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Aug 18, 2010

New York DMV to Allow Personalized License Plates for Historical Vehicles

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced recently that personalized license plates will now be available for historical vehicles. According to an article in The Queens Courier, there are over 30,000 historical vehicles registered in the state of New York. In order for a vehicle to be labeled as historical it must be over 25 years old or contain rare characteristics to be considered historical or classic. The personalized plates will feature a gold background with blue lettering and will hold up to eight characters. The word “HISTORICAL” will remain at the bottom of the plate. For more information, go to

Mittler Bros. to Manufacture the Metalcraft Tool Product Line

Mittler Bros. Machine & Tool has announced that it has reached an agreement with Metalcraft Tools of Crossville, Tennessee, to manufacture Metalcraft’s product line, which includes the Metalcraft Power Hammer and English Wheel. After 22 years in business, Cal and Joyce Davis, founders of Metalcraft Tools, have decided to retire. “These products are a great fit to Mittler Bros.’ existing line of metalworking equipment” said Mike Mittler, president of Mittler Bros. “We are pleased to have this opportunity, given the fact that both businesses are family businesses and focus on producing a quality product for the metalworking industry.” For more information, go to

Factory Five Racing to Offer 15 Weekly Specials in Honor of 15th Anniversary

In honor of its 15th anniversary in business, Factory Five will offer a different special each week for 15 weeks. The company kicked off the anniversary specials last week by rolling back its prices to 1995 levels for 15 customers. This week the company will offer its “Ultimate Garage Sale,” which will feature deals on a variety of parts. “We will be doing something special each week for 15 weeks in a row,” Factory Five President Dave Smith posted on the company’s website. “All [of the ideas will be] focused on reminding people that we are grateful for the job.” The 15-year anniversary specials will be announced online and on Factory Five’s Facebook page.