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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...
The national tour of the Budweiser Super Custom Car Show will have a stop in Portland, Aug. 28.
IDAHO      Alex Perkes, of Technical Careers High School in Idaho Falls, won the silver medal in the Automotive Refinishing Technology (high school category) contest at the 2016 SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference, June 20-14, in Louisville, Ky. He won the state competition to...
Jonathan Ball, a two-time gold medal winner at the SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference, stands in front of a Cadillac that was presented to the Aberdeen High School automotive technology program last year as a result of his national title. (Photo courtesy of The Daily World)
Louisville, Ky.—Jonathan Ball, who recently graduated from Aberdeen High School, has accomplished something none have ever done by winning the gold medal for the second time in the Automotive Service Technology competition (high school category) at the 52nd annual 2016 SkillsUSA National Leadership...
Chuck Arnold and Reggie Sateren review work orders in the front office of Plateau Diesel Performance.
Enumclaw, Wash.—It’s not often that a relatively new business has experienced the growth that Plateau Diesel Performance has since opening in early 2015, but much of the credit goes to an exceptional staff, said Chuck Arnold, service manager. Plateau Diesel was founded by Mike Sateren who had been...
Melanie Lewis, general manager of the NAPA seven-store group, is shown with Shell Sloan, manager of The Parts Store in Burlington, headquarters of the operation.
Burlington, Wash.—From humble beginnings, a NAPA Auto Parts group in Washington’s Skagit County has grown to be a major player in parts distribution with seven stores, including a store in Everett (Snohomish County), said Melanie Lewis, the group’s general manager. Owner Rob Coogle had a small NAPA...
July 1-3 * Pacific Northwest Historics, sponsored by the Society of Vintage Racing Enthusiasts, Pacific Raceways, Kent, Wash. Visit www.sovren.org. July 7-10 * The Portland Vintage Racing Festival, Portland International Raceway, Portland. Visit www.svra.com. July 9 * 5th annual Salvation Army...
John Kraman, of Mecum auctions, addressed automotive industry professionals during a presentation at the World of Speed. (Photo by Dan Burrill)
  IDAHO The Potlatch Days Car, Tractor, and Motorcycle Show, sponsored by Potlatch Lions Club, takes place July 16, in Potlatch. The show is part of the fundraising Potlatch Community Days event that includes everything from a parade to a chainsaw logging competition. For event details, visit www....
Shop manager Joel Michelsen says moving the shop away from Lithia’s Chevrolet dealership will help expand the range of vehicles it repairs.
Bend, Ore.—Joel Michelsen said Lithia Body & Paint of Bend’s move this summer from a 4,000-square-foot shop at one of the company’s central Oregon dealerships to a new 13,000-square-foot shop is evidence of Lithia’s belief in the collision repair industry. Lithia has about 18 body shops around...

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