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Rhoades Car Customer Not Worried About Soaring Gas Prices!


By Beth Baker

Director of Customer Relations, Rhoades Car International

David King of central Wyoming isn’t worried about $5 a gallon gas — because he’s been riding a Rhoades Car for the past 13 years!  A few days ago, we received this unsolicited email from David:

I just thought you might like to know that my single-seat Rhoades Car, which is 13 years old, is still rolling along the highways and byways of central Wyoming. And I, at the age of 72, am still happily pushing its pedals. Thank you for a helluva lotta enjoyment and good health over the years!”

We’re thrilled that David has had 13 years of Rhoades Car enjoyment and wish him many more.  Did you notice that he mentioned “enjoyment and health” in his email?  Not only is he saving money on gas by riding a Rhoades, but he is staying in shape and having a great time!

Funny thing about rising gas prices – as gas prices soar so do sales of Rhoades Cars.  So far in 2012, sales are up over 100%.  Why?  Because riding a Rhoades can be a solution for many people as an alternative means of transportation in order to save money on gas AND get much needed exercise. Add in our 1 hp electric-assist motor option and it becomes a hybrid (pedal power and electric motor combo). That is one of the major reasons we were named Tennessee Green Business Innovator of the Year in 2011.

According to a recent study from the Oil Price Information Service, fuel prices are up 13.6% from a year ago and 76% higher than in December 2008. A FoxNews.com article earlier this week stated, “Americans spent 8.4 percent of their household income on gasoline last year when gas averaged $3.51 a gallon — that’s double the percentage a decade ago.”  No way around it – we’re headed for a big spike in gas prices again in 2012.  It’s time to look for alternatives!

Although the majority of our sales are here in the USA, we have individuals, couples and families all over the world ordering our 4-wheel bikes and many of them are adding our electric-assist motor option.  With gasoline prices climbing dramatically, gas savings is important but family health and overall fitness weigh heavily in the decision too.  So riding a Rhoades is a true win-win-win!  You get gas savings, exercise AND family fun.  After all, we need more Leave it to Beaver and less Virtual Reality in our society.  This is a great way for families to recapture that special time together.

A few weeks ago, Rhoades Car was featured on the Emmy award-winning and #1 locally produced PBS show in the country – Tennessee Crossroads.  They did a great job of showing how we are a Certified Made-in-The-USA product so when you purchase a Rhoades Car, you are supporting American workers. Here’s a link to the 6 ½ minute segment –http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXN7Rv1Ly-c&feature=plcp&context=C33f14bfUDOEgsToPDskJxOGrtb3kGPRkGT3KHdg-M

So whether you are young or old, married or single, short or tall, overweight or skin and bones, have a small family or a large family, there’s a 1, 2 or 4 seat Rhoades Car 4-wheel bike just for you.  Just ask David King who is in his 13th year of riding his 1-person Rhoades Car!

For more information about Rhoades Car International, visit www.RhoadesCar.com, call 800-531-2737 or send an email to news@rhoadescar.com.


 

Sustainable Business Summit


Tuesday, March 28 & Wednesday, March 29, 2012
Lipscomb University, One University Park Drive, Nashville, TN

Rhoades Car is proud to return to the Sustainable Business Summit again in 2012. Last year, we had the honor of winning the “Tennessee Green Business Innovator of the Year” award at this event.

There will be many Rhoades Car models on display, so come on down to the Lipscomb University campus on March 27 & 28 to check them out!

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Rhoades Car Featured in Nashville Ledger Article


You can’t buy great publicity – you have to earn it!  The article below featuring Rhoades Car appeared in today’s Nashville Ledger.  Our thanks to the Nashville Ledger and writer Hollie Deese for a great article!

Peddling an alternative to cars, two-wheelers

Nashville Ledger

Friday, August 12, 2011, Vol. 35, No. 32

By Hollie Deese

http://www.nashvilleledger.com/editorial/Article.aspx?id=54401

Riding a bike to work is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and get in a good workout. But certain limitations can prevent some people from enjoying that option – unless they have a Rhoades Car.

The four-wheeled vehicle is actually a bicycle, or quadricycle, and can accommodate a wider range of people than the standard two-wheel version.

“We have the four-wheel stability so anybody, whether they be overweight or have balance issues or are just scared of a two-wheel bike, can exercise,” says Bill Pomakoy, president of Hendersonville-based Rhoades Car International. People with vision problems can sit and pedal independently with a passenger and Rhoades can even customize seats to accommodate people with special needs or paralysis.

