The UNLV College of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, establishes the Lee F. Kramer Mechanical Engineering Award

The memorial has been generously funded the amount of $32,000 by family and friends of Kramer as well as vendors and customers of Xtreme Manufacturing and will support students majoring in mechanical engineering.  The award may be used for scholarships and support student design projects including but not limited to design competitions, developmental projects and student based projects.

Jack Aylor, Director of Development at the UNLV, Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering, stated, “This is the first gift mechanical engineering has received for this purpose. The university considers it very important contribution for the department and students.”

The use criteria allows the fund to support the mechanical engineering program for scholarship and student research purposes as determined by the department chair and approved by the Dean on an annual basis. The first award is being used to support a research project, the Baja car, an annual collegiate competition for engineering students.  Students will be able to apply for the scholarship through an application process on the college website. They will be able to use the award for materials, travel and other related expenses.

Kramer was a program advisor to the UNLV College of Engineering and served as a judge for the department of mechanical engineering in the annual Fred and Harriet Cox Senior Design Competition.  He played an integral role in the development of the Las Vegas based Xtreme Manufacturing business serving as president before he passed away on January 2015 at the age of 67.

Lee F. Kramer was born in Waukegan, IL and graduated from University of Illinois in 1970, with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. He earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Lake Forest School of Management in 1983. In 2003, Lee joined forces with Don Ahern to develop the Fresno Engineering Design Group and later the creation of Xtreme Manufacturing, where he served as VP of Engineering.   Lee is survived by his wife of 34 years, Joan Kramer, daughter Jordan and son Justin and wife Kat.

For more information on how to donate to the Lee F. Kramer Mechanical Engineering Award please visit




Ahern Rentals to Host Las Vegas Job Fair

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Las Vegas, NV (15 March 2016) ‒ Las Vegas-based Ahern Rentals, Xtreme Manufacturing, Ahern IT and AX Transportation will hold a job fair for more than 35 job openings on Saturday, March 19 from 8 am to 2 pm at 1401 Mineral Avenue, Las Vegas.

Employment opportunities at Ahern Rentals are available in many areas of the business. Rental store positions include counter/customer service, general rental mechanic, yard/wash rack, field service mechanic, general rental mechanic, and truck mechanic. Ahern is also recruiting for a field service tire technician, and tire service technician, for their dedicated tire distribution brand.

Additional opportunities in HR, Payroll, Finance, Purchasing, Customer Service and Security are also available, including credit service representative, commercial finance analyst, talent acquisition / employment coordinator, inside/inbound sales representative, security officer, security technician, customer sales support and a sourcing agent.

Sister company, Xtreme Manufacturing, is recruiting for mechanics, painters, and an assembly line technician for its assembly process, as well as a receptionist, product design engineer, product development designer, parts clerk and re-buyer.

Ahern IT will be recruiting for an AS/400 iSeries programmer, help desk technician, systems engineer, software developer (Ruby, PHP), telecommunications engineer, PC technician and a web developer.

AX transportation is currently recruiting regional OTR drivers.

The sizable number of job openings is due to the continued growth of Ahern Rentals. As the largest independently owned equipment rental company in the country, Ahern Rentals is pleased to be able to offer these employment opportunities to the Las Vegas valley community.  Ahern Rentals currently has 81 locations nationwide, employing more than 2,100 talented professionals, who help serve thousands of contractor, commercial, industrial and residential customers.

As part of the Ahern family of companies, Xtreme Manufacturing produces a line of heavy-duty telehandlers, including the multi-award winning largest capacity telehandler in North America, which are sold to customers around the World. Ahern IT develops innovative rental management software, security systems and other leading technologies to support the Ahern family businesses as well as many external customers in the construction sector and beyond.

At the job fair, managers from the various departments will be conducting interviews and making job offers to qualified candidates. Doors open for registration on Saturday, March 19th at 8 am. Applicants are encouraged to complete applications at or ahead of the event, and bring copies of their résumé with them on Saturday. It is recommended to schedule appointments prior to the job fair.  For more information, call the Human Resources department at 702-851-3701.

