Thursday, June 14, 2012

In the News...

The following was posted in the Bedford Bulletin newspaper on May 23, 2012. It's a great article about the company that offers a product you know as Auto Marketing Systems! Read on...

by John Barnhart
     Agility is Longwood Industries’ key to survival, according to Renee Fisher, Longwood’s executive director. Fisher has served in that post since 1976.
     Fisher said that Longwood was incorporated in 1972, one of 40 sheltered workshops that were set up after Virginia deinstitutionalized people in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s.
     “It started in the basement of Bob Johnson’s building on Jackson Street,” Fisher said.
     Longwood originally acted as a subcontractor but it was clear, by the time Fisher took the director’s job in 1976, that the effort needed a new direction.
     “It was bankrupt when I came,” she said.
     Fisher decided to manufacture products and the first sale consisted of dish cloths.
     The organization built its current building on Longwood Avenue Extension in 1982 with a federal Community Development Block Grant. It was a three-year, $1.5 million grant and $500,000 was used to build the building. The city used the rest for sewers and sidewalks in that neighborhood. Fisher said that Bedford had tried to get this block grant previously but was finally successful because the sheltered workshop’s involvement boosted the project’s point value.
     “That [the construction of the new building] allowed us to secure larger contracts,” said Fisher. 
     Longwood got contracts through NISH, a clearing house for large government contracts.
     “We were able to bid and secure the coin bag contract with the Department of the Treasury,” Fisher said.
     This contract was worth $2 million per year and allowed Longwood to employ 125 people on two shifts.
     It also expanded the building, using a Small Business Administration loan for one expansion and paying cash for another.
     Longwood also did subcontracting work for Rubatex. The workers made gaskets for Chrysler and for the Alaskan Pipeline.
     Then, the situations changed. Rubatex closed.
     Then the Department of the Treasury quit using coin bags. Fisher was planning to bid on the boxes that the Treasury was switching to, but then found that the company that developed the box had a patent on it. Longwood lost the bid. Furthermore NISH no longer served as a, good source of contracts. It had changed so that blind workshops were now first in line, ahead of sheltered workshops like Longwood, for contracts through NISH. Longwood needed to look elsewhere.
     Since then, Longwood has done a variety of work. Once the organization had a contract to package pig ears. It also got a contract with Bedford County to make the new road signs required by the new 911 system, which required street names for all roads in the county. The county provided the machines and material. Longwood workers also did the city’s way-finding signs.
     Last year, the county put its road sign business out to bid, and the bidder would have to supply the material. This would be fine for a company that has a lot of sign-making contracts, but the costs were too much for Longwood. The organization sold the sign shop at the end of last year.
     Meanwhile, Longwood bought an embroidering company and still operates an embroidery business. It also got a contract with CINTAS. CINTAS was throwing thousands of bent metal clothes hangers away each month because they would hang up in the company’s automated equipment. Longwood can economically straighten most of these for reuse. This saves CINTAS money and keeps them out of the landfill.
     “Prior to this, CINTAS was putting 11,000 hangers in the landfill a month,” Fisher said.
     Longwood also found a niche with the ham and peanut industry. Bags similar to the bags they used to make for the Treasury are used by companies that market peanuts, as well as Virginia-style hams.
     “We did not have to buy a single piece of equipment,” said Fisher. “Last June, we secured the Smithfield account. Smithfield is the largest manufacturer of ham products in the world.”
     Some of Longwood’s ham bags are exported. It has one customer in Portugal and the bags are printed in Portuguese.
     Along with ham and peanut bags, Longwood also filled a contract with Southern States for 15,000 seed bags.
     Longwood Industries is a 501 (c) non-profit organization, but does not do fundraising or rely on charitable contributions.
     “We would rather have the opportunity to bid on a project and have it awarded fairly,” Fisher said. “We don’t ask for handouts, we earn it.”
     Longwood provides work for people with disabilities. Some of the more severely disabled have come out of institutions. Some people who work there, however, are not disabled. Fisher said that this helps disabled people who come there to be better prepared to function in the workplace by working in an actual business. Earning a paycheck also improves their self-esteem.
     They have a rehabilitation department and one of this department’s jobs is to find out what each individual is good at and match them with a job. Fisher said there is a wide array of jobs. Longwood also has a transportation system to get workers to and from work.
     Longwood currently has 77 workers.
     “These people don’t miss work,” said Fisher, “They are good, excellent employees.”

