Hi-Pro Audio Wins NavAtlas Prize on the 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel Spin 116

SHREVEPORT LA (02.26.21)  WTF…Win This Friday. Hi-Pro Audio won the NavAtlas prize on the 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel on Friday morning, February 26th.

The 12volt Spin-to-Win Wheel was created to bring an element of fun to the 12volt industry. Two months ago we celebrated the 2nd Anniversary of the weekly 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel.

The 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel rolled for 116th time on Friday morning February 26th. The Wheel landed on the NavAtlas space. The NavAtlas slip was drawn from the jar and an Instagram post of the winning slip was posted. A video of the Wheel spin was also posted. We have reached out to Henry Hosek with the good news that a NavAtlas Handheld Radio would be headed their way from Patrick Brooks at NavAtlas.

Spinning out a winner each Friday, the lucky 12volt retailer can win a cool prize and top brands receive visibility across the marketplace.

12volt brands with a space on the 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel include Kicker, NavAtlas, SiriusXM, Accele, PowerBass, CRUX, DS18, SoundStream, AIS, JBL, Design Engineering, Power Acoustik, JVC, ZZ-2 and Sketch My Ride. 12volt News $100. cash awards have spaces on the 12volt Spin-To-Wheel for a winning 12volt retailer.

Past winners of the 12volt Spin-To-Win include…Stereo & Video Center-Tyler TX, The Outlaw Garage-Franklin TN, Exotic Sounds-West Palm Beach FL, Endless Possibilities-Aurora IL., Go Auto Sound in Union City NJ, Al&Ed’s South Bay CA, No Limitz Car Audio in Upland CA, Neil’s Specialty-Eureka CA, Sturgess Customs-Lexington SC, Audio By Art-San Antonio TX, SMS Car Audio in Marreo LA and Sweet Wheelz in Mississauga Ontario Canada, Cartronics in Biscayne FL, The CarAudio Shop in St Louis MO, Exotic Sounds in West Palm Beach FL, High North Customs in Grand Prairie Alberta Canada and AMS Audio in Bakersfield CA, Team QRT in Abbeyville LA and California Sound in Fontana CA and Jackie Cooper Electronics, Oklahoma City OK, MARS Audio-Orlando FL, All American Audio in Nutley NJ, Proline Car Stereo in Brooklyn NY, Custom Shop Miami, Tunes and Tint in Lakeland FL, Mobile Concepts Inc in Mokena IL, Seismic Auto Sound in Concord CA, Brooklyn Car Audio in Brooklyn NY, Audio Solutions in Florence MS, Enhanced Customs in Largo FL, Rayco Auto Clinic, Audio Design in San Jose CA, Go Bass Mode in Florida, Avenue Sound in Freeport NY, Audio Plus in Riverview FL, Stereo Zone in Whittier CA, In-Phase Car Audio in Omaha NE, AutoLife Group, N&H Electronics, SK Customs, Land & Sea, The Audio One, NC Custom Shop,Tint World Orlando, Ricky Smith’s Audio, VIP Custom Woks, Mobile Audio Concepts, Audio Lad, Sound Sensations, Dave’s Stereo, Stereo Design, Badlands Customs, Custom Audio-Erie PA, Voltz Autosports-Bridgeport CT, Infinity Sound and Security-Kissimmee, Autosport Plus-Canton OH, Stereo City Pros in Carmichael CA, Devine Concepts in Naples FL, The Sound Shop in Indian Trail NC, Extreme Performance Audio in Fresno CA, Audio Depot in Arlington TX, Audio Security in Houston TX, Earmark Car Audio and Marine in Lewisville TX, Audio Jam in Bear DE, Stereo City Ontario, Ontario CA, Audio By Art, San Antonio TX, Code Zero Customs in Tulsa OK, Ken’s Car Tunes in Mobile AL, Soundz Plus in Naperville IL, Markland Designs in Lithonia GA, Electronics Plus in Salinas CA, Xtreme Autosports in Santa Clarita CA, Superior Audio Sounds in San Angelo TX and Model Electronics in Ramsey NJ, Texas Dreamz Customs in Spring TX, Wired Electronics in Linden NJ and Intense Car Audio in OKC, OK, Underground Auto in Sarasota FL, Car Toys Tulsa in Tulsa OK,  Real Audio in Erie PA, Go Autosound in Union NJ, DFM Stereo in Ukiah CA, Impact Tint and Audio in Tyler TX, Mobile Sound Systems in Arlington TX, Redline Audio and Performance In Spindale NC, Car Audio Land in San Diego CA, Audio X Custom Car Audio in Florence AL, River Oaks Car Stereo in Houston TX, American Radio Orlando in Sanford FL, Illustrious Customs in Woodbridge VA, Remote Start Pros in Lawrence MA, HiPro Audio in Victoria TX, AudioPlanetNY in Huntington Station NY, Endless Possibilities in Aurora IL, Audio Finesse in Santa Monica, Drive Customs in San Luis Obispo CA, Custom Works, Noblesville IN, AtoZ Detail in West Haven CT, Cars 843 in Charleston SC, CarTunes Atlanta in Atlanta GA, Mobile Concepts in Garwood NJ, Duke’s Car Stereo in Flint MI, Infinity Auto Sound, King Car Audio in Norwalk CT, PopTronics in Baltimore MD, Sanford Sound in Sanford ME,  Angelvip2474 in Draper UT and Dynamic Car Audio in Baltimore MD. Congratulations to all.

