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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®...

MDA And Jiffy Lube Team Up To Support The Fight Against Muscle Disease With Fourth Annual MUSCLE UP! Campaign »

July 30, 2015 at 4:26AM PDT | Source: Jiffy Lube

Relationship with MDA Encourages Drivers to Give Back Through In-Store Donations.
CHICAGO, (PRWEB) July 29, 2015 - The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is pleased to announce that Jiffy Lube® is hosting its fourth annual MUSCLE UP!SM campaign. As part of the program, Jiffy Lube invites drivers to visit participating Jiffy Lube® service centers from Aug. 1 through Sept. 7, 2015 to make a donation to MDA to help kids and adults fighting muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases that severely limit muscle strength and mobility.
Since 2012, Jiffy Lube has raised more than $3.5 million nationally for MDA through the MUSCLE UP! program. Vital funds raised help MDA push science to its limits in the search for cutting-edge treatments and cures for debilitating neuromuscular diseases, and support MDA’s life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and clinics...

Ziebart Of Rochester, NY Supports Local Resident In His Fight Against Cancer »

July 23, 2015 at 9:20AM PDT | Source: Ziebart
Ziebart Opportunities Available

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - July 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Ziebart of Rochester, NY is proudly supporting a long-time area resident and his family in his fight against cancer. On April 28th 2015, Rob Denk was diagnosed with Angioimmuneblastic T-Cell Lymphoma – a very rare form of cancer. Because he was unable to obtain local health insurance, he was forced to make the move, almost 3,000 miles from home to Washington State to get the medical treatment he so desperately needs. With full-body radiation and chemotherapy ongoing, Rob is feeling very weak and sick most of the time. Unfortunately, all of this has contributed to the fact that he has been separated from his family for almost 3 full months. More than anything, Rob wants to spend some quality time with his four children and to be expected, flying all of his children across the country is prohibitively expensive...

Tint World® Opens New Franchise In Duluth »

July 23, 2015 at 5:59AM PDT | Source: Tint World

National Automotive Styling Center™ Franchise Expands with All-New Georgia Location
July 23, 2015 // Franchising.com // BOCA RATON, Fla. – Tint World®, a leading auto accessory and window tinting franchise, has officially announced the opening of its Duluth, Georgia location. Owned and operated by industry veteran, Eddie Kim, the Automotive Styling Center™ will provide area residents with vehicle customization services including window tinting, lighting, exterior protection, audio and mobile electronics installations, and more.
“As a 40 year veteran, Eddie’s all-new store is a true asset to the Duluth community as well as the Tint World® franchise system,” said Charles J. Bonfiglio, CEO of Tint World®...

Snap-on Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results »

July 23, 2015 at 4:22AM PDT | Source: Snap-on Tools


Organic sales up 8.4%;
Operating earnings before financial services of 17.7% of sales improves 100 basis points;
Diluted EPS of $2.03 increases 12.8%

KENOSHA, Wis. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - July 23, 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 operating results for the second quarter of 2015.

Sales of $851.8 million increased $25.3 million, or 3.1%, from 2014 levels; excluding $43.4 million of unfavorable foreign currency translation and $2.8 million of acquisition-related sales, organic sales increased $65.9 million or 8...

Auto-Lab Texas’ Commitment To Their Community Extends Past Auto Care »

July 23, 2015 at 4:02AM PDT | Source: Auto-Lab

Auto-Lab Texas Proudly Supports Local Firefighters and EMS in the Month of July
Houston, TX (PRWEB) July 23, 2015 - The Houston-based Communitas Auto Group LLC (Auto-Lab Texas) is a faith-based business that exceeds quality of customer service by providing honest and reliable auto repair at an affordable price, while striving to fulfill their mission to inspire community restoration through complete car care.
With one location already open in the Spring, Texas area and two more locations set to open this year in the greater Houston area, Auto-Lab Texas looks forward to its future growth.
“We look forward to growing with the Houston area and becoming a valuable member of the local community,” said Teak Daniele, Franchise Operations Director at Auto-Lab Texas...

Big O Tires Recognizes 43 Scholarship Recipients For 2015 »

July 22, 2015 at 10:07AM PDT | Source: Big O Tires, LLC
Big O Tires, LLC Opportunities Available

Organization Believes in The Power of Education and Giving Back to Future Generations 
July 22, 2015 // Franchising.com // Palm Beach Gardens, FL – For more than 50 years, Big O Tires, one of North America's largest retail tire franchisors with nearly 400 independently-owned and operated locations in 19 states, along with its franchisees, have worked diligently to give back to the local communities they serve. Recently, the organization once again took that concept of giving back into their own hands through the Big O Tires Scholarship Fund.
The Big O Tires Scholarship Fund was established in 2003. To-date, the scholarship fund has impacted the lives of more than 200 students by providing over $300,000 in financial assistance for continuing their education and, ultimately, pursuing their dreams...

