Mountain People & Places - March 2017
TBC Corporation (TBC) announced it has sold SpeeDee Oil Change & Auto Service to Grease Monkey, independent franchisors of automotive fast lube centers serving more than two million customers with locations in Colorado and New Mexico. “This transaction provides outstanding opportunities for all parties involved. TBC was able to monetize an asset and will now reinvest in our core franchise, wholesale and retail businesses. Grease Monkey adds a powerful brand with industry leading operational processes and a strong franchise base and SpeeDee franchisees will now be part of a larger automotive fast lube group which will allow them to draw on a focused set of resources to drive growth,” said Erik R. Olsen, TBC president, CEO and chairman of the board.
The Collision Repair Education Foundation will have spring career fair at Manheim Denver, 17500 E 32nd Ave, Aurora, May 8. The foundation has partnered with ASE/NATEF, which has invited collision and automotive school contacts to the event. Through the partnership, the 2016 career fairs averaged more than 200 students per event and that attendance number is anticipated to double in some markets in 2017 through the inclusion of automotive/ mechanical students.
Louisville-based Bestop is the Official Truck & Jeep(r) Outfitter of ULTRA4 Racing for the 2017 racing season. The company launched the partnership at the desert racing series’ kickoff event, King of the Hammers, Feb. 3-11, in Johnson Valley, Calif.
Lincoln College of Technology in Denver has named Caliber Collision as Employer of the Year. Ken Phipps, director of Career Services at Lincoln Tech, said the award is in recognition of the numerous opportunities Caliber Collision has presented over the years to the school’s students and graduates as they prepare for a career in the collision industry. Caliber’s comprehensive commitment to help provide students with career choices includes participation in the school’s career fairs, on-campus interviews, behind-the-scene tours of Caliber Collision facilities, and one-on-one meetings with Caliber’s managers and technicians for real-world experiences. Caliber is also a contributor to Lincoln Tech’s Program Advisory Committee (PAC) program. Locally, Caliber Collision has 18 centers in the Denver area, and 24 throughout Colorado.