WTF… Where’s the Fun. On next spin of the 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel will be on Friday, March 5th.

Distributor Celsus UK Appoints INDEMAR S.p.A. as KICKER Marine Distributor for Italy

STILLWATER, OK (02.26.2021) – Celsus UK, Poole-based distributor for KICKER Marine products in Europe, recently announced its appointment of INDEMAR to manage the Italian market for the U.S.-based manufacturer of performance 12-volt audio products.

Celsus UK believes the selection of INDEMAR begins a new chapter in a very strategic part of the European marine-electronics market. A well-respected Italian distributor of high-quality technical marine products since 1972, INDEMAR are positioned for even more success in the marine-audio segment.

INDEMAR associates (from left): Davide Clavarino, Paolo Gatti and Massmilino Figus.

“We’re very excited to have a company such as INDEMAR represent our marine products in Italy,” said David Glasgow, KICKER International Sales Manager. “We are confident the combination of their expertise and our products’ quality will deliver fantastic results.”

“We are very happy to add KICKER to our portfolio,” said Paolo Gatti, Marine Sales Manager of INDEMAR S.p.A. “INDEMAR is a distributor of top-quality products in the Italian market, and I’m sure we will have a great success with KICKER.”

Celsus UK Sales Director Mike Keenan added, “Passion, expertise and focus are key qualities to success in the marine-audio market, and we are confident that we have found this in our new partner INDEMAR. We are very happy to have Paolo and his team on board.”

KICKER Marine products are designed around two principles: Reproducing high-quality audio as the artist intended, and ensuring KICKER Real Marine products survive harsh marine environments. The range provides complete end-to-end solutions for all vessel types, creating an exciting audio experience that becomes the soundtrack to all maritime activity. The KICKER marine range of source units, speakers, amplifiers, subwoofers and accessories are gaining a powerful reputation for quality performance and value since their introduction to the European market. INDEMAR joins a growing network of distributors across Europe.

Visit www.indemar.com, celsusice.co.uk, and kicker.com/marine-audio for more.

Alpine Electronics Now Shipping the New Alpine Halo9 Multimedia Receiver

AUBURN HILLS, MI (02.25.2021) – Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. is now shipping the iLX-F409 Alpine Halo9 Multimedia Receiver with a 9-inch, customizable touchscreen display. The new receiver is the culmination of the Alpine Halo Display lineup.