New Batteries Plus Bulbs Survey Reveals 9 In 10 Americans Have At Least One Battery-Powered Device With A Poor Performing Battery »

July 22, 2015 at 5:30AM PDT | Source: Batteries Plus Bulbs
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Out of the 90 Percent of those Regularly Experiencing Reduced Battery Life, 57 Percent Say Their Smartphone is Quickest to Lose Power
HARTLAND, Wis. - July 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Batteries Plus Bulbs, the nation's largest and fastest-growing battery, light bulb, and smartphone/tablet repair franchise, today released the results of a nationwide survey with Kelton Research that evaluated the main issues consumers face in regards to their electronic devices - battery life and damage. The survey reveals 39 percent of sampled Americans are currently using broken smartphones, with 56 percent of that group stating poor battery life as their number one issue. Results also show nine in 10 Americans have at least one electronic device that runs out of battery power sooner than expected, with smartphones draining the quickest according to 57 percent of those surveyed...

MAACO And Meineke Award Life-Changing Gift During Series Premiere Of Fox's Live Can't-Miss Television Event "Knock Knock Live" »

July 22, 2015 at 4:14AM PDT | Source: MAACO Collision Repair and Auto Painting

July 22, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHARLOTTE, NC - Top automotive brands MAACO and Meineke partnered with FOX's new unscripted television event "Knock Knock Live" to surprise a worthy, Atlanta-based nonprofit during the series premiere Tuesday, July 21. MAACO and Meineke awarded the Atlanta Music Project a fully customized 15-passenger van to help the organization transport its students to and from concerts and performances. In addition to the van, MAACO and Meineke donated $50,000 to the organization.
"Our gift to the Atlanta Music Project is an excellent example of the service promise we deliver to customers and an extension of our brands' commitment to invest in the communities we serve," said Artemio Garza, CMO of MAACO and Meineke...

Hertz Appoints James Mueller Senior Vice President, International Sales, Marketing And Revenue Management »

July 21, 2015 at 10:54AM PDT | Source: Hertz

ESTERO, Fla. and LONDON - July 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - The Hertz Corporation (NYSE: HTZ) today announced that Jim Mueller has been appointed Senior Vice President for International Sales, Marketing and Revenue Management effective July 21, and will be based at Hertz's international headquarters office outside of London. Mr. Mueller will report functionally to Jeffrey Foland, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer, and operationally to Michel Taride, Group President, Rent a Car International.
Mr. Mueller will be responsible for Hertz Rent a Car international sales and marketing activity, revenue management (pricing) and ancillary revenues. He joins Hertz as a senior-level international sales and marketing executive with extensive experience in the Asia/Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa and India regions most recently as Senior Vice President, Global Sales for Etihad Airways, and previously holding international positions for United Airlines and Northwest/Delta Airlines...

New Brightway Insurance Office To Open In Winter Springs »

July 21, 2015 at 5:11AM PDT | Source: Brightway Insurance

July 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – Long-time Central Florida businessman Derrick Vance is putting his more than 15 years’ property/casualty insurance experience to work as the newest owner of a Brightway Insurance agency at 1196 Tree Swallow Drive, Suite 1322 in the Winter Springs Town Center. The agency will open on Monday, July 27, the company announced.
Brightway Insurance is a national property/casualty insurance retailer selling through a network of franchised independent agencies throughout the country, serving the insurance needs of over 250,000 policy holders.
Brightway agencies, including The Vance Agency, represent more than twice as many insurance companies as other independent insurance agencies, providing the broadest possible choice to consumers...

Speedemissions, Inc. Reports Financial Results For First Quarter 2015 »

July 20, 2015 at 10:06AM PDT | Source: SpeedEmissions Car Care, LLC

ATLANTA, GA - (Marketwired - Jul 20, 2015) - Speedemissions, Inc. (OTC PINK: SPMI) (the "Company"), a national brand offering quick and efficient automobile emissions testing and safety inspections as required by law, with locations in Atlanta, GA. and St. Louis, MO., today announced its financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2015.
Financial and Operational Highlights for Quarter-End March 31st, 2015

First quarter revenue decreased 53.7% to $832,803, compared to $1,797,811 in same quarter ended March 31, 2014. This reduction in revenue is almost entirely related to the permanent closing of ten stores, plus the sale of eleven stores during 2014.
Same store sales in St. Louis improved 35.1%, Salt Lake 3...

