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Lightning Audio has announced that it has partnered with DAS, Inc. as its distribution partner in the northeast and mid-Atlantic markets. Headquartered in central Pennsylvania, DAS is a leader in the consumer electronic (CE) market, most notably in 12-volt, in-vehicle technology.

"We are excited to be partnering with DAS," explained Al Congdon, Lightning Audio director of sales. "Building on an effective supplier program and best-in class service through its inside sales and service team, DAS will be very effective in bringing Lightning Audio to customers in their market."

Rockford Corporation has repositioned its Lightning Audio product line and distribution channels to support independent 12-volt specialist retailers. Lightning Audio has shifted its focus from mass retail chains to the independent retailers, eliminated MSRPâs and prohibited internet sales of any kind, to help dealers improve their profitability and differentiate their product lines. To give dealers an opportunity to achieve solid margins, each Lightning Audio product was designed with an "enhanced" feature and performance set. Features like dual spiders and vortex cones on woofers, die-cast frames on the co-axial speakers and one-band parametric EQs

OmniMount announced Monday that it will auction off a special, pink edition of its Prism 50 product, with the proceeds being donated to the American Cancer Society.

Mobile Solutions is offering 12-volt dealers a chance for hands-on training in “exteme” fabrication at its Tempe, Ariz., headquarters. Until recently, the company offered only basic and expert courses on the road, across the U.S. and Canada. The five-day Extreme Fabrication course is designed to allow experienced technicians and fabricators to enhance their capacities and offer their customers “something nobody else in their area is doing,” according to Bryan Schmitt, founder of Mobille Solutions. So far this year, technicians from as far away as Italy and Denmark have converged on Tempe for the seminar. While everyone who’s come so far was already working professionally, the company

Why teach business management to installers? Because oftentimes, says Bryan Schmitt, a trainer/consultant with Mobile Solutions in Tempe, Ariz., “a shop manager or a store owner is one in the same. I’ve had lots of technicians say to me, ‘You know -- those are some of the most important things I’ve learned -- learning how to charge, because we can do the work, but have lost money on those big jobs.’ Now they have a better understanding of the business side of the installation part of it. Also, I think it’s important that these guys, these installers, are not blind to what’s going on

In this day and age of challenges to the traditional mobile electronics business model, running a tighter, more efficient back office is no longer a wish; it’s imperative to survival. Small- to medium-sized M.E. establishment owners need to focus on keeping costs in check by maximizing the way they re-invest capital into their businesses, all while ensuring that their installers stay on top of industry trends and developments. That was the impetus behind the formation of Automotive Technology Group, a Tempe, Ariz.-based joint venture between Mobile Solutions (mobilesolutions-usa.com), brainchild of expert trainer Bryan Schmitt, and Todd Ramsey’s Ramsey Consulting Group. With the creation

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