We are a drug-free workplace and an equal opportunity employer.





BOHO Style Clothes Fashion Leader, Steel Pony, Announces a Spectacular Philadelphia Destination for Their Fall Studio Sale

Exclusive Studio Sale to be Held at the Renowned Watkins Street Studio Space in Collaboration with Mosaic Artist Isaiah Zagar


PHILADELPHIA, Pa, October 2, 2014

Never one to take a back seat to creativity, Steel Pony owners and designers, Joanne Litz and Dennis Wolk, decided to take their semi-annual Studio Sale up an artistic notch and hold their semi-annual Studio Sale at the renowned mosaic art environment, the Watkins Street Studio, created by Isaiah Zagar.

Known for his mesmerizing mosaics work of art, Isaiah Zagar has offered the use of his Watkins Street Studio. Continuing the ornamental and imaginative mosaic environment of his other gallery, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, the Watkins Street Studio is every bit as eye-catching. “For our upcoming Studio Sale, Dennis and I were looking for a place that would complement our own unique and stylish line of clothing and the women who buy from us,” said Joanne Litz. “We looked at various locations, but the Watkins Street Studio Space was by far the best match to our inspiring line of clothing. Every inch of the gallery is dazzling with unique, handcrafted pieces, much like our line of clothes.”

Scheduled for October 24-25, the Studio Sale will be held at 1005 Watkins St. in South Philadelphia. Local and out of state attendees will experience what is being called the second Magic Gardens while shopping for Steel Pony collections at 30 percent below regular prices.

“We always have a great time meeting and greeting our customers. And they have a chance to pick up some favorite pieces at prices that are only available twice a year through our Studio Sales,” says owner & designer Joanne Litz. “Our Studio Sales are our way of thanking our customers for their support. We will also have our designer and in house stylist on hand to help them customize their own personal look. We want our customers to feel like they are playing dress up while surrounded in an extraordinary space.”

Steel Pony creates one of a kind, Boho styled hand-made clothing that is comfortable and always fashionable. Each piece is a handmade work of art, produced right here in the USA and all fabrics are Eco friendly. Other items available for regular sale prices at the Studio Sale will be the one of a kind Journey Handbags made by co-owner and designer, Dennis Wolk. Due to their exclusive nature, the leather handbags will not be discounted.

About Steel Pony


Steel Pony is known for its distinctive artwork, uncommon texture and exciting style. Founded by ArtWear designers, Joanne Litz and Dennis Wolk, Steel Pony clothes are made for the woman who appreciates individual expression.  For more information about the Studio Sale, please visit



Joanne Litz and Dennis Wolk can be reached at 215-467-6065.

Exxon Mobil, Chevron and Conoco Named as Defendants in Diesel Fuel Lawsuit



Exxon Mobil, Chevron and Conoco Named as Defendants in Diesel Fuel Lawsuit

Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorneys Owen, Patterson & Owen Have Been Retained to Represent Plaintiffs Claiming Serious Health Problems Due to the Harmful Effects of Diesel Fuel.

Los Angeles, CA (PR WEB) June 14, 2012

Attorney Greg Owen, of the Los Angeles law firm Owen, Patterson & Owen, will represent Frank Shoenwald and Rosette Shoenwald. Owen plans to demonstrate that harmful effects of diesel gas and that the alleged negligence on the part of the defendants caused his client’s serious health problems. Mr. Shoenwald has owned, operated and maintained diesel vehicles during the last 30 years. He has ingested large amounts of diesel exhaust while driving and maintaining his diesel vehicles and is now suffering from the effects of exposure to diesel gas exhaust fumes.

As a result of the alarming announcement on June 12, 2012 by the World Health Organization (WHO) that diesel engine fumes can cause cancer in humans and belong in the same potentially deadly category as asbestos, arsenic and mustard gas, millions worldwide will now be alerted to the serious health risks in breathing in diesel gas fumes.