Thursday, August 4, 2011

SOLD BY AMS: Another Ring for Saturn!

While testimonials don't always reveal what are considered typical results of a product or service, we are often thrilled by the effectiveness of our service. And we greatly appreciate it when customers take a minute to contact us to thank us for our help.

Today, I'm excited to share a testimonial we received by telephone from Mike in Littleton, CO...

"Received phone call within 2 hours of listing. Sold vehicle today for $2,000. Please cxl (my note: that's short for "cancel") listing - great job!("

Mike listed his 1996 SATURN SW1 (station wagon) with us on Friday, July 29th and sold it TWO (2) DAYS LATER to one of our buyers that contacted him within 2 hours of getting listed with us! Another VERY satisfied customer! Congratulations, Mike! And THANKS for testifying!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

SOLD BY AMS: Astro-nomical!

While testimonials don't always reveal what are considered typical results of a product or service, we are often thrilled by the effectiveness of our service. And we greatly appreciate it when customers take a minute to contact us to thank us for our help.

Today, I'm excited to share a testimonial we received by telephone from Kay in Conway, AR. Here's my favorite part...

"Well, that's wonderful! I wish I had something else to sell!"

Kay listed her 2001 Chevy Astro Van with us on February 10th and was initially contacted by her buyer 5 days later. She called this morning to return one of our follow-up calls and let us know the deal had been done! Another VERY satisfied customer! Congratulations, Kay! And THANKS for testifying!

Friday, February 18, 2011

SOLD BY AMS: Valentine's Day Match-Making!

While testimonials don't always reveal what are considered typical results of a product or service, we are often thrilled by the effectiveness of our service. And we greatly appreciate it when customers take a minute to contact us to thank us for our help.

Today, I'm excited to share a testimonial we received by telephone from Edward in Acworth, GA...

"Thank you for selling it so quickly; I will definitely use your service again in the future!"

Edward listed his 2002 GMC 6500 with us on Valentine's Day and sold the truck THREE (3) DAYS LATER to one of our buyers. As you might expect, he was extremely satisfied with the service he was provided. Another VERY satisfied customer! Congratulations, Edward! And THANKS for testifying!

Monday, January 31, 2011

125th Anniversary of the Automobile: Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler put the world on wheels - AutoWeek Magazine

125th Anniversary of the Automobile: Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler put the world on wheels - AutoWeek Magazine

The world marks the 125th anniversary of the invention of the automobile on Jan. 29. Karl Benz filed a patent for a three-wheeled vehicle driven by a gasoline engine in Mannheim, Germany, on that day in 1886, the same year Gottlieb Daimler completed his motorized carriage in Cannstatt, Germany. The world's first two automobiles came into being barely 93 miles from each other, built by men who had not previously met but whose names became synonymous with the development of the automobile: Daimler-Benz.

Daimler and his collaborator Wilhelm Maybach invented the world's first high-speed gasoline engine in 1883, while Benz was the first to combine an internal-combustion engine with an integrated chassis.

The Benz Patent motor car was a three-wheeled device with two tall wheels flanking the rear-mounted single-cylinder engine that drove the wheels by a leather belt and chain drive. A steering tiller directed the single front wheel.

Gottlieb Daimler's motorized carriage was the world's first four-wheeled automobile. It was a conventional carriage into which Daimler and Maybach installed their small high-speed engine. Daimler and Maybach continued their development of the automobile with the motorized quadricycle that was displayed at the 1889 World Exhibition in Paris.

