Performance & Hotrod Business - Mar. '15

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12 n Performance & Hotrod Business n March 2015 Omix-ADA Backs Trail Access Program Jeep parts manufacturer and wholesaler Omix- ADA will continue fund- ing its popular Rugged Ridge Trail Access Program in 2015. The program makes grants of up to $5,000 available to organizations helping to advance the off-road hobby. It has supported a number of non-profit off-road organizations including the Blue Ribbon Coalition; the Colorado Off- Highway Vehicle Coalition (COHVCO); the Colorado Association of 4WD Clubs; Friends of Uwharrie; New Mexico Off- Highway Vehicle Alliance; the Off-Road Business Association; Stay the Trail; and Del Albright's Volunteer Leader & Land Stewardship (VLLS) Course, among others. The early success of the program in 2014 encouraged the company to continue support- ing it with grant approvals for 2015, according to the announcement. Each of the grants—which come as part of a larger philanthropic effort from Omix-ADA, Rugged Ridge's parent com- pany—were designated for use toward educa- tion, stewardship, litigation or any other activity advocating the conservation of public land and access to recreational trails. "We're pleased to have approved grant applications that support a variety of causes in 2014 and look forward to supporting additional organizations in 2015," said Henk Van Dongen, director of marketing at Omix-ADA. "Ultimately, our goal is to support the people and organiza- tions working to protect access to public land and recreational trails across the country— improving education about the off-road hobby and matters of conservation—so our open spaces remain that way for generations of off- roaders to enjoy for years to come." SLAMSTOP Enters U.S Market SLAMPSTOP, the global manufacturer of a sophisticated soft-close vehicle door device, is expanding to the U.S. with a new headquarters location, distribution center and certified installer network to position the product for businesses and consumers. The vehicle door system appeals to a wide range of potential cus- tomer niches including street rods, classic cars, fleet vehicles, limos, exot- ics, luxury cars, performance cars, trucks and SUVs, and even a company that builds fire engines, according to a press release. Michael Oakes, vice president of business development and sales, said SLAMSTOP USA LLC is entering the market with a Southern California-based distribution and customer service center as well as an installation facility. Once completed, Oakes, will be joined at the facility by Dmitry Iurgens, chief financial offi- cer, and Anton Dyshkant, director of marketing, according to a press release. "When I first learned of SLAMSTOP, I was excited that there was a product that I could sell through multiple automotive channels," said Oakes. "Once our U.S. warehouse and offices are established, we'll be searching for the best installers from the East Coast to West Coast to build a strong, nationwide installer network." The SLAMSTOP system works with all standard driver and passenger doors, as well as sliding doors, using a sensor that automatically monitors when a vehicle's door reaches a specific distance from the door frame. As soon as the space is detected, a sensor is triggered and transfers the infor- mation to the SLAMSTOP operating system to secure the door shut with a soft close. Oakes Calico Introduces New Chief Financial Officer Performance coatings applicator Calico Coatings, Denver, North Carolina, has announced Ambrose Kalmbach as its chief financial officer, working with Tracy Trotter, Calico president, and the rest of the management team. For the past 14 years, Kalmbach served as a split-time CFO for numerous companies in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area, helping them manage their growth and finding creative solutions to their financial, managerial and strategic challenges, according to a press release. He has also assisted in the financing of entrepreneurial companies and analyzed numerous industries as a venture capital investor. "Ambrose is already making a significant impact on how we manage the financial side of our business," Trotter said. "He understands how that empowers our company mission." Kalmbach's accomplishments include creating, marketing and selling a community bank's cash management services to its small business customers, the release noted. He was a team leader in the develop- ment of an automated, small business lending software system for First Union. "I am proud and excited to serve as Calico's CFO," he said. "The company is uniquely positioned to provide coating solutions for a wide variety of applications." Calico Coatings is a performance coatings applicator that works across numerous high-performance industries, applying coatings that can withstand extreme pressure, reduce friction and wear, and save fuel. Kalmbach

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