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Malone Auto Racks to Offer Malone Kayak & Canoe Racks to Consumers Through National Retailer


Montpelier, VT April 18, 2008 -- ORS Racks Direct, a leading provider of truck and car rack systems for commercial and recreational applications, announced today it has partnered with Malone Auto Racks to showcase Malone kayak racks, canoe racks and gear storage systems as part of the 2008 ORS Racks Direct product line-up offered to consumers nationwide.

“We are continuously seeking innovative new products to fill out our full spectrum of automobile rack system offerings. Malone Racks is a company we’ve had our eye on for quite some time. And expanding on their business philosophy of making gear transport items that are simple to use and affordable, the 2008 Malone Racks product line features unique canoe rack and kayak rack products that no other car rack manufacturer is currently producing. Best of all they are inexpensive as well,” remarks Catherine Case, Consumer Relations and Sales Coordinator, ORS Racks Direct. “For instance, the fastest growing market sector currently is kayak rack lift assist devices, and Malone Racks now offers two products, the Malone Telos kayak lift assist and the Malone Stinger lift assist. These items address the two areas customers are most interested in - vehicle side loading of a kayak onto the car top and vehicle rear loading of a kayak onto the car top. The Malone HandiRack is another innovative example that answers customers needs for a temporary and cheap roof rack for car rentals etc.”

The Malone Autoloader Xv kayak rack ( image viewable at ) is a j-style kayak carrier that makes efficient use of roof rack crossbar space by transporting the kayak in a semi-vertical fashion. The Malone AutoLoader Xv also includes a unique integrated boarding ramp that makes it easy to slide the kayak onto the j-cradles.

The Malone Telos kayak lift assist is a kayak lifting aid that works in combination with the Malone AutoLoader Xv ( image viewable at ). It allows one person to effortlessly ratchet the boat up the side of the vehicle and into position on the Autoloader cradles.

The Malone Stinger kayak lifting aid ( image viewable at ) permanently mounts to the Malone SeaWing Xv kayak carrier, simultaneously protecting the rear of the vehicle and dramatically easing the effort required of one person to rear load a kayak onto the Malone SeaWing Xv saddles.

The Malone BigFoot canoe rack ( image viewable at ) is an innovative canoe carrier featuring four-point attachments that enable the Malone BigFoot to mount to any factory rack crossbars, a feature no other car rack manufacturer has accomplished.

About Malone Auto Racks, Inc.
Located in Westbrook, Maine, Malone is the largest family owned rack accessory company in North America. With products sold in over 1500 outdoor retail stores located in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, their goal is to support the continued growth of the outdoor industry by providing innovative and reliable products that meet the demands of dedicated customers.

About ORS Racks Direct, Inc.
ORS Racks Direct is a privately held company specializing in comprehensive sales and service of car and truck rack systems. Representing the industry’s most respected manufacturers, including Yakima Racks, Thule Racks and Malone Racks, the company offers high quality truck rack, bicycle rack, snowboard-ski rack, canoe-kayak rack and sailboard-surfboard rack solutions for vehicle rear hitch and trunk mount, roof rack mount and pickup truck mount applications. The company has been providing consumer sales for over three decades to the U.S. market through multi-channel outlets that include store front, internet and phone sales.

Their full line of Malone Racks products is available for review at

Contact Information: General Inquiries, ORS Racks Direct, +1-802-229-2893.


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