January 30th, 2015

Collision Repair Education Foundation seeking industry members to sponsor 45 local collision schools and provide new flooring to enhance programs professional appearance

Hoffman Estates, IL – January 30, 2015 – Industry companies are being asked to consider adopting one (or several) local collision school programs to enhance their professional appearance by sponsoring the purchase of new epoxy floor coating through the Collision Repair Education Foundation. As many collision school program floors have not been worked on since the program opened and instructors facing limited program collision to begin with, a newly epoxied floor provides a professional appearance for visiting school administration, parents, and prospective students.

January 29th

AASA Board of Governors Announces 2015 Officers, New Members

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Tim Corcoran, managing director, Region North America, ZF Services LLC, and Keith Wilson, president and CEO, Affinia Group, will serve as the 2015 chairman and vice chairman respectively of the Board of Governors of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), the light vehicle aftermarket division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA).

New members joining the AASA Board are:

Arnott® Introduces New Left or Right Rear Air Spring for 2003 through 2012 Range Rover L322

MERRITT ISLAND, FL - Arnott Air Suspension Products -- the leader in aftermarket air suspension products and accessories -- announced the introduction of a new, Arnott-designed aftermarket right or left rear air spring for the 2003 to 2012 Land Rover Range Rover L322 and MK-III.

The Arnott air spring replaces OEM Part Numbers RKB500082, RKB500080, RKB000151, RKB000150, RKB500130, and RKB500240.

MAHLE Service Solutions Will Introduce New Touch Screen Displays and A/C Machines at MACS 2015 in Orlando

York, Pa. – January 29, 2015 – MAHLE Service Solutions showcases its new interactive touch screen displays and new A/C units for processing R1234yf and R134a refrigerants at the 2015 MACS (Mobile Air Conditioning Society) Training Event and Trade Show in Orlando, Fla. Located at MACS booth #315, MAHLE Service Solutions is a silver sponsor of the event, as well as the presenting sponsor of the keynote luncheon with Robert L. Darbelnet on Wednesday, February 4.

January 28th

Northwood University’s Next ‘Heavy Duty Leadership’ Class is Scheduled for July, 2015

The weeklong educational program focuses on leadership, management, industry trends, and business skills for high-potential professionals in the commercial vehicle aftermarket.
Las Vegas – The University of the Aftermarket’s comprehensive leadership development program, Heavy Duty Leadership, will be offered again in 2015. The next class will be held July 12-17, 2015, on Northwood University’s campus in Midland, Mich.

Mitchell 1 to Hold This Year’s First Shop Management Workshop in Scottsdale

Training Helps Shops Master Advanced Features of Management Software

POWAY, Calif. – Jan. 27, 2015 – Mitchell 1 will hold this year’s first Shop Management Workshop, April 30 – May 2 in Scottsdale, Ariz. at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort. The training is designed for shop management software users who want to learn more advanced capabilities, shortcuts and new features.

TORC Announces Series Partnership with GUNK®

IRVINE, Calif. (January 28, 2015)— After a year as primary sponsor for Arie Luyendyk Jr’s PRO 2WD truck, GUNK® will expand its motorsports partnerships to include TORC: The Off Road Championship Series. “GUNK’s line of products are a natural fit for our race teams as well as our passionate fan base, says TORC Series President, BJ Birtwell. “We’re looking forward to activating this relationship in a big way.”

Company culture and employee empowerment differentiates successful businesses

Las Vegas—Companies need to build a culture of empowerment, one that allows employees to serve customers in creative ways, said Noah Rickun, vice president, sales and distribution, of ETE Reman, at the Remanufacturing Conference at AAPEX. What can they do that’s different above and beyond what might be expected of them?

February 2015 - Publisher's Statement

Sixteen million more

It is a year of celebrated volume regarding cars and light trucks manufactured.  The 2014 volume, in the 16-million range, is expected to challenge 17 million in 2015.  The sales surge helps define the end of the resultant sweet spot of repair from pre-2009 and the beginning of the next spot.  The past becomes defined by comparison of the new technological future.  The gap widens between vehicle technologies past, present and future. 

January 27th


Dwyer shifting from active duty with the U.S. Marines to full-time racer