Symptoms of exposure to diesel gas fumes vary. The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment website states, “Exposure to diesel exhaust can have immediate health effects. Diesel exhaust can irritate the eyes, nose, throat and lungs, and it can cause coughs, headaches, lightheadedness and nausea. In studies with human volunteers, diesel exhaust particles made people with allergies more susceptible to the materials to which they are allergic, such as dust and pollen. Exposure to diesel exhaust also causes inflammation in the lungs, which may aggravate chronic respiratory symptoms and increase the frequency or intensity of asthma attacks.”

Owen stated, “We have long known that diesel gas fumes cause a variety of symptoms and serious health problems. But now WHO has confirmed what many have suspected all along–that diesel gas fumes are highly toxic and can cause cancer.”

People possibly most affected by diesel exhaust fumes include, but not limited to, truck drivers, homeowners living next to freeways, firemen, construction workers, military and boat pilots. According to WHO, almost anyone exposed to diesel exhaust fumes is at risk. As noted in the press release issued by the WHO, Dr Christopher Portier, Chairman of the IARC working Group, stated that “The scientific evidence was compelling and the Working Group’s conclusion was unanimous: diesel engine exhaust causes lung cancer in humans.” Dr Portier continued: “Given the additional health impacts from diesel particulates, exposure to this mixture of chemicals should be reduced worldwide.”

About Owen, Patterson & Owen

The law firm of Owen, Patterson & Owen have successfully represented a variety of personal injury cases ranging from auto accidents to wrongful death. Serving clients nationwide and headquartered in Los Angeles, they represent their clients with a unique combination of sensitivity and aggressiveness. Recent cases include a $3.2 million lawsuit settlement in Denise Herron v. Nederander Greek and representation of the alleged sexually victimized Miramonte Children in personal injury lawsuits. For more information, please visit or call 866.654.4947.



Attorney Greg Owen is available for comment at (661) 799-3899.

Gulf War Veteran Shows Companies How to Roll Ahead of the Competition

Gulf War Veteran Shows Companies How to Roll Ahead of the Competition

Quite literally Marine Corps veteran Robert McCuiston has introduced a new way for businesses to roll ahead of the competition through his Perpetual Vendors Program. The Perpetual Vendors Program from Innovative Investments, Inc. is a mobile advertising unit that offers is that helps increase visibility of any business. For a relatively low fee, a company’s logo will be added to a billboard driving around the US and Canada. The mobile unit will always visible to any driver or passenger of other cars on the road.

McCuiston stated, “As a former Marine, I was trained to always challenge myself, to work smart and to take things to a new level. As a result, I created the Perpetual Vendors Program to help businesses increase their profits with minimal effort. I believe it’s an innovative way to increase profits effortlessly.”

The mobile units are ready to go and will be in full swing by Fall 2012 in both the US and Canada. McCuiston also stated, “Every time the unit is being driven around or even just idling at a red light, people are stopped behind, beside it or walking in front of it. People you would not reach any other way will notice the logos of the participant companies.”

In addition to highly visible marketing of a business through its mobile units, Perpetual Vendors Program will offer additional incentives to participants such as exclusively use services or goods of its members and first right of refusal to renew agreement through Perpetual Vendors Program. Once full capacity is reached, the program will no longer be available at the current pricing.

McCuiston thinks that traditional online advertising is fine, but falls short. McCuiston stated, “Traditional online advertising is OK, but it will only get you so far. The problem with only advertising online is two-fold: First, there is too much competition online to rely solely on this type of advertising. Consumers are bombarded with pop-ups and ads. Most are ignored. Secondly, people typically search online only for products or services they want or need. They get a sort of tunnel vision and rarely pay attention to other services and products.”

McCuiston believes that you have to think like big companies to make big money. Continuous visibility is vital to selling any product or service. He stated, “There’s a reason why big corporations have their logos all over their company vehicles. Think of it—how many times have you been stopped behind a McDonald’s truck and suddenly craved a Big Mac or French fries? The mobile unit works the same way. There is no reason why you can’t profit from this savvy business practice used by large corporations.”

