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NTSA Extends Dual-Fuel Credit Through Model Year 2008

In an attempt to continue encouraging the development and sale of alternate-fuel-powered vehicles, the U.S. Department of Transportation had extended the incentive for dual-fueled vehicles, through model year 2008. The NTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) anticipates the extension will mean that manufacturers will produce more dual-fueled vehicles that will operate on ethanol, a domestic fuel, which will have the ultimate effect of reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil.


Progressive Commercial Auto Announces Contest for Independent Agents 

MAYFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio - Progressive Insurance Company announces its new “Hardworking Insurance” contest, designed to reward independent agents and brokers for quoting and selling Progressive Commercial Auto policies. The grand prize - a brand new, 2004 Ford F-150 Lariat Super Crew 4x4 pick up truck valued at over $36,000, plus an additional $10,000 in cash - will go to one lucky agent or broker chosen at random. The company will also award a number of additional prizes, including a $1,600 pre-paid fuel card and prepaid debit cards of various values, to randomly-selected agents who enter the contest. Log on to for rules and registration.


Small Business Owners have a New Retirement Planning Option, Thanks to Guardian

NEW YORK, Feb. 18/ -- The Guardian Life Insurance Company, a leader in the 412(i) market announced the launch of a new suite of Pension Trust Whole Life and Annuity policies for the 412(i) market.  The launch strengthens the company's range of offerings and provides small business owners with an increased level of security, flexibility and guaranteed benefits.

Guardian's new product suite is funded and guaranteed with life insurance and annuity products.  Guardian has enhanced its existing annuities with three new products, available with either front-end or back-end loads, allowing customers to structure the funding of their qualified plans according to their own needs.


MobileGuardian(TM) Recovers Stolen Truck

ATLANTA, Feb. 18/ -- John Sanchez is a grateful man.  Within two hours of reporting his truck missing, Sanchez, of Miami Lakes, FL had his vehicle back, thanks to MobileGuardian, a vehicle recovery and location device that allows customers to view location data online and on demand. 

Mr. Sanchez awoke February 7 to find his new Ford F-350 was not in his driveway. He immediately logged in to the MobileGuardian Web site to perform a "locate" and safely disabled the vehicle.  The locate procedure provided John with an address and map of the vehicle's location, which he then relayed to police. 



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