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Ohio Entrepreneurs Respond to Automotive Industry’s “Green Friendly” Focus and Launch New PVD Coatings Production Facility

Ohio Entrepreneurs Respond to Automotive Industry’s “Green Friendly” Focus and Launch New PVD Coatings Production Facility. Chrome Is About To Go Green: Environmentally Friendly Technology to Bring Automotive Jobs to Ohio.

When it comes to the automotive industry, green is definitely in. Automakers and their suppliers are working to be more environmentally friendly by eliminating hazardous materials, lowering emissions and reducing the weight of their vehicles. One classic piece of automotive desires – chrome – is under heavy scrutiny due to durability and environmental issues it possesses. That is, until Onward Coatings flips the switch on its new facility.

Onward Coatings Company and Inc., along with Cleveland based Source Capital and Pillman, have brought together the expertise, vision and money to launch an alternative chrome coatings production facility in Cleveland, OH. Production is scheduled to begin late 4th quarter 2007. Which means by 2008, “Green Chrome” will be on the market.

“The environmental issues associated with traditional chrome plating are clear — most people have seen the movie Erin Brockovich, which first brought the hazards of hexavalent chrome to the public,” says Brian Boley, Onward co-founder. “Some of the chemicals used in traditional chrome plating are a real problem. As a result, government agencies are increasingly involved, passing an updated Personal Exposure Limit early 2006. With the automotive industry’s heightened focus on the environment, we have a chrome coatings technology that is production ready. The process Onward Coatings will be supplying is 100% environmentally friendly, substantially lighter, priced similar, and much more durable than the traditional process used to chrome plate wheels today.”

Onward Coatings’ technology uses powder paints combined with Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) to apply a smooth chrome look-finish to automotive wheels. The process has passed major automotive testing including GM4472P CASS and GM9525P Thermal Shock, all while retaining the deep rich chrome color the consumer desires.

Local Cleveland investor Jamie Pilla understands the opportunity. “Having an automotive background, I fully understood the business model presented by the Onward founders. I see a tremendous upside for not only the automotive industry, but also other industries that want a bright finish. That market relevance and perfect timing, combined with job creation for our area, made Onward a good fit for Pillman. I’m excited to partner with the Onward group and bring the plant to Cleveland.”

Onward’s plan was to open its initial production facility in Cleveland, Ohio late 2007. Initially, Onward planned to employ up to 30 people. The company’s model includes the building of a large scale production facility within 24 months, which will bring the potential employment figure to 100.

But Onward and its partners feel that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Onward Coatings’ licensing and technology commercialization partner, Inc., believes the opportunity extends well beyond this next facility. Phil Stern, co-founder and CEO comments, “We are excited about the opportunity to work with Onward in building business relationships that will accelerate the adoption of this technology in other geographic markets and for other applications beyond automotive chrome alternatives.”

About Onward Coatings Company, LLC
Onward Coatings Company, LLC was founded in 2003 to understand, test and bring to market PVD chrome coatings to the automotive industry. Our primary focus is supplying alternative coating and chrome plating options to the aftermarket and original equipment wheel industries. Onward’s management team has spent the last three years researching, testing and branding alternative chrome coatings to the automotive industry. Onward has developed the process to commercialize a viable chrome alternative, and is also focused on future advancements of the technology. Onward will continue to seek new ways to provide innovation in the way coatings are applied, the types of coating applications which can be applied in a more effective manner, and the products to which applying a coating will add value.

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If you would like more information about Onward Coatings, or to speak with Brian Boley, please call Brian at 614-778-2663 or email

About Source Companies, LLC
Since 1982, Source Companies, LLC has specialized in providing growth advisory and investment banking services to the controlling owners of medium-sized businesses. Typically a company begins to use our services when its revenue base is between $25 million to $250 million. We have successfully represented hundreds of such companies. Many of these have profitably grown to $300 million to over $2 billion in revenue size. Our services are designed to help the controlling owners of a business build a more profitable and more valuable company.

About, Inc. provides intellectual property consulting and licensing services to world-class clients around the globe. Inc. and its online marketplace were founded in 1999 to promote technology licensing and transfer, with joint investment from Siemens, Bayer, Honeywell, Dupont, Procter & Gamble, Caterpillar, and NTT Leasing. The privately held company has offices in the United States, Europe, and Japan. Its clientele consists of a quarter of the Fortune 1000. draws upon its global network of technology leaders in thousands of companies across all industries, to establish productive dialogs quickly.