The 1893 Benz Victoria was Karl Benz's first four-wheeled automobile and the first to use a horizontally opposed piston engine. The 1896 Daimler Vis-à-Vis was the first automobile produced in any quantity, with about 150 examples. This car featured Maybach's invention of the spray-nozzle carburetor and placed the driver and passengers in seats facing each another.

Daimler also innovated motorized trucks, creating a drive system combining an industrial leather belt and flywheel connected to gears driving both rear wheels directly.

Daimler and Maybach built the first four-cylinder gasoline engines as early as 1890, a 12-hp engine of 371 cubic inches displacement and a smaller 6-hp engine of 147 cubic inches. Both were used first in powerboats and were not installed in road-going vehicles before 1898. The Daimler Phoenix was the first road vehicle with a four-cylinder engine. Daimler and Maybach also built their first two-cylinder engine with the cylinders arranged in a V.

The 1900 Daimler Phoenix Rennwagen was a 23-hp race car that suffered from a high center of gravity, a 600-pound engine and a short wheelbase that was difficult to control. Following a serious accident at the La Turbie race in Nice, France, Maybach set about building a new racing car, which became the first Mercedes in 1901.

Author: Leigh Dorrington

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Article Spotlight: Finding New Car Sales

There are many flaws in the public transportation system. If you are not into commuting using public transport, the best option will be is to buy a new car. This is the point where you will have to ask yourself, whether you should buy a new car or simply settle for a pre-owned one. This is an age old debate that many potential buyers face when deciding if they should look to purchase a new car. After all new car sales are more expensive than pre-owned ones. However, before you begin to go back and forth with this argument, take a look at the most important factor which is price.

When finding new car sales, there are new deals that come up almost every day. Automotive companies are constantly promising new deals with new cars which are safer to drive. If you are looking to buy a new car there are an endless number of options out there. However, in order to benefit from new car sales and make the best choice there are several factors to be taken into consideration.

When finding new car sales one of the top things you should do is to research the car sales market. Spend some time browsing through new car models and look at car magazines that advertise various car models along with prices each week. Automotive magazines always point to finding new car sales and best car deals. Look at all the safety features and ensure that the money you will be spending on a new car is well worth it. One of the best places to look for new car sales is on the internet. The internet promotes several automotive websites which offer new car deals, sometimes even slashing down the price.

You can also look at the features of the car you would like to own. This is one way you can decide on the model that you would like to be driving around. Several cars may have similar features you are looking for. The next step to buying a new car is to see which car would suit your budget the most. You have now come to the point where you have sufficient knowledge on new cars in the market and what you are really interested in. The final step is to visit one of these new car sales and have a chance to actually see the cars in person.

When finding new car sales the best option would be is to visit the store and have a salesman knowledgeable in cars assist you. Remember that prices quoted at car dealerships are always negotiable. After all there is a profit margin that car sales retain upon selling a car. There is a distinction between the actual price of the car and the price they quote you. You can negotiate on that difference which ranges between ten and twenty percent. Generally, car deals that you will find difficult to negotiate on are the ones that attract a lot of interest by many potential buyers. The more people are interested in a car model, the less the discount will be. Jus keep in mind that buying a new car entails additional cost such as taxes and registration. So take your own time in determining the best new car deal.

There are always new cars for sale coming on to the market. A good way to look out for new car sales is to visit different online car sales websites.

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Author: Sunny

Friday, September 3, 2010

Moore Advice: Think Like a Salesperson!

When it's time to sell your vehicle, you need to prepare yourself mentally to get the job done. Today's "Think Like a Salesperson!" quote comes from Irish poet, novelist and critic, Oscar Wilde, who said...

"The salesman knows nothing of what he is selling, save that he is charging a great deal too much for it."

Now don't let me confuse you... I ask you to think like a salesperson when it comes to selling your vehicle, but you need to decide what to do with those thoughts. Are you charging too much for your vehicle? Do you think you established a fair value? Do you really know what it is you are trying to sell? Did you research your vehicle's value? Are you priced competitively?

Know what you've got. Know what it's worth.

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