The Founder of Innovative Investments, Inc.

Robert McCuiston, 51, is the chief executive officer, founder, and inventor of Innovative Investments, Inc. As a member of the United States Marine Corps, he performed maintenance of optical sights from 1980-1983. Additionally, McCuiston served in a civil service capacity as mayor from 1992 to 1997 for a municipality. He is nominally fluent in the Russian language, enabling him to manage the company’s operations abroad with the goal to maximize the return on all purchases and/or investments.

For more information about the Perpetual Vendors Program or Innovative Investments, Inc. please visit


Robert McCuiston can be reached at (970) 834-2268 or

Ready to Learn PR


Bilingual Study Guide Makes it Easy for Spanish Speaking Parents

Bilingual Children’s Readiness Guide Helps Spanish Speaking Parents Prepare Their

Pre-K Children for the Classroom

Nancy Chupp, retired school teacher, is pleased to announce the release of her bilingual children’s study guide, “Ready to Learn” for Spanish speaking parents.

Sevierville, TN (Ezine)—Retired schoolteacher Nancy Chupp developed “Ready to Learn” for the 4-5 year old child which was especially designed for the parent/caregiver/volunteer. The program was originally in English only. Nancy Chupp had requests for Spanish text so she decided to put English and Spanish on the lessonsso that the parent struggling with English could have the Spanish translation. This program equips the caregiver/parent with a simple way to impart needed pre-kindergarten skills to their child in a fun and convenient way.

The “Ready to Learn” study guide follows a page-a-day format. The parent is given a very simple and easy tutorial in English and Spanish. They are learning how to teach needed skills and the child is internalizing necessary skills for a good start in school. Skills addressed are through experiences with the child’s senses of sight, sound, and touch. All teaching/learning experiences take place during normal household routines (doing laundry, doing household chores, fixing dinner or going to the grocery store). Each calendar gives the parent 3 simple daily exercises (10-15 minute total).

“I taught school for 9 years. Then I opened a small business. What I noticed in my bakery was that I had to approach the incoming employees with the same skills I learned in teaching. I had to be supportive and repeatedly reinforce basic task-oriented skills” said Nancy Chupp. “As a retired person with a never-ending love of teaching, I had time to focus on an education problem that I witnessed–lack of readiness for the classroom. I knew that if I could get this info into the hands of the parents it would give them a tool to help their pre-K child. I developed this program in English and was encouraged by teachers to make an additional program for the English/Spanish parent”.

The vocabulary and skills needed for a successful start in kindergarten are sprinkled in and repeated several times throughout the calendar year. Skills are taught through experiences with the child’s senses of sight, sound, and touch. Public domain nursery rhymes and songs are included throughout “Ready to Learn” to add fun and whimsy to the lessons. Nancy Chupp stated, “The readiness skills foundation had to come from the experiences of the child via their senses or sight, sound and touch.”

“Kindergarten, in my opinion, is the most important educational investment in the young child. It is the foundation of that student’s educational life. So, I decided that a page-a-day calendar (parental activity tool) would be my format. I am giving the parent a very simple and easy tutorial. They are learning how to teach needed skills and the child is internalizing necessary skills for a good start in school. The calendar also introduces food groups and incorporates daily exercise” said Nancy Chupp.

“Being a former teacher, I decided to compile a program as a tool for the parent/caregiver of the pre-kindergarten child. I wanted to put this information into the hands of the parent as a way to supplement the skills the child is being taught in pre-K” said Nancy Chupp. “From that dual focus (home/pre-K) a knowledge base and personal confidence is acquired by the student andthe struggling parent.”


Educators interested in learning more about the “Ready to Learn” calendar can visit or contact Nancy Chupp at  for more information.

The “Ready to Learn” bilingual study guide is a resource that reinforces the formal education of the classroom. It is a pre-kindergarten readiness skills tutorial that can be started at home any time. This tool readies the child to be ready to learn.

Media Contact: 

Nancy Chupp                                                                       

Cell Phone: 865-429-2627