October 15th, 2014

Independent’s new facility built to offer the best of dealership and independent worlds

New location features parts department with full-time staff and lifts in every bay

Boulder, Colo.—When Independent Motors outgrew its facility on West Pearl Street, where it had operated for more than 30 years, Owner Bill Bender decided to build a new facility from the ground up instead of buying an existing building.

“It’s funny how it worked out, but we moved on August 2, 2013, exactly 30 years and a day after we opened in 1983,” Bender said.

October 13th

Bosch Community Fund donates $100,000 to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation for scholarships

Farmington Hills, Mich.—The Bosch Community Fund, along with the Bosch Automotive Aftermarket Business Division has established a $100,000 fund for the University of the Aftermarket Foundation to provide approximately 25 automotive scholarships each year over a three-year period. The fund is an important element in Bosch’s comprehensive strategy to help equip the automotive workforce of the future in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math or STEM education.

Lincoln Technical Institute teams with Motor Trend on ‘HOT ROD Garage’ Web series

West Orange, N.J.—Lincoln Educational Services Corporation has partnered with Motor Trend to produce “HOT ROD Garage,” a new Web series that offers a hands-on, high-energy look at the automotive industry. “HOT ROD Garage,” an exclusive YouTube series, is hosted by Mike Finnegan and David Freiburger of “Roadkill,” the Motor Trend Channel’s automotive counterculture program.

Mitchell 1 names Jonathan Hladney 2014 Automotive Technology Outstanding Student

POWAY, Calif. – Aug. 4, 2014 – Jonathan Hladney from Brackenridge, Pa. was recently named the 2014 Mitchell 1 Automotive Technology Outstanding Student during the North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) conference held in Greenville, S.C. Each year, Mitchell 1 recognizes one U.S. or Canadian high school senior for outstanding achievement in automotive technology and auto shop repair scholastics.

October 7th

Formula Drift Wins Within Reach for Scion Racing

Scion Leads Competition for Manufacturer’s Cup; Driver Fredric Aasbo in Second Place

Long Beach, Calif. – October 7, 2014 – Formula DRIFT victory is close enough to taste. Scion Racing sits in first place going into the series’ final round, competing for its first-ever Formula DRIFT manufacturer’s cup. Leading the team’s success is 2014 Hankook tC driver Fredric Aasbo, currently in second place. If Aasbo wins the driver’s championship, it would lead to Scion Racing’s first Formula DRIFT Cup, as well.

October 3rd

Auto Drive-In Facilities are Operational in Aurora and Greenwood Village Helping Customers Recover

Denver, Colo., October 3, 2014 - State Farm®, the largest insurer in Colorado, brought in additional resources to help customers in and around the Denver metro area recover from the severe weather earlier this week.  As of Friday, more than 3,800 auto claims and approximately1,000 homeowner claims have been reported to the company.

Clutch & Brake Training Update

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September 30th

Michael Cardone Jr. presented with MEMA’s highest honor: 2014 Triangle Award

Recognized for Leadership in the Automotive Aftermarket and Remanufacturing Industries

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Michael Cardone Jr., owner and chief strategy officer, CARDONE Industries, was presented the prestigious Triangle Award, the highest honor awarded by the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), during the Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association (MERA) Golisano Conference, held here on Sept. 24. MERA is the remanufacturing division of MEMA.

October 2014 - River Valley People & Places


Robert Bosch LLC has established a scholarship program through UTI (Universal Technical Institute) with a gift of $50,000 to the Lilse, Ill., campus. The program will assist students with funding their education at the school. Multiple $1,000 scholarships and employment grants will be awarded. To be eligible for the scholarship students must meet all UTI admissions requirements, plus specific Bosch Scholarship requirements.

Collision Express focuses on quick turnaround and customer repair options

Maplewood, Mo.—After working at Don’s Body Shop in Overland for 40 years and owning it for 35, Dennis Carroll expanded his operations in March by opening a second location geared toward quicker repairs and more customer-pay work designed with options in mind.

“It’s called Collision Express because we want to do bumper jobs and other quick repairs,” Carroll said. “We don’t really want a train wreck; we’ll fix one, but we prefer a $1,500-$2,500 hit or a $500 bumper repair.”