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(Portland, Ore.) September 14, 2016 – Portland-based and family-owned auto parts distributor and retailer Baxter Auto Parts/Performance Warehouse has purchased Central 4 Wheel Drive with locations in Portland and Spokane. Both locations will continue operating under the name of Central 4-Wheel...
Dien Chang says he more than tripled the space his shop occupies with a move to its current location.
Portland, Ore.—When Dien Chang launched ATC Auto Body & Paint in 2002, he converted a 6,000-square-foot vacant space into a fully equipped body shop. A decade later, facing a rent increase in a down economy, Chang repeated the process, this time renovating a 20,000-square-foot former warehouse...
Sept. 3-4 * Columbia River Classic Vintage Sports Car Races, Portland International Raceway, Portland. Visit www.sovren.org. Sept. 9-11 * 9th annual Rods n’ Rhodies Invitational Car Show, Florence, Ore. Visit www.florencechamber.com. Sept. 10 * 4th annual Northwest Muscle Car Show, Griot’s Garage,...
Owner Norm Huletz Jr. says pricing estimates for electrical work can be difficult depending on an issue’s complexity.
Seattle-Not many automotive businesses survive eight decades as a family-operated repair facility, but Huletz Electric Co. has accomplished that and remains a thriving entity, said Owner Norm Huletz Jr., a 30-year veteran at the electrical specialist who grew up in the business.      Founded in...
A Vietnam era Huey helicopter approaches the 5th annual Veterans & Family Center Cruise-In in Beaverton as part of a fundraising effort for homeless veterans and their families.
OREGON      The 5th annual Veterans & Family Center Cruise-In held recently in Beaverton was a huge success, said Lynn Kirwan, event coordinator. “We had 165 show cars and 55 motorcycles that were escorted by the Beaverton police, and we raised more than $34,000 that will directly assist our 80...
Brian McCullough, of Scat, was named EPWI 2015 Representative of the Year. Pictured, from l., are Luke Van Woensel, McCullough, Greg Dunlap and Paul Van Woensel. (Photo by Rob Merwin)
Vail. Colo.—Engine & Performance Warehouse (EPWI) named its 2015 “Representative Of The Year” at its recent Awards Dinner during the company’s 29th annual Summer Conference in Vail, Colo., Aug. 4. Brian McCullough, of Scat, was named EPWI 2015 Representative of the Year. McCullough, Crankshaft...
Owner John Mathews stands adjacent to his orange Jeep Wrangler parked in front of his shop.
Auburn, Wash.—An off-roading passion has turned into a profitable business venture for John Mathews, who owns Auburn Car Repair and Offroad. “At 19 I was an avid gear head and had been working on cars since I was 13 or so, and I always knew what I wanted to do,” he said. On Aug. 1, 1996, Mathews...
Courtesy Auto Service and Tire, a Pierce County, WA auto repair shop located at the Tacoma Mall, has been serving customers with honesty and integrity for over a decade, specializing in both domestic and import auto service, as well as hybrid vehicle repair. As a way of giving back to the community...
Aug. 2-5 * 2016 ADS International Convention & Tradeshow, sponsored by Association of Diesel Specialists, Wynn Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nev. Visit www.diesel.org. Aug. 9-13 * International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) and Congress of Automotive Repair & Service (CARS), Anaheim...
Pat Murray now oversees a business that employs 18 people, including six other family members.
Des Moines, Wash.—For Pat and Tom Murray, a lot has come full circle. The two brothers each began their career working while still in high school at a body shop owned by Robert Bjorneby. For Pat Murray, that’s where he met a co-worker who would later become his wife, Wendy. Flash forward about 30...

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