Beyond Factory Technology

The Alpine Halo display platform is known for its oversized, “floating” screen and versatile installation into virtually any vehicle. The sleek, tapered edges outlined in a silver trim, along with smartphone integration capability, modernizes the technology in any dash that can house a single-DIN receiver.

The launch of the iLX-F409 and the iLX-F411 signals a new generation of the Alpine Halo models that are a culmination of all the fan-favorite features, including customizable home screens, media expandability with HDMI connectivity, and iDatalink Maestro Module compatibility.

Features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and built-in Bluetooth hands-free calling with audio streaming allows access to your music, messages, phone calls, and maps on your smartphone via USB. These features are controlled through touch or voice commands with the included external microphone. SiriusXM Radio is available with an optional tuner and paid subscription for even more music and entertainment on your drive.

System Compatibility

Upgrading dash technology can often result in a loss of factory functionality, such as steering wheel controls and access to engine codes. However, the iLX-F409 is compatible with the iDatalink Maestro Module (sold separately) allowing select OEM features to be retained and vehicle information displayed on the 9-inch screen.

A reverse RCA camera input is included so you can add a rearview camera (sold separately) that overlays guidelines onto the screen for ease when moving in reverse. Additional cameras can be added with the KCX-C2600B Universal Front and Rear Camera Selector (sold separately).

While the iLX-F409 is mech-less (no CD/DVD player) an HDMI input and output is included so you can connect a CD, DVD player, or even your smartphone for an all-digital audio and video connection through a single cable.

The iLX-F409 is now shipping at a MAP of $699.95 and will be available at Alpine Authorized retailers and at Preferred Online Stores. Installation options can be found on the Alpine-USA website through the store locator.

Visit alpine-usa.com for more.

AudioControl Names 2020 Rep of the Year Award, Mobile Products

SEATTLE, WA (02.24.2021) – AudioControl has named Dynamic Sales & Marketing of New Port Richey, Florida their 2020 Rep of the Year for Mobile Products. Dynamic Sales & Marketing was founded in 2002, and covers the state of Florida with a team of three, including Principal John Schneid covering the Western portion of the state, JC Iglesias covering the Southeast region and Bruno Maffucci covering Orlando and North-Central Florida.

John Schneid

Dynamic Sales & Marketing has always been highly selective about working with the finest manufacturer partners that deliver the best products and services to dealers in their territory. “My team and I are very grateful to have been recognized with this award by a respected vendor such as AudioControl,” explained Schneid. “Our success in 2020 can largely be attributed to hard work and our commitment to be knowledgeable sales consultants for the brands we represent in a rapidly changing industry. AudioControl delivers outstanding products that both provide superior performance, key features that the dealers must have as well as exceptional customer service. They are great people who are passionate about their brand—and the dealers love working with them.”

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“I want to congratulate John and his team for doing an exceptional job representing the AudioControl brand through what has been a very challenging year,” explained Chris Bennett, Director of Mobile Audio for AudioControl. “The Dynamic Sales & Marketing team has made every effort to understand the products and services we offer and partner with the finest 12-volt specialists throughout the state of Florida to achieve success. We look forward to another excellent year working together in 2021.”

Visit audiocontrol.com for more.

Norcal Sales Now Proudly Representing JVC Mobile in Hawaii

LONG BEACH, CA (02.23.2021) – JVC Mobile Entertainment has announced that Norcal Sales & Marketing is now representing its products in Hawaii. 

Led by their president John Tatro, Norcal Sales & Marketing has been offering sales representation in Northern California and Nevada for nearly 20 years.  Last year, Norcal added Keoni Watson to its team, a veteran rep that lives on the island of Oahu.  Watson was born and raised in Oahu and has been a manufacturer’s representative there for the past 24 years.  He lives by his motto of always wanting to a bring value to his dealer base and assist them in growing their business. 

Norcal Sales Now Proudly Representing JVC Mobile in Hawaii

“Since our inception, we have been executing business plans that meet and exceed expectations of our vendor partners,” said Tatro.  “Having an established, well received native rep that is based in the islands is key to effectively servicing that dealer base.”

