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Movers & Shakers: Go Rhino!'s Excess Warehouse Space for Lease; Chris Cook Joins MERA; Meggan Thompson Wins WyoTech Dream Award

Go Rhino! Products & Big Country Truck Accessories has approximately 25,000 sq. ft. in its 70,000-sq.-ft. Los Angeles facility available for manufacturing, warehouse or distribution uses, with approximately 3,000 sq. ft. of office space. This facility is located in Montebello, California (Los Angeles County) and the possibility of sharing distribution and shipping/logistics with Go Rhino! Products and Big Country Truck Accessories is available. Lease or rent for $.30 sq. ft. For more details, call Ron Storer at 714/257-7389.

Chris Cook has joined the team at the Mobile Enhancement Retailers Association (MERA) as director of industry relations. He will concentrate on fortifying the association and industry by fostering relationships with manufacturers, retailers and other associations. MERA also announced that its past executive director, Barry Vogel, will serve as its new director of member relations, leveraging his experience as an independent retailer to address the issues facing the retail membership.

Meggan Thompson, a graduate of WyoTech - Blairsville, was selected as the winner of the school’s 2009 Dream Award. The award recognizes a graduate who has completed a post-secondary education while overcoming extraordinary challenges. Thompson overcame a life-threatening infection and subsequent surgery to complete WyoTech’s motorsports chassis fabrication program. As a Dream Award winner, Thompson will receive a $2,500 WyoTech scholarship to further pursue her education.

  1934 Duesenberg Model J
  The two-day auction hosted by Gooding & Co. will include a one-of-a-kind Duesenberg Model J with a Disappearing Top.

The auction house Gooding & Company will host a two-day auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Friday and Saturday, January 22 and 23. The auction will feature outstanding European consignments, such as the rare '32 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport and the '56 Maserati A6G/54 Berlinetta. New cars recently added to the auction include a one-of-a-kind '34 Duesenberg Model J with a Disappearing Top, a 1927 6.5L Bentley Sports Coupe and the Briggs Cunningham and Stirling Moss-driven '59 Costin Lister Jaguar Sports Racer.

Follow off-road star Robby Gordon’s Team Dakar USA H3 as he tackles some of the world’s highest mountains and sand dunes during the 2010 Dakar Rally, January 2–16, through www.toyotires.com/blog. Toyo’s Ramses Perez is riding with Gordon and will shoot video and blog throughout the 5,592-mile journey. Visit the site now for an insider’s look at the preparation and planning as Team Dakar USA readies for Argentina.

Design Engineering Inc. appointed ProRep Marketing as its sales agency of record to represent Design Engineering in the New England states, effective January 1, 2010. ProRep has represented Design Engineering in eastern Canada and upstate New York for a number of years.

Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 ranked RNR Custom Wheels & Tires No. 1 in the Miscellaneous Auto Products Category. The ranking appears in the magazine’s January 2010 issue. RNR is one of the largest rent-to-own tire and wheel stores nationwide.