher rental revenues in the Vehicle Rental Business Unit. In the second quarter, growth dynamism picked up against the first three months...

Snap-On Franchisee Conference Draws Record Crowd For Innovation, Industry-Leading Tools In Company's 95th Year »

August 20, 2015 at 4:27AM PDT | Source: Snap-on Tools

KENOSHA, Wis. - Aug. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - The Snap-on Franchisee Conference (SFC) drew record-setting attendance for its annual gathering, showcasing industry-leading tools and innovation to deepen Snap-on's exceptional customer connection, as well as productivity solutions to enhance the profitability of franchisees. The three-day business conference brings together Snap-on Tools franchisees for insight, information and celebration shared by company leaders, associates and business partners. Held in Washington, D.C. this year, the company's 95th Anniversary offered the opportunity for attendees to celebrate the successes of its past while looking forward to a prosperous future.
"Snap-on franchisees are at the core of the sustained business success Snap-on has enjoyed throughout our 95-year history," says Tom Kassouf, president of the Snap-on Tools Group...

Tint World® Now Serving Morgan Hill »

August 18, 2015 at 9:34AM PDT | Source: Tint World

National Automotive Styling Centers™ franchise continues to expand with services now available in Northern California.
August 18, 2015 // Franchising.com // BOCA RATON, Fla. – Tint World®, a leading auto accessory and window tinting franchise, is now offering services to the greater Morgan Hill, California community. Offered through the recently opened Automotive Styling Centers™ location on Tennant Avenue, the location provides vehicle customization services including window tinting, lighting and audio and mobile electronics installations, as well as residential and commercial window tinting and film services.
“Since its opening in April, the Tint World® Morgan Hill location has experienced an impressive influx of business,” said Charles J...

Brightway Insurance Establishes $20 Million Financing Agreement With SunTrust Bank »

August 18, 2015 at 5:02AM PDT | Source: Brightway Insurance

Capital will speed national expansion.
August 18, 2015 // Franchising.com // JACKSONVILLE, FLA. - Brightway Insurance, the seventh largest privately held Personal Lines independent insurance agency in the country, has received $20 million in bank financing through SunTrust Bank to help fund its national expansion, the company announced.
Brightway is a national property/casualty insurance agency selling through a network of franchised locations. The company started in 2008 and has grown to 117 locations in 10 states.
“We are thrilled to have entered into this relationship with SunTrust,” said Brightway Founder and Chairman, David Miller. “Owning your own business is the American dream, and we want to bring that opportunity to people everywhere...

AAMCO Unveils New Interactive Franchise Development Website »

August 13, 2015 at 8:50AM PDT | Source: AAMCO Transmissions

Leader in Total Car Care Showcases Nationwide Franchise Opportunities for Prospective Owners
HORSHAM, Pa. - Aug. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - AAMCO, the world's largest chain of transmission specialists and leader in total car care, has announced the launch of its new interactive franchise website, aamcofranchise.com, which provides prospective candidates with a detailed overview of the benefits of investing in an AAMCO franchise.
AAMCO's new content-driven franchise website features a variety of information for franchisee candidates who are interested in learning about ownership opportunities with the brand. Additionally, prospective owners can learn more about "A Day in the Life of an AAMCO Franchisee," as well as stay up to date on the latest news about the company's growth and development...

J.D. Byrider Opens Second Franchise In Richmond »

August 10, 2015 at 6:55AM PDT | Source: J.D. Byrider

August 10, 2015 // Franchising.com // Richmond, Va. – J.D. Byrider, the nation’s leading used car sales franchise, has opened a second dealership in Richmond at 4505 W. Broad St. The new location is the sixth J.D. Byrider dealership in Virginia, and it is the second Virginia dealership for franchisee Craig Baker. Baker opened Richmond’s first J.D. Byrider in 2012.
“Richmond has proven to be an outstanding area to expand the J.D. Byrider brand,” said Baker. “My staff and I are dedicated to bringing the same level of service and experience to this new dealership and helping customers with less-than-perfect credit find dependable, affordable vehicles.”
The 2,500 square-foot location will offer used car sales, two service bays, affordable pricing on parts and labor and a 24–month/24,000-mile service agreement on all cars purchased...

Snap-on Acquires Ecotechnics »

August 07, 2015 at 6:40AM PDT | Source: Snap-on Tools

Further Expands Offering of Productivity Solutions for Repair Shop Owners and Managers
KENOSHA, Wis. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Aug. 7, 2015 - 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 that it acquired the assets of Ecotechnics S.p.A. (“Ecotechnics”) for approximately $13.0 million in cash. Based in Sesto Fiorentino, Italy, Ecotechnics, with 2014 sales of approximately €12.4 million, designs and manufactures automatic vehicle air conditioning maintenance equipment for OEM dealerships and the automotive aftermarket worldwide. Ecotechnics will be part of the company’s Repair Systems & Information Group...

