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Our Giant 50% Flash Sale flyer is at the printers and will go into the mail "soon". It should arrive the week of September 12. And will be posted on our website as well.
It is with great pleasure I share with you our growth. Not just growth in sales, but growth in our people. We've long had the policy of promoting from within and it has been a good one. We are able to take experienced people who know our company, know our customers, our products, our systems, our customer-oriented culture, and promote them almost seamlessly into greater responsibilities. So with a silent drumroll ("ta da") please welcome the following to their new challenges:
We've been doing NeoCon for over 20 years now, and trust us when we say this was our best show yet!
The trucks just left with our 140 foot long booth for NEOCON! It takes three 53' trucks to haul it all from LA to Chicago. Our little street here in a residential part of downtown Torrance was filled with honking horns and waving fists from irate drivers, while the trucks bobbed and weaved like prizefighters, trying to back into our little driveway to be loaded. It was a sight! Thankfully a short one so the neighbors are happy once again.
One of the benefits we offer is, after five years' employment, a three month fully paid sabbatical. Actually I borrowed the concept from academia, where the idea was that a professor took a break from teaching for a school term to follow his muses. And came back refreshed. Why not? Our people come back tanned and relaxed and eager to get back to building the biz.
In memory of our dearly missed employee, Hector Tovar, who was tragically taken from us in 2000, we annually award The Hector Tovar Award to the employee(s) who best exemplify his incredibly infectious spirit. Believe me, it is a Big Moment. Employees submit their choices and the submissions are well thought out and considerate. This year I am pleased to announce there were two winners, Paul de Leon and Paul Harkin. They work closely together, Paul de Leon in drafting, and Paul Harkin in building our trade show exhibits. They work so closely they are referred to as "Paul Squared".
After only one month into 2016, we are already making huge progress on a number of new parts. We expect to launch several of these new products in the first quarter, including our recent Design Competition winning entries. If this first month is setting the tone for 2016 as a whole, we are going to be in for a busy production year!
2015 was a great year for new products. We introduced 48 new product families, which translates into 579 new SKUs. 2016 looks to be an even better year. We already have some 40+ new products in development, not all of which will make the final cut, but perhaps 30 will. Not all bad. Later in the year we plan to produce another 300+ page full line color catalog, and mail it to everyone on our mailing list. This is a massive (read: expensive!) undertaking which is why we do it only every 3-4 years!
Can you believe 2015 is coming to a close already? Another year gone by. That's not to say it wasn't a year to remember though!
Last month I wrote glowingly about the upcoming Carrera Panamericana. We had a great car and great expectations, and nearly fulfilled them. Key word "nearly".
Everywhere in North America the month of October means that football season is in full swing. Except in Mexico! That country welcomes the annual running of La Carrera Panamericana, a race/rally from southern to northern Mexico. The route tries to emulate that of the original Pan Am, held from 1950 to 1954, run by the government to obtain publicity for the new Pan American highway running the length of Mexico and joining the USA to Guatemala, to say nothing of starting a modern highway system. And it was a wild affair, too! The race went full tilt through towns and villages, chickens scattered, hay bales exploded, and more than one spectator lost his life. Declaring they'd received enough PR (but really to end the carnage) the Mexican government closed it down after the 1954 race.
While we hope everyone is enjoying Summer 2015 - and it's been a warm and dry one most everywhere - we've been at work on new temptations. Hard to believe we have some 40-50 new ideas in the works, most of which will debut shortly after New Year's.
Seems like the winter of 2014-2015 is just not giving up without a struggle! But it will soon give way to sunny days and clear, blue skies.
Trade Show season is just around the corner and are we excited about it! The schedule where we will be exhibiting can be found on our Trade Shows page, and I trust you will be able to stop by, see our incredible new concepts, and say hello to our knowledgeable staff. We are proud of our new products, all designed to enhance your future.
2014 has come and gone in a flash! Far too quickly Winter turned to Spring to Summer to Fall... and now back to Winter! Opportunities and problems came and went, but the sun rose every day! Not all bad.
Hard to believe another 12 months has gone by. Where does the time go? Worse, the older we get the faster it seems to go by!
October means La Carrera Panamericana - the 7 day 2500 mile rally the length of Mexico - and we were in it again, for at least the 20th time since 1988; maybe even 24 or 25 times.
As you may know we have spent some time getting our new Catalog 23 ready. It has just been mailed and you will be receiving yours soon if you already do not have it. It is chock-full of new stuff and we are "cautiously optimistic", as they say, you will approve!
As you know from our previous announcement, the Pro Mazda Series ended with an incredible come-from-behind finish and was won by Spencer Pigot, the young driver that we proudly sponsor. The race aired on NBC Sports on a program titled "The Road to Indy" and had extensive coverage on Spencer's journey up to the final race in Sonoma and ended with the spectacular finish. Spencer remains cool and collected with the maturity and focus of a true champion after winning the prize money and moving on to Indy Lights.
Groan... Labor Day marks the official end of summer so back to work we all go. No more R&R at the beach or the lake or the mountains.
More to come but we finally got car working properly and were first on the two last days.
With Labor Day weekend just behind us, Summer is officially over. Back to work!
Now the challenge: race on everyday pavement for two miles, then on dirt for three, then on pavement for another three, then on dirt for the final four miles.