Rhoades Car 4-Wheel Bikes Featured on Emmy-Award Winning Tennessee Crossroads TV Series
HENDERSONVILLE, TN — February 7, 2012 — Rhoades Car International, the nation’s leading 4-wheel bicycle manufacturer, was featured on NPT Tennessee Crossroads on January 26 and 29, the most watched and highest rated locally-produced program in the PBS system, according to Nielsen ratings. The segment is available online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXN7Rv1Ly-c
The main focus of the seven-minute segment was that Rhoades Car is a true “Made in the USA” product with over 80% of its parts manufactured and assembled in the USA, which translates into jobs for Americans.
“We’re really proud of the fact that we use local suppliers that share the same high quality craftsmanship philosophy to produce custom components for all of our 4-wheel “quad” bikes”, noted Bill Pomakoy, president of Rhoades Car, who bought the company in 2010 after the death of its inventor. “David Rhoades was literally a genius when it came to putting things together. He launched Rhoades Car out of his barn in 1991, so it had a very organic start.”
Master Builder Chris Spann, a 12 year veteran at Rhoades Car, is happy to see the company celebrate its 21st year in business in 2012. “I knew we had a great product. People love the bikes when they see them. It was very sad when David Rhoades died. It looked hopeless. Then Bill [Pomakoy] came along and saved us.”
“I think David would be thrilled with the strides that we’ve made since his death while keeping true to what he originally designed,” added Beth Baker, Director of Customer Relations.
Rhoades Car International, headquartered in Hendersonville, Tennessee, offers a unique line of 10 residential and 8 industrial four-wheel bicycles that have been sold all over the world. Recent destinations include Germany, The Netherlands and Antigua.
Ken Wilshire, who produced the show, explained that not only is the Rhoades Car an economical eco-friendly form of transportation, but burning 500 calories an hour is good too. “Riders simply need the motivation to be leaner and greener but you might find the Rhoades Car motivation is more fun than reaching your journey’s end,” he adds. “It’s such a stable ride,” Pomakoy said. “Unlike a two-wheel bike, you don’t have to balance yourself. Anybody can ride a Rhoades Car.”
Phyllis Shelton, Vice President, sees another use. “Two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese and Tennessee is the 4th most weight-challenged state in the nation. People need to exercise, but who has time, right? The Rhoades Car provides a way to do it both ways. We’re getting exercise, but we’re having fun. We’re spending time with people we care about. We’re having a real conversation. I think it’s so cool because families are fragmented and it seems to be a good way to get families together again.” She thinks the one and two-seaters are great for corporate wellness programs as they struggle to fight health care costs related to obesity.
Tennessee Crossroads has won two regional Emmy’s and been nominated for many others. It is in its 25th year and boasts over 300 episodes at www.tennesseecrossroads.org.
“What a great experience we had working with the team at Tennessee Crossroads,” Pomakoy said. “They really care about featuring Tennessee companies and individuals who offer unique products.”