Carmanah Announces Partnership with Keystone Automotive for Distribution of Mobile Solar Power Products

Thu, 2011-05-19

 

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA CANADA (May 19, 2011) Carmanah Technologies Corporation (TSX: CMH) is pleased to announce that its Solar Power Systems division has received an initial stocking order from Keystone Automotive Operations for its proprietary Go Power! mobile power product line. This major US automotive equipment distributor is stocking Go Power! products in preparation for the 2011 RV season.

Keystone Automotive Operations, Inc., based in Exeter, Pennsylvania, is the leading distributor and marketer of specialty automotive equipment and accessories in North America. Recently, the company expanded to include RV, Towing and Lifestyle products and now features Carmanah as their solar RV provider.

“It was clear that the Go Power! product suite was the right fit for us,” says Jon White, General Manager of RV, Towing and Lifestyle, Keystone Automotive. “Our customers are interested in alternative power sources and we required a partner that could provide a versatile solution at an affordable price. We chose to invest in Carmanah because of their proven performance, customer service and ability to provide the necessary inventory for our growing market.”

Carmanah’s Go Power! products range from solar charging kits to pure sine wave inverters and can be installed on RVs, trailers and fleet utility vehicles for applications ranging from simple battery maintenance to full-time live aboard power.

Ted Lattimore, Carmanah CEO, said, “We are pleased to have this new channel relationship in place, and anticipate that it will significantly strengthen the Company’s leadership position in US and Canadian mobile solar power markets.”

Carmanah recently attended Keystone’s annual Big Show tradeshow and conference in New Jersey and is undergoing solar product training seminars for Keystone’s new RV department in Ontario, Canada.

For more information on this or other mobile solar power applications, contact Mike Stephens at mstephens@carmanah.com, or visit Carmanah’s website at www.carmanah.com.

 

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About Keystone Automotive Operations

Keystone and its affiliates are wholesale distributors and retailers of aftermarket automotive accessories and equipment, with operations servicing customers in all regions of the United States and provinces of Canada, as well as various other international locations. The Company’s fleet of over 300 trucks provide multi-day per week delivery and returns covering the 48 contiguous states and nine provinces of Canada. The Company sells and distributes specialty automotive products, such as light truck/SUV accessories, car accessories and trim items, specialty wheels, tires and suspension parts, and high performance products, and recently RV accessories to a base of approximately 15,000 customers. The Company’s wholesale operations include an electronic service strategy providing customers the ability to view inventory and place orders via its proprietary electronic catalog. The Company also operates retail stores in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The Company’s corporate headquarters is in Exeter, Pennsylvania.For more information, visit www.keystoneautomotive.com.

 

 

About Carmanah Technologies Corporation
As one of the most trusted names in solar technology, Carmanah has earned a reputation for delivering strong and effective products for industrial applications worldwide. Industry proven to perform reliably in some of the world's harshest environments, Carmanah solar LED lights and solar power systems provide a durable, dependable and cost effective energy alternative.

The Company’s Mobile division is a leader in the mobile, solar power industry and has more than 15 years of experience in the RV and fleet truck market. The Company’s Go Power! brand is one of North America’s most popular and recognized in solar power for both recreational and industrial use. Products include solar charging kits, pure and modified sine wave inverters and solar power accessories.Carmanah is a publicly traded company, with common shares listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "CMH”. For more information, visit www.carmanah.com.

For further information:

 

Investors:

Investor Relations: Roland Sartorius

Toll-Free: 1.877.722.8877

investors@carmanah.com

Media:

Public Relations: David Davies

Tel: +1.250.382.4332

ddavies@carmanah.com

 

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