Metalcloak rides on Jeep popularity

Direct sales, marketing and engineering drive NorCal manufacturer’s ingenuity

Rancho Cordova, Calif.—Founded in 2009, Metalcloak designs, manufacturers, markets, and sells Jeep products direct to the consumer, said Co-Owner and Vice President of Marketing and Sales Matson Breakey. The Metalcloak ownership and management team includes Breakey, CEO Aaron Colacchia, and Chief Engineer Doug Powell.

August 22nd


SLAMSTOP Universal Soft Close Device Secures Car Doors Silently and Automatically

August 6th

AAPEX 2014 Mobile App Features New Products, Exhibitors and Walking Map

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Aug. 6, 2014 – The Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) 2014 Mobile App offers many new features to help buyers plan while on-the-go for the event, easily navigate the show floor and grow their business while at AAPEX. AAPEX is slated for Tuesday, Nov. 4 through Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Sands Expo Center, Las Vegas, Nev., with AAPEXedu sessions starting on Monday, Nov. 3.

August 5th


Lebanon, Ohio, July 3, 2014 – Trim Parts Holdings Corp. has announced the acquisition of The Right Stuff Detailing and all of its assets as the latest addition to Trim Parts Holdings’ fast-growing family of top tier restoration parts manufacturing companies.

July 31st

August 2014 - River Valley People & Places


The Auto & Truck Recyclers of Illinois 2014 Convention and Trade Show is Sept. 19-20, at the Embassy Suites East Peoria Hotel and Conference Center. Seminars and events include Parts Trader, speakers Rob Rainwater and Dan Bruner, airbag and forklift training, a tour of Neal Auto Parts, and a tour and dinner at Behr Iron & Metal in Peoria. Contact Michelle Lechner at 877-880-2874 or e-mail,

Multi-shop owner and AASP-MO leader values training and networking at EXCEL

Bridgeton, Mo.—Third-generation shop owner Jon Parmentier grew up in the collision repair business, and he still has family who are running two other shops. And even with more than 20 years of experience under his belt, there’s much for him to gain out of belonging to a trade association, said Parmentier, who is president of the Gateway Collision chapter of the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Missouri (AASP-MO) AASP-MO is hosting its 33rd annual EXCEL Automotive Trade Show & Training Conference, Sept. 5-7, in St. Charles, Mo., and it is open to the public.

AAPEX to feature new General Session open to all attendees; Steve Forbes to keynote

Mokena, Ill.—The Town Hall breakfast, hosted by the Auto Care Association, and the Executive Breakfast, hosted by the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), the light aftermarket division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), are both being replaced by a combined new free General Session slated for Wednesday, Nov. 5, during AAPEX in Las Vegas.

Open to all, EXCEL adds owners-only trade show exclusive preview

St. Charles, Mo.—Shop owners will be able to preview tools, equipment and services for their shop during an exclusive owners-only preview at the free trade show sponsored by the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Missouri (AASP-MO.) AASP-MO’s 33rd annual EXCEL Automotive Trade Show & Training Conference, which is open to the industry, will take place Sept. 5-7, at the St. Charles Convention Center.

Business diversifies as Bob’s Trans celebrates silver anniversary

Maryland Heights, Mo.—As Bob’s Transmission & Automotive Service celebrates 25 years in business, it’s adapted to market demands, said Rob Fox, who owns and operates the business with his sister, Jodie Triplett, and his mother and office manager, Judy. His father, namesake and founder of the business, passed away just before Christmas 2011. However, the family legacy continues as the business still operates using his father’s guiding principles, he said.

High-performance diesels drive Scheid

Terre Haute, Ind.—Scheid Diesel driver Jared Jones stages his Spitzer dragster, the 5.9 Cummins growling and the oversized turbo whistling as it builds boost. Just 6.46 seconds later after breaking the starting beam, a plume of black smoke out of the stack trailing behind, he’s through the traps at 225 MPH, setting a National Hot Rod Diesel Association record.