“Norcal Sales has already been representing JVC products in Northern California and Nevada since 2008, even being selected as our rep of the year 4 times,” said Ron Trout, JVC Director of Sales. “Their track record has been proven time and time again, and I’m confident that they will offer this same level of top-notch service and support to JVC dealers in the Hawaii market.”   

Visit us.jvc.com/car and norcalsalesmktg.com for more.

SoundShield Welcomes DOW Electronics to Distribution Channel

ANCHORAGE, AK (02.22.2021) – SoundShield has announced DOW Electronics as their newest distribution partner. DOW now stocks and sells SoundShield sound deadening and noise control products in 10 Southern region US States including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee. Additionally, DOW offers SoundShield in Missouri, Kansas and Texas for a total of 13 states.

John Schwartz, CEO of SoundShield said “Having the broad distribution channel through DOW locations across the Southeast and Midwest, including Texas, means our customers have access to SoundShield in multiple warehouses. SoundShield availability in all of those states represented is just a one or two day shipment time in most cases.” DOW intends to leverage their reach to provide more permeation of SoundShield in their dealers’ shops which brings increased profit & labor dollars on installations.

“Some dealers love the sound deadening category and some ignore it” explains Drew Fischer, director of sales at DOW Electronics. “We think SoundShield has the right products and is the right vendor partner to elevate the category into something our dealers will routinely quote and sell into their installs instead of being an afterthought category” continued Fischer. DOW plans to be proactive with dealer activities that engage and energize for SoundShield and important installation-related topics. Dealer contests and product highlights on DOW’s What the FAQ is in the Box YouTube Channel are among the activities pending.

“When DOW dealers see installations done by their peers or industry pros using SoundShield, it conveys a sense of trust and confidence regarding the engineering and performance of the products” added Jay Johnson, director of marketing for DOW Electronics. SoundShield works to have great visibility on social media channels popular with 12 volt technicians to further that confidence. “I wouldn’t ask any retailer, professional builder or enthusiast to install any product I don’t use in my own shop” remarked Schwartz.

SoundShield Co-Founder Bryan Schmitt agrees and said “We work hard to develop and produce high quality products in the sound deadening and noise control category. Partnering with DOW Electronics further elevates the category among its dealers and makes it part of the conversation to enhance audio and ride comfort in the automotive environment.”

Visit www.soundshieldusa.com and dowelectronics.com/12volt for more.

The Weather Is Creating the News Across the US

SHREVEPORT, LA (02.18.2021) – For the last couple of weeks the bitterly cold 2021 winter weather has topped the news cycles. Punxsutawney predicted 6 more weeks of winter when he saw his shadow a couple of weeks ago. He just didn’t tell us how cold it was going to be in the coming weeks.

On Tuesday morning outside the 12volt Central Studios in Shreveport, LA is was 4 degrees with 6 inches on snow. The weather forecast was for several days of below freezing temperature with more winter precipitation on the way. They were correct.

This driver on the interstate it in for a big surprise as the snow plow comes along!

The super cold temperatures have overwhelmed power grids and resulted in rolling blackouts in several states. Currently there are over 4 million people across Texas with no power. In Shreveport there are actually issues with the local water system in addition to frozen pipes.

The weather has certainly impacted retail. Yesterday we featured an article from the Dallas Morning News with Walmart and Sam’s shuttering 415 stores in a total of 9 states.

The Jackie Cooper Electronics store in OKC closed until the conditions improve.

Jackie Cooper Electronics in Oklahoma City is closed with over a foot of snow surrounding the facility. “No Car audio, remote starts or even heated seats at JCE in OKC” Donnie Chaffin related to the 12volt News on Wednesday, February 17th.

Celise Harris offered “It is very cold in the Austin area. Wayne actually put some bubble wrap and poly on the ground around the base of a couple palm trees in our front yard.”

Celise and Wayne Harris working to keep their palm trees out front safe.

