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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...
Dan and Hoa DeBusk say they maintain a $300,000 inventory at their Fife warehouse.
Fife, Wash.—Dan and Hoa DeBusk have developed a solid base of business with their Moose Radiator & A/C distributorship that serves some 900 customers from Shoreline to Issaquah, and from Olympia to Bremerton and Bainbridge Island. “We also ship to the Omak and Brewster areas in eastern...
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....
Titan Truck in Spokane will host a 30th anniversary open house June 4.
ALASKA Empowering Destinations (ED), a non-profit entity founded by family-operated Able Auto Body in Anchorage, recently awarded two single mothers in need of reliable transportation with vehicle donations. The give-a-way was held in Anchorage at the recent Kids Day 2016 event. ED has been...
Walt Commans, the western states consultant for ASE (Automotive Service Excellence), will be presenting numerous free technician workshops for ASE test preparation during the summer months. A veteran of more than 40 years in the automotive aftermarket, Commans helps technicians and automotive...
Owner Doug Macaulay and Cody McKissen, who handles the service and parts counter at Autovice Import Parts & Service, shown at the front customer counter.
Lynnwood, Wash.-Autovice Import Parts & Service has a rich history in Volkswagen and Audi service, as well as providing parts for several import brands, said Owner Doug Macaulay.        A lifelong VW enthusiast who drives a 1990 Vanagon, Macaulay said he started with VW/Audi service business in...
These dragsters competed at Boise’s Firebird Raceway in 2015.
An exciting combination of auto races, car shows, truck pulls, and performance events are scheduled throughout the greater Pacific Northwest this year. More than 625 diversified races are scheduled at tracks from Alaska to southern Oregon, and from Spokane to Boise, featuring dragsters, stock cars...
Pro Finish is a family business, with Jesse (r.) and Erin Thatcher, and their son Mitchell, all involved in the company.
Kent, Wash. – Jesse Thatcher doesn’t hesitate when asked what makes him proudest about Pro Finish, the collision repair business he has owned and operated for the past two decades.      “We produce a quality product and stand behind what we do,” Thatcher said. “Our integrity is everything for us....

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