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John Bleakley Motor Homes has been recognized as a 2007 Circle of Excellence winner by Winnebago Industries

John Bleakley Motor Homes, Douglasville and Unadilla, GA has been recognized as a 2007 Circle of Excellence winner by Winnebago Industries, Inc. To be honored as a Circle of Excellence dealer, John Bleakley Motor Homes excelled in customer satisfaction.

Winnebago Industries established the industry’s first dealer excellence program in 1986 in order to recognize select dealers for excellence in customer satisfaction. At Winnebago Industries’ annual Dealer Days event in Las Vegas, Nevada, 162 dealers were honored with the Circle of Excellence award in recognition of their excellence in customer satisfaction as it relates to the customers’ sales and service experience with the dealer.

“Winnebago Industries and its dealers will always place emphasis on product quality and customer satisfaction,” said Winnebago Industries’ Vice President of Sales and Marketing Roger Martin. “We are exceptionally proud of John Bleakley Motor Homes who has demonstrated excellence in achieving satisfaction with their customers.”

Circle of Excellence scoring is determined by rating dealers in four categories: the Purchase and Delivery Satisfaction study, which is direct customer feedback after the purchase of a motor home; the Customer Satisfaction Study, a survey sent to customers six months after their purchase; a Sales and Marketing Assessment that looks at a dealership’s sales, market share, stocking levels and participation in product training, Dealer Days and the Winnebago Itasca Travelers Club (WIT); and a Service Parts Assessment that evaluates a dealership’s warranty, service training and certified technicians, and traveling customer care.

“For the second year, Winnebago Industries has raised the standard for achieving Circle of Excellence status by increasing the minimum score required on customer satisfaction surveys,” said Martin. “We’re proud to recognize John Bleakley Motor Homes has risen to this challenge again in 2007.”

John Bleakley Motor Homes carries the Winnebago® and Itasca® lines of motor homes from Winnebago Industries.

Winnebago Industries, Inc. is the leading U.S. manufacturer of motor homes, self contained recreation vehicles used primarily in leisure travel and outdoor recreation activities. The Company builds quality motor homes under the Winnebago and Itasca brand names with state-of-the-art computer-aided design and manufacturing systems on automotive-styled assembly lines. John Bleakley, serving Georgia and the Nation for over 39 years, has 3 locations in Georgia:

1) 6200 Fairburn Road, Douglasville, GA 30134, (888) 527-8287
2) 4411 Bankhead Hwy., Douglasville, GA 30134, (877) 247-3594
3) 445 Bleakley Blvd., Unadilla, GA 31091, (877) 456-3700

John Bleakley RV is open 7 days a week and is a full-service dealer with over 60 service bays, fully-stocked parts departments at all three locations in addition to having one of the most knowledgeable and friendly sales staff in the industry. Recently named the #1 Motorhome Dealer for all of Georgia in class A motorhome sales, class C motorhome sales and total motorhome sales, John Bleakley Motor Homes is the premiere RV Dealer in Georgia, the Southeast and the Country. Contact information, industry links and real-time inventory can always be viewed online at

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Mini Mania

Mini Mania was founded in 1974 and has grown to become a multi-million dollar market leader that provides high quality aftermarket parts that include its own ULTRIK(tm) line of high performance parts and very specialized services to a growing customer base of approximately 100,000 consumers around the world.

Mini Mania solidified its market leadership position in 2001 by becoming the first company in the US to import the then all new BMW MINI to use as a product and performance test bed. Shortly thereafter, Mini Mania began to offer a suite of “lifestyle enhancement products” that appeal to recent purchasers of the MINI Cooper™ automobile.

Mini Mania is headquartered in a 16,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility in the Northern California foothills outside of Sacramento. The company’s dynamic web site is truly a one of a kind information portal for any Mini Cooper enthusiast, containing over 50,000 pages of unique content augmented with 50,000 part numbers, technical articles and interactive community forums. Each month 75-100,000 individuals access the web site for research and purchase of Mini Cooper parts and accessories.

The company has recently opened Mini Mania UK, a standalone subsidiary in the UK, to better serve the growing European market. For more information: Mini Mania, Inc., 800.946.2642.

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