In Houston, Alan Wojtas commented “I have had no power for 3 days. I went to a friends house and then his power went out. I went back to my place to pack a bag to spend a couple days in a hotel. While packing the bag my power came back on. I told my friend I had power and he brought his family to my house. Then my power went out again. Enough of this BS.”

Tom Ebeling, Tree in Chicago, related “Dealers have been closed in the area for the first couple days of this week. Distributors opened on Wednesday the 17th.”

A shot out front of Brett Phelps’ R&D home office in St Louis, MO.

Brett Phelps with R&D in St Louis reported the same thing with lots of snow in the area and the roads to dangerous to travel. In fact the Lake of the Ozarks is frozen over for the first time in decades.

Even traffic on the interstates get surprises when they think they are having a smooth drive. A snow plow gave this driver a real surprise in this @trucksarelikedrugs post.

Morris Hartman got to use his new roof rake in the Big Apple.

Pioneer’s Jeff Shultz and Morris Hartman-Big Daddy’s are both seeing a lot of snow around the Big Apple. Both have ‘roof rakes’. The rake is on a telescoping handle so snow can be pulled from the roof.

Looking out the front door at the 12Volt Central Studios on Tuesday morning.

The weather has been extremely cold in Erie, PA which led to a feature on a local TV station highlighting Remote starts at Real Audio. See the top news story today on 12voltnews.com.

Jack Bogard has the new Sanford Sound store cleared from the last snow… but another is on the way.

Surely news about the weather will get off the front page soon and let all get back to business.

Walmart Closes 415 stores, Amazon Shuts Down Delivery Stations as Businesses Confront Tough Weather

This article was written by by Maria Halkias and Dom DiFurio for DallasNews.com

DALLAS, TX (02.17.2021) – Walmart closed 415 stores and Sam’s Clubs and put together an interactive map to help Texas shoppers determine if their neighborhood location was open or not.

And if you didn’t see Amazon delivery trucks in your neighborhood Monday, the online retailing giant closed its delivery stations in Dallas-Fort Worth to protect its drivers from navigating treacherous roadways.

Businesses faced with unprecedented nasty weather across Texas, and elsewhere around the southern U.S., had to decide Monday if worker safety outweighed expectations that they’d be open for customers needing food and other essentials.

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“We assess the status of our facilities and will continue to operate as long as it is safe to do so,” Walmart said in a statement. Its closings spanned 10 states, including Texas.

Walmart recommended customers check an interactive map it’s continuing to update before venturing out. Some closed stores continued to operate curbside pickup and delivery.

The prospects of a second snowstorm makes decisions trickier during what’s shaping up to be a week of sub-freezing temperatures.

“The safety and well-being of our employees, customers and the drivers who deliver packages are our No. 1 priority,” said Amazon spokesman Daniel Martin.

A snow-covered Downtown Dallas seen from S. Houston St. on Monday, Feb. 15, 2021. (Juan Figueroa/ The Dallas Morning News)(Juan Figueroa / Staff photographer)

Amazon will continue monitoring the storm’s effects in Texas, and directed customers to check order status on its app or amazon.com. Martin said Amazon will continue to take orders, but the delivery promise date may be delayed depending on the item and location.

Grocery stores, one of the main stops for people riding out the storm, were open Monday but planned to close early.

Kroger, which usually keeps stores open until 1 a.m., was closing its doors at 8 p.m. Central Market’s Dallas-Fort Worth stores were shutting down at 6 p.m. Kroger will reopen stores at 8 a.m. Tuesday, two hours later than usual.

Click here to view the full story from The Dallas Morning News

Alpine on the Road to Extreme Audio in Wisconsin

MANITOWOC, WI (02.16.2021) – Alpine Brand Specialist Chris Reavis, and Mike Lewis with Echo Sales, made a swing to Wisconsin. Working with the 3 store Extreme Audio company, to conduct product trainings and help with store displays, was lead on the schedule. The Extreme Audio stores in Manitowoc, Green Bay and Appleton, were visited 3 days during the week of February 8th.