American Driveline Systems Adds New Talent To Executive Leadership Team »

August 07, 2015 at 3:54AM PDT | Source: AAMCO Transmissions

Leading Automotive Aftermarket Management Company Appoints Chad Graham as New Chief Information Officer
August 07, 2015 // Franchising.com // HORSHAM, Pa. – American Driveline Systems, Inc. announced today that it has appointed Chad Graham as chief information officer of the company and its subsidiary corporations AAMCO Transmissions Inc., Cottman Transmissions Systems, LLC and Global Powertrain Systems, Inc. In his new role, Graham will lead the charge in delivering high-impact technology and value to its brands’ service centers and franchisees.
“As American Driveline Systems continues to grow, we have several technology initiatives currently underway that will have a profound and positive impact on our franchise locations,” said Jim Gregory, chief financial officer of American Driveline Systems, Inc...

Snap-on Incorporated Declares Quarterly Dividend »

August 07, 2015 at 3:35AM PDT | Source: Snap-on Tools

KENOSHA, Wis. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Aug. 6, 2015 - The Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE: SNA) board of directors declared today a quarterly common stock dividend of $0.53 per share payable September 10, 2015 to shareholders of record on August 25, 2015. Snap-on has paid consecutive quarterly cash dividends, without interruption or reduction, since 1939.
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. Products and services include hand and power tools, tool storage, diagnostics software, information and management systems, shop equipment and other solutions for vehicle dealerships and repair centers, as well as for customers in industries, including aviation and aerospace, agriculture, construction, government and military, mining, natural resources, power generation and technical education...

Snap-on To Present At Jefferies 2015 Industrials Conference »

August 04, 2015 at 7:54AM PDT | Source: Snap-on Tools

KENOSHA, Wis. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - August 4, 2015 - Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE: SNA) will present at the Jefferies 2015 Industrials Conference on Tuesday, August 11, 2015. The presentation is scheduled to begin at approximately 2:40 p.m. ET.
The live webcast with audio and slides can be accessed by visiting the company’s Web site at www.snapon.com/sna or by typing http://wsw.com/webcast/jeff90/sna into your browser. Following the webcast, an archived replay will be available on the company’s Web site for approximately 90 days.
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...

Brightway Names Kristine Azar Vice President Of Customer Experience »

August 03, 2015 at 6:16AM PDT | Source: Brightway Insurance

Azar brings 30 years’ experience in designing, and executing, exceptional customer experiences to Brightway
August 03, 2015 // Franchising.com // JACKSONVILLE, FLA. - Kristine Azar, with 30 years of industry experience in Agency Marketing, Distribution, Strategy, Product, Underwriting and Operations, has been named Vice President of Customer Experience at Brightway Insurance, the company announced.
Brightway is the nation’s seventh largest privately held Personal Lines independent agency, selling property/casualty insurance through a network of franchised locations around the country.
Effective August 17, Azar will be responsible for Brightway’s customer experience strategies and execution through the company’s Service Center in Jacksonville...

AAMCO Continues To Drive Professional Developement Through AAMCO University Training Facility »

July 31, 2015 at 5:12AM PDT | Source: AAMCO Transmissions

Leader in Total Car Care Announces First Service Center Owners to Graduate School of Franchise Ownership
HORSHAM, Pa. - July 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - AAMCO, the world's largest chain of transmission specialists and leader in total car care, continues to raise the bar on excellence in automotive maintenance repair and individualized customer service through its comprehensive training programs offered at AAMCO University. The specialized training facility, which opened in Newnan, Ga., earlier this year, is part of AAMCO's long-term strategy to drive operational excellence and growth systemwide. Most recently, the company celebrated the first graduates of AAMCO University's School of Franchise Ownership, in which nearly 10 franchise owners successfully completed its newly expanded curriculum focused on business ownership...

Tint World® Opens New Franchise In Denver »

July 31, 2015 at 4:50AM PDT | Source: Tint World

National Automotive Styling Centers™ franchise expands with all-new Colorado location.
July 31, 2015 // Franchising.com // BOCA RATON, Fla. – Tint World®, a leading auto accessory and window tinting franchise, has officially announced the opening of its Denver, Colorado location. Owned and operated by e-commerce specialist, Nathaniel Long, the Automotive Styling Centers™ location will provide area residents with vehicle customization services including window tinting, lighting, exterior protection, audio and mobile electronics installations, and more.
“Nathaniel is no stranger to automotive e-commerce, having built a handful of successful parts supply businesses in the past,” said Charles J. Bonfiglio, CEO of Tint World®...



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