Pomakoy, who has a background in marketing, took over the business in February 2010 after inventor and original owner David Rhoades passed away suddenly in December 2009 without a succession plan. His next-door neighbor, Pomakoy had always been intrigued by what Rhoades was doing.

“He was just a genius as far as coming up with the concept and laying it all out and having a working model,” he says. “He started the business back in ‘91 out of a small barn in his backyard and then moved it out to an industrial facility ten years later.”

When paying respects to Rhoade’s family after his death, he asked whether the business, which had been on the market for a few months, had sold or not. It hadn’t.

“They didn’t really have a plan, and I have a bunch of friends who are entrepreneurs and thought one of them might be interested,” Pomakoy says. “And as I looked at their business I realized that I was interested myself. So I made the family an offer and they accepted. They were thrilled because the company was going to continue.”

There are four models of bikes and all come in one-, two-, or four-person models and can be customized with all kinds of features. When Pomakoy took over, he mainly worked on appealing to a broader range of clientele.

“He had the designs down pat and he had a really good presence on the Internet and had a good marketing plan, but what I have done is institute more cosmetic changes,” he says. “We knew we had models who appealed to the senior population, but at the same time — with rising gas prices — we knew that there was a need for alternate transportation for people age 30 and up.”

So they came up with Sport Ped model, which uses the same frame as the classic, but has an aerodynamically designed windshield with UV protection. Ranging from seven- to 42-speed options, Rhoades Cars have been sold all over the world. And increasing gas prices have only helped sales here at home.

“From a personal standpoint, I don’t want gas prices to go up, but as they do our sales have gone up because people are looking for alternate means of transportation,” he says. In fact, last year only 10 percent of his orders had an electric motor added. This year, it was 20 percent. And because the electric motor is programmed to stay around 14 miles an hour, they still fall under bike road rules.

“In Hendersonville, a lot of people have golf carts and have to license them with the DMV and insure them to be able to drive around,” he says. “One of these vehicles does not need to be registered because it does follow the bicycle law. If we gear it to go over 20 mph, then it would be a motor vehicle.”

Also important to Pomakoy is the fact his product is certified made in the USA. Not only is it manufactured here, but most elements that go into the bike are made in Middle Tennessee.

“We are using local suppliers to make our components,” he says. “Our steel is United States Steel fabricated in Goodlettsville, powder coated in Madison by another company. Our canopies and canvas fenders are made by Bennett’s Upholstery right here in Hendersonville. We can see other families benefitting from Rhoades Cars.”

Next up, Pomakoy hopes to get involved with Nashville’s bike share program, which recently received a 100-bike donation from Regions Bank.

“We are asking them to embrace a local company that has a four-wheel bicycle that everyone can ride,” he says. “There is a lot of discussion about fighting obesity but realistically a large person is not comfortable on a two-wheel bike. We have bicycles available for obese people to ride.”

 

 

Rhoades Car International Wins Tennessee Green Business Innovator of the Year Award


For Immediate Release
May 2, 2011

Rhoades Car International Wins Tennessee Green Business Innovator of the Year Award

HENDERSONVILLE, TN — May 2, 2011 — Rhoades Car International, the nation’s leading 4-wheel bicycle manufacturer, received the coveted Tennessee Green Business Innovator of the Year Award at the Green Business Leadership Award ceremony on April 22, 2011 at the Nashville Convention Center.

Rhoades Car was recognized along with nine other individuals or organizations in various categories, including Nissan, for its Leaf electric car.  The awards were sponsored by Lipscomb University’s Institute for Sustainable Practice and the award winners were selected by a committee of business and non-profit representatives from within a statewide sustainable business roundtable.

“This award means so much because we have been on a mission to bring a safe and sustainable means of 4-wheel transportation to all industries,” noted Bill Pomakoy, President of Rhoades Car International.  “Rhoades Car 4-wheel Industrial Bikes are the perfect solution for industrial facilities looking to reduce emissions as well as lower factory vehicle acquisition and maintenance costs and the award acknowledges that.  I’m so proud of the entire Rhoades Car team who worked so hard to achieve this milestone,” he added.

Sustainability encompasses more than renewable products and energy.  Rhoades Car International has a multi-faceted approach to product development which includes innovative design, sustainable techniques, and a broad range of thoughtful uses for companies and individuals desiring to create a more sustainable environment.

