Edmond, Okla. - Petra Industries, a leading distributor of CE, custom installation products, mobile A/V accessories and appliance connection supplies, held its 9th Annual Car Audio Expo this past weekend at company headquarters here.
The event gave attendees the chance to meet face-to-face with vendor representatives from the 26 manufacturers, who gave hands-on demonstrations of new speakers, A/V receivers, DVD players, CD head units, navigation systems and accessories, subwoofers and other products.
As at last year's show, Petra gave attendees the chance to shop exclusive same-day show specials only available from the Expo floor. In all, 34 brands participated in offering these Expo-only specials.
Exhibitors included Pioneer, Clarion, SiriusXM, Garmin, Bazooka, Whistler, Dual, Boss, Sound Storm Laboratories, Directed Electronics, Cobra, PAC, Wilson, Parrot, Midland, Power Acoustik, Crime Stopper, Rocky Mountain Radar, Boyo, Roadview, Steelmate, DB Research, Atrend, Scytek and Scosche, Petra said.
"Our manufacturers really enjoy coming to the Expo because they get to provide direct support and information to the dealers that sell their products," said Petra executive VP Tate Morgan. "We are proud to say this year's Expo was another huge success for both the manufacturers and our dealers who will now be able to take that product knowledge to their own customers for greater success for their business."
Petra also continued its annual tradition of the "Installer Olympics," which included such games as the woofer toss, frozen T-shirt race and a crowd favorite, the creeper races.
All Expo attendees were also registered for a chance to win raffle prizes including an 8 GB Apple iPod touch 4G, a JVC 5.0 MP Picsio Pocket digital video camera and 37-inch 1080p E200 Series LCD HDTV, a 6.9-inch portable DVD player from Toshiba and a Coby 7-inch Kyros touchscreen tablet.
Interviews from the Expo show floor with all attending manufacturers can be viewed at
In other Petra news, the distributor has mailed its Spring 2011 catalog to more than 100,000 independent retailers, e-tailers and custom installers and integrators nationwide.
One of Petra's largest publications to date, the catalog features products from more than 500 manufacturers including Sony, Canon, Toshiba, OtterBox, Olympus, JVC, Philips, Garmin, Clarion, Olympus, RCA, Midland, Monster, Jensen, Belkin, Memorex, Peerless, Maxell, Motorola, Pentax, and Panasonic. In addition, Petra introduced more than 4,000 new products and dropped prices on more than 1,600 top-selling items.
Petra said it continues to expand its top categories and roster of high-profile manufacturers, exemplified by a broad selection of iPad 2 cases, and tablet and e-reader accessories from OtterBox, Griffin and Speck. New additions include speakers, amplifiers and subwoofers from RE Audio, plus vehicle observation and security products from CrimeStopper, while more than 100 Pioneer car electronics items are represented in the Spring catalog, reflecting Petra's role as the exclusive car electronics distributor for Pioneer in Oklahoma and Texas.
"The entire Petra team has worked tirelessly to bring in more than 4,000 of the newest products from the top brands in the industry," said Bill Stewart, Petra president/CEO. "This vast supply of new items along with reduced pricing on an additional 1,600 items will help open up new opportunities for our dealers at price points that will add directly to their bottom line."
Petra customers can view the Spring 2011 catalog and all other recent sales fliers including two 48-page sales fliers, a 32-page closeout flier, a 192-page mobile A/V flier and a 96-page custom install flier, at
In addition, Petra's mobile website for portable Apple, Android and Blackberry devices allows Petra customers to view new and current products, check pricing and place orders.