Alpine Brand Specialist Chris Reavis (R) pictured with Chad Nissen in front of Alpine products on the display. Nissen is a new member of the Extreme Audio sales team at the Manitowoc, WI store.

Reavis stated “Extreme Audio has a few new team members on the sales floor. We spent time bringing all up to speed with the latest Alpine products. For new sales members we also helped them get familiar with a sales presentation for consumers looking to upgrade audio in their rides. While at each location made sure the Alpine products on the display boards were 100%.

Chris Reavis at work on the Extreme Audio Alpine display at the Green Bay, WI store.

Extreme Audio’s Kurt Scherer related “Alpine is a key brand with our company and it was super to have Chris and Mike travel to our stores and spend quality time with our team members.”

Echo Sales covers 7 states in the upper MidWest for Alpine. Mike Lewis, area representative for a portion of the northern Echo Sales territory, offered “With no in-person trade shows it is very important to spend in-store time with Alpine dealers. During the time with sales staff members we really got a feel for what customers were asking for with regard to upgrading their rides. Smartphone connectivity and display size was a topic that continued to come up. Alpine is certainly at the very top of aftermarket upgrades in those areas.”

Visit extremeaudio.com and alpine-usa.com for more.

JD Glassworks Connects with the Custom PitBox

LUBBOCK, TX (02.15.2021) – Creativity is a hallmark across the 12volt industry. JD Glassworks, a proactive 12volt retailer located in Lubbock TX, takes the standard shop toolbox to the next level. The JD Glassworks PitBox is a totally customized shop toolbox that connects with consumers by showcasing the company’s creativity.

The Mesquite Oil Tools Inc PitBox in the JD Glassworks shop.

The PitBox caught the12volt News eye at the recent KICKER AMA ArenaCross in Levelland TX. JD Glassworks, a longtime KICKER dealer, was an exhibiting retailer at the event with a customized pickup demo and a red PitBox project for Mesquite Oil Tools Inc. The red Mesquite Oil Tools Inc. PitBox drew attention at the event from afar with the red color, flashing RGB lights and crankin’ KICKER Livin’Loud sound.

Jimmy Davis, JD Glassworks owner, related “We came up with the idea of a customized shop toolbox for exhibiting at local shows for our store. We customized a standard toolbox from Harbor Freight as a mobile office area for us at a show. The word got out to some local companies and we have done several of the custom PitBoxes. The Mesquite Oil Tools Inc. PitBox is the wildest to date.”

KICKER Marine Speakers, along with battery and power supply, shown inside the PitBox.

The Mesquite Oil Tools Inc. PitBox is wrapped in custom red vinyl. The 8 KICKER marine speakers are framed and arranged around the PitBox. Inside the PitBox is a KICKER L715. Three KICKER Amps deliver the power. A KICKER Bluetooth Media center provides plenty of music source options. A Viking battery is aboard along with a power supply. The Mesquite Oil Tools Inc PitBox is on heavy duty casters for mobility at events. At 400 pounds plus the PitBox is a load put easily fits into a pickup truck bed.

The KICKER Bluetooth multimedia source unit provides many content sources.

“Off and on around the shop we probably spent a couple weeks on the Mesquite Oil Tool Inc project. The company is a regional oil field provider and utilizes their PitBox in the company”s HQ gym, at company events and tailgating at games. We have created PitBoxes for other companies and some are also around swimming pools and on patios. Depending on the gear we install, and level of customization, the PitBoxes are in the $3000 to $5000 range. The Mesquite Oil Tool Inc project was more.”

Concluding, Davis offered “We also have space in our showroom to display a PitBox and use the store’s PitBox at events where is works great as a mobile office. PitBoxes always start a conversation with consumers. We had several customers come into the store after the KICKER AMA ArenaCross who wanted more info on a PitBox and gear for their vehicles, boats and Side-by-Sides.”

See @jd_glassworks on Instagram to see a short video and images of the Mesquite Oil Tool Inc PitBox.

Visit kicker.com for more.