The Rhoades Car Industrial line of 4-wheel bicycles supports sustainability beyond the traditional replacement of equipment within an industry.  According to Rhoades Car’s sustainability coordinator, Julie Alexander, the industrial line, when placed within a daily working routine for employees, induces a sustainable workforce.  “When a company shows they care about their employees’ health and wellness, employees have a more intrinsic reason for remaining in their current positions.  Exercise can boost employee morale, reduce stress, absenteeism, employee turnover, and overall costs of operations because companies who care create a sustainable workforce.”

In conjunction with creating a sustainable workforce, businesses can work with some insurance companies to reduce their insurance premiums by offering opportunities during the work day to exercise.  Rhoades Car bicycles provide employers and employees with the ability to exercise throughout the work day and the ability to increase profit margins. “Rhoades Car strives to convey an overall approach to wellness in the workplace as an opportunity to have fun while reaping the benefits of increased morale when utilizing these innovative 4-wheel bicycles during work hours,” continues Alexander.  “Being named the Tennessee Green Business Innovator of the Year is an honor, and hopefully will allow more businesses to hear about opportunities the Rhoades Car 4-wheel bikes offer working environments.”

Rhoades Car International, headquartered in Hendersonville, Tennessee, offers a unique line of four-wheel bicycles for residential and industrial use.  Celebrating its 20th year in business in 2011, the company relies on local suppliers that share the high quality craftsmanship philosophy to produce custom components for all of its 4-wheel “quad” bikes – proudly made in the USA!

For more information about Rhoades Car International, visit www.RhoadesCar.com, call 800-531-2737 or send an email to Julie@rhoadescar.com.

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Tennessee Green Business Innovator of the Year Award goes to (drum roll) RHOADES CAR


By Phyllis Shelton, VP Sales & Marketing

What a month it’s been for Rhoades Car!

I have the pleasure of announcing that Rhoades Car International received the coveted Tennessee Green Business Innovator of the Year Award at the Green Business Leadership Award ceremony last weekend at the Nashville Convention Center.

Rhoades Car was recognized along with nine other individuals or organizations in various categories, including Nissan, for its Leaf electric car. The awards were sponsored by Lipscomb University’s Institute for Sustainable Practice and the award winners were selected by a committee of business and non-profit representatives from within a statewide sustainable business roundtable.

This award comes at a great time for Rhoades Car because it confirms that our mission to provide safe, reliable and sustainable transportation to individuals and industry is right on track. And, in an industrial environment, Rhoades Car pedal-powered vehicles support employee wellness as well.

Why all the buzz about sustainability and wellness? Because, as a nation, we have to collectively do something about two of the most challenging issues in our country today:

1. find alternative means of transportation in order to reduce our dependence on foreign oil; and

2. find ways to favorably impact the obesity problem in the US (health care crisis).

I don’t think there are too many people who would argue that the two issues mentioned above need to be addressed. It’s just a matter of how they are addressed, right? I’m not suggesting that riding a Rhoades Car will be the end-all for solving both issues, but it sure will go a long way. How, you ask? Because riding a Rhoades will get a person in better shape simply because of the exercise value (whether at work or at home). Plus, some health insurance companies are offering discounts on health insurance premiums for employers who implement a corporate wellness program. Now add in the fact that a Rhoades Car runs on either pedal-power alone or can be assisted by our optional 750 watt electric motor and there you have it – we just reduced our dependence on foreign oil, lowered our health insurance premiums AND shed a few pounds in the process. How’s THAT for a win-win-win?

I could easily add a #3 to the “challenges” list above. And I would put it in bold:

3. stop depending on other countries to manufacture the majority of the products we use!

If a small company like Rhoades Car can survive 20 years in a market where 99.53% of its competitor’s products are made in China and Taiwan (that’s an actual statistic by the National Bicycle Dealers Association), then other companies can do it too. Our products are proudly Made in the USA so people and organizations that purchase one of our quad bikes are keeping American families employed! It just doesn’t get any better than that!

Receiving the Tennessee Green Business Innovator of the Year Award means so much to all of us at Rhoades Car. It gives us even more incentive to bring new and innovative 4-wheel bike designs to market. Wait until you hear about our new solar power roof design that will be announced this fall! And, by the way… it too will be proudly made in the United States of America!