Christian Brothers Auto Repair Franchise Posts Increase In Franchisee Revenue »

July 20, 2015 at 8:23AM PDT | Source: Christian Brothers Automotive

Average Yearly Revenue Is on the Rise for the Faith-Based Automotive Repair Franchise
HOUSTON, TX - (Marketwired - Jul 20, 2015) - Christian Brothers Automotive Repair, a national, faith-based franchise system, posted an increase in average franchisee earnings in its 2015 Franchise Disclosure Document, which documents earnings from the previous year.
The average in-store revenue of Christian Brothers Franchise Owners increased 4.4% from 2013 to 2014. In 2013, the company reported that franchise-owned stores were averaging $1,174,586 in revenue. In 2014, the average in-store revenue number jumped to $1,225,862. The rise in last year's in-store revenue is significant because the company included 12 more stores in its calculations than it did in 2013...

Tint World® Opens New Franchise In Beckley »

July 20, 2015 at 7:29AM PDT | Source: Tint World

National Automotive Styling Centers™ Franchise Launches First West Virginia Location
July 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // BOCA RATON, Fla. - Tint World®, a leading auto accessory and window tinting franchise, has recently announced the opening of its Beckley, West Virginia location. Owned and operated by Rick and Sandy Robertson, the husband and wife team will provide area residents with vehicle customization services including window tinting, full details, audio and mobile electronics installations, and more.
Tint World Beckley“There are more than 700,000 registered automobiles in West Virginia, and with the Robertson’s all-new store we’re looking forward to tapping into this impressive automotive market,” said Charles J...

Meineke Selects Clutch To Drive Strategic Customer Experience Program »

July 14, 2015 at 6:58AM PDT | Source: Meineke Car Care Centers
Meineke Car Care Centers Opportunities Available

Automotive service leader partners with Consumer Management innovator to develop industry-leading program built to strengthen customer relationships and enhance the brand experience.
PHILADELPHIA - July 14, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Clutch, a pioneering Consumer Management platform that delivers customer intelligence and engagement solutions to premium brands, announced today a strategic partnership with Meineke Car Care Centers. A leader in automotive service, maintenance and repair, Meineke chose Clutch to design and power a comprehensive solution that will enhance Meineke consumer engagement. Built using Clutch’s advanced consumer management technology, the program will focus on delivering value, increased relevancy and stronger, more meaningful consumer-technician relationships throughout the more than 900 centers in North America...

AAMCO Partners With BoeFly To Accelerate Franchise Development Nationwide »

July 14, 2015 at 6:55AM PDT | Source: AAMCO Transmissions

World's Largest Franchise of Transmission Specialists to Offer Competitive Financing Services to Prospective and Existing Franchisees
HORSHAM, Pa. - July 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - AAMCO, the world's largest chain of transmission specialists and leader in total car care, today announced it has partnered with BoeFly, an online marketplace for small business borrowers and lenders, to accelerate national franchise development of the brand. Through this strategic partnership, AAMCO will be able to leverage BoeFly's nationwide network of lenders to help new and existing franchisees secure the financing needed to open and run their businesses successfully.
"At AAMCO, we are committed to the success of our franchisees and this partnership will position us for continued growth," said Brett Ponton, president and CEO of AAMCO Transmission, Inc...

Big O Tires Sells Interest In Franchisee To MFA Petroleum Company »

July 13, 2015 at 9:39AM PDT | Source: Big O Tires, LLC
Big O Tires, LLC Opportunities Available

July 13, 2015 // Franchising.com // Palm Beach Gardens, FL - For 17 years, Big O Tires, LLC (“Big O”) and MFA Petroleum Company (“MFA”) have owned and operated multiple Big O Tires locations as a joint venture under the BORE/MPC LLC entity, a Big O franchisee. Recently, Big O and MFA committed to a mutually beneficial agreement under which MFA purchased Big O’s portion of BORE/MPC LLC; all 14 existing locations in Missouri and Arkansas will continue to operate as Big O Tires locations under the ownership of MFA.
The existing franchise agreements enable MFA to continue operating the locations as Big O Tires franchises. In addition to established locations, future locations will also operate under the Big O Tires brand...



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