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June 4, 2004

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Looking back, it seems like a logical thing - first there were kitchen companies and bathroom companies, and the latest franchise opportunity growing in the US at present is a garage-renovation system known as GarageTek: a customisable modular storage system based on slotted TekPanel PVC wall panels to which a range of bracketless shelves, tool racks, bins and overhead cabinets large enough for a Jet Ski can be attached. The modules can be simply adjusted to cater for changing storage needs and are made from moulded, fire-resistant thermo-plastic. A typical installation takes one day and costs US$1500- $2000 installed with accessories - not cheap but there's a ten year guarantee and its all relative to DIY or engaging a builder. It's just the thing to house your prestige car, and an ideal comeback next time kitchen renovations are discussed. Unfortunately GarageTek has not yet appointed a local distributor. Visit

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, (Australia's largest Telco), (Australia's largest employment site),,, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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