A.R.E. sponsors four Elite pros

MASSILLON, Ohio — Leading fiberglass truck cap and tonneau cover manufacturer A.R.E. has partnered with four professional bass anglers participating in the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society's (B.A.S.S.) 2014 Bassmaster Elite Series, the premier national competition for elite fishermen. The A.R.E. Pro Angler Fishing Team members are John Crews, Justin Lucas, Britt Myers and Brandon Palaniuk.

The company's partnership with the anglers includes providing customized truck accessories for their Toyota Tundra tow vehicles. Each pro's premium A.R.E. fiberglass Z Series truck cap, which is engineered to provide the best fit and finish to match the Tundra's style, features splashy graphics and bold colors to create a distinctive, personalized brand image for the team members.

"We're proud to be supporting a team of very talented anglers and look forward to an exciting season of competition," said Bryan Baker, director of marketing, A.R.E. "Pro anglers have valuable fishing tackle, as well as other important gear, stowed in their trucks. Our caps provide extra storage space and keep their possessions secure and dry."

The first A.R.E. Pro Angler Fishing Team member is John Crews. With years of competitive bass fishing experience and 134 tournaments under his belt, this veteran angler from Salem, Va, has had 17 Top 10 finishes in Bassmaster tournament events.

Justin Lucas of Guntersville, Ala., the second team member, is a rookie to watch on the 2014 trail, qualifying for Bassmaster's Elite Series with six Top 10 finishes in his 12-tournament career. He is the third rookie in Elite history to finish in the Top 12 in both of his first two Elite tournaments. His engaging personality and social media outreach make him a highly recognizable member of the A.R.E. team.

Britt Myers, from Mount Holly, N.C., is a Bassmaster Elite Series Top 100 Pro with five Top 10 finishes in his career. He is also owner of CS Motorsports, one of the largest automotive styling centers in North Carolina, where he combines his fishing expertise and vehicle customization skills to create fully-equipped trucks using A.R.E. products.

The fourth angler, Brandon Palaniuk of Hayden, Idaho, has two first-place awards and six Top 10 finishes in his 40-tournament history. Palaniuk is a fan favorite who posts frequent updates on Bassmaster.com.

The A.R.E. Pro Angler Fishing Team members are part of a 108-person field vying for the bass world's top recognition - Angler of the Year. The tournament is broadcast on The Bassmasters on ESPN2 and the Outdoor Channel, as well as through regular, in-depth updates on Bassmaster.com.

About A.R.E.

A.R.E. began manufacturing aluminum frame truck caps in 1969 and has become a leading manufacturer of fiberglass truck caps and hard tonneau covers. At its ISO-9001:2008-certified manufacturing facilities, A.R.E.'s more than 700 employees create the products that are sold through a network of more than 650 independent authorized dealers. For more information, contact A.R.E. at 400 Nave Rd. S.E., P.O. Box 1100, Massillon, OH 44648, email contact@4are.com, call 330-830-7800 or visit www.4are.com.

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