Faces in the Industry Chris Rossi
ACT Audio Celebrates 10 Years In Business With Upgraded Facility
Sometimes location really is everything. For Vermont-based ACT Audio, the old location was too easy to miss. Paired with the need for more space and celebrating its tenth year in business, it was time to upgrade to a new facility. When ACT Audio took over Pirate Radio in 2008 and James Smith joined the shop as co-owner in 2011, business began to boom. The shop outgrew its available space and moved into a new facility that is roughly three times the size, noted Smith. Four cars can now fit into the bay, rather than just one. The new location has also helped with raising shop awareness. “We’re on the same street, about a mile down—not even. We’re in an area where we can be seen much more visibly and traffic is a little slower, so people can look around a little more.” The closest businesses include a towing company and a body shop, which naturally channel customers toward ACT Audio.
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Sunshades Tint & Sound Adds Fabrication Faculty and Facility To keep things moving smoothly in the business sometimes requires more than just a team that works well together— sometimes it requires facility expansion and the addition of functionality, along with continuing to add talent to the team. For Texas-based Sunshades Tint & Sound, this meant the addition of a fabrication studio, the recruitment of a new fabricator and refocusing what the shop offered. With 5,000 square feet of space, 1,500 of which is devoted to a showroom, streamlining operations remained imperative. The addition of the fabrication studio helped with the flow of the shop, noted Robert Gonzales, the self-proclaimed “Man Next to the Man.” “We had all these tools already, but we didn’t have them in a way where we could use them efficiently.” Sunshades Tint & Sound also recruited Michael Sanchez as a new fabricator, Gonzales noted. All of this together has been part of a shop-wide move to refocus on diversifying what is offered, or risk being left behind in the business world.
Tunes-N-Tint Lakeland, Florida Years of industry experience: 2 Hobbies: Gym, working on cars, basketball, video Games What You’re Best At: Well-rounded in all areas of installation. Specialize in suspension lifts and fabrication.
Greg Boyla Specialty Marketing Mechanicsville, Virginia Years of industry experience: 25 Hobbies: Poker, Bowling, Golf What You’re Best At: Helping others find the right solution for the right products.
Tomas Keenan Top Class Installations Hicksville, New York Years of industry experience: 21 Hobbies: Anything that gets me outdoors What You’re Best At: providing professional installation services
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