February 2015 - Northwest People & Places


     NAPA training programs set for February and March in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Wasilla include “Electrical World Class Diagnostics” and “Fuel System Analysis.” Contact local NAPA suppliers for dates and locations of the classes.



Direct Market Access (DMA), a leading supplier of aftermarket parts in North America, has named RPS Marketing as its representative agency for the West Coast. “RPS is known for providing first-class market support for the lines they represent,” said Mark Harritan, vice president sales for DMA. “The addition of RPS to the DMA team is very exciting and we expect them to help propel DMA to new heights in our West Coast markets.” RPS, founded in 1982, made a significant step in 2003 when it created a partnership between Ronglien, Perman, Salustri and TPA Inc., both well-known manufacturer rep agencies, forming RPS Marketing with the official merger in 2005. Today, the firm has a 16-member field sales team that serves Alaska, Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. The marketing firm has corporate offices in Milwaukie near Portland and in Bothell, Wash., to serve Alaska and Northwest automotive accounts.

The 38th annual Southern Oregon Rod & Custom Show is set for Feb. 14-15, at the Jackson County Fairground & Exposition Center in Central Point. The indoor show, organized by the Rogue Valley Street Rods club, is expected to draw more than 8,000 attendees to view hundreds of vehicles and commercial displays. Proceeds from the show benefit the Child Development & Rehabilitation Center (CDRC) of Oregon Health Science University. To date, the show has donated more than $525,000 to the CDRC. For show details, visit www.roguevalleystreetrods.com.

The Portland International Auto Show is set for Feb. 5-8, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Show features include a Clean Tech Center showcasing electric vehicles, ride and drives for 10 brands of cars and trucks, a Great Outdoors exhibit for vehicle accessories, the Dub Show Tour of exotic show cars, a motorcycle pavilion, the Mobility Zone highlighting equipment for the physically challenged, the RC Rock Climbing experience to test off-road skills, and more.  In total, more than 500 new vehicles and concepts will be on display. For details, visit www.portlandautoshow.com.

Oregon is part of an eight-state coalition promoting electric car ownership. The coalition, which also includes California, is offering electric-vehicle owners more charging stations throughout their states, reduced toll charges, carpool lane access, and free parking. The Multi-State Zero Emissions Action Plan is designed to get more clean cars on roadways.



     LeMay-America’s Car Museum (ACM) has been named one of the 10 best museums in the Seattle metro area by USA Today. “ACM earning a spot on USA Today’s 10 Best Museums in Seattle list shows our hard work is paying off in connecting with, and captivating, our visitors,” said David Madeira, ACM president and CEO of the 165,000-square-foot museum in Tacoma. “We see ACM as a cultural experience instead of just another stationary car museum.” In November, ACM competed with 74 other finalists to win the title of “Best Museum in Western Washington.” It was based on viewer responses in the KING 5 Television (NBC affiliate) “Best of Western Washington” annual contest that rated best places for 2014 with 413,000 votes from the region’s consumers. Currently on exhibit at ACM is the “Ford F-Series: The Truck that Grew Up with America” which opened in January and runs through June.

     Puget Sound Energy (PSE), the state’s largest provider of electric power and natural gas service, is offering PSE residential customers a $500 rebate on the purchase of more than 30 types of Level 2 (240-volt) electric vehicle chargers. The rebate, with restrictions on charger installation dates, is available to 5,000 eligible customers. Bellevue-based PSE, the state’s oldest local utility company, serves more than one million customers with electric power (770,000 with natural gas) in six Western Washington counties. For details on the rebate program, visit www.pse.com/electricvehicles. In January, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee proposed continued sales-tax breaks for buyers of electric vehicles, free access to HOV toll lanes, plus no charge for EVs on state ferries. His goal is to increase the electric vehicle population from 10,000 today to 50,000 in 2020.

     Tires Inc. in Chehalis recently celebrated its 60th anniversary. Four generations of the Hubbert family have worked in or owned the business since 1962. Tires Inc. is a Goodyear dealer providing car, light truck, commercial truck, farm, industrial, and off-road tires in the Twin Cities area, and has been a Bandag retread dealer for 49 years.

     Early bird registration for the Automotive Training Expo (ATE), March 20-22, at the Doubletree Hotel in SeaTac expires Feb. 6. The registration fee of $425 per person is discounted to $399 during early-bird. Go to www.atetrainingexpo.com. ATE offers more than 60 automotive management and technical training classes over three days, plus seven I-CAR courses for the collision repair trade (separate registration at www.i-car.com/html_pages/training/events03.shtml). The all-inclusive package covers classes; training materials; five breakfasts and lunches, four with keynote speakers; and admission to the trade expo Friday and Saturday evenings, featuring hors d’oeuvres. There are also a limited number of scholarships available to attend ATE with a submission deadline of Feb. 6 (www.atretrainingexpo.com/scholarships).

     Service King Collision Repair Centers, based in Richardson, Texas, has acquired Kirmac Collision Services based in Seattle. Kirmac was founded in 1973 by Ian and Ken McIntosh in British Columbia and has 12 Northwest collision repair and auto glass outlets. “Entering the Pacific Northwest is an exciting step forward for us,” said Jeff McFadden, president of Service King. “In ultimately selecting Service King as the new owners of our company, I am fully confident that I have made the right choice, and look forward to watching the Service King team in Washington continue to build further on our success,” said Kirmac CEO Ian McIntosh. With the acquisition of Kirmac, Service King now operates 209 collision repair centers in 21 states.

     Michael Kicker of Buckley was the national grand-prize winner of the Pennzoil Dream Machine Sweepstakes. He won an Adrenaline Red 2014 Dodge Viper SRT complete with Pennzoil Ultra Platinum 0W-40 synthetic motor oil. The 640-HP Viper was presented to Kicker by Jim Mattson, commercial fleet manager at Tacoma Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram SRT in Tacoma.

     A retirement party was hosted by local I-CAR instructors and shop owners on Jan. 4, in SeaTac, for Bob Mickey, who retired Jan. 2, after more than 20 years as the Northwest Region manager for I-CAR. Collision industry professionals from throughout the state attended the event, as did Gene Lopez of I-CAR, who is the Southwest Region manager and will now also be responsible for the Northwest.

     The 41st annual Corvette & High Performance Meet takes place Feb. 7-8, at the Washington State Fair & Events Center in Puyallup. Founded and still coordinated by Larry Johnson, the popular event annually draws more than 8,000 attendees and features more than 900 booths with new and used cars and parts, primarily Corvettes and muscle cars. There will also be a Next Generation Exhibition on Saturday geared for those under 40 to view custom cars and learn about restoration of older vehicles. For complete details, visit www.corvettehp.com. 

     The Spokane International Auto Show, the largest gathering of new cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs in the Inland Northwest, will be Feb. 13-15, at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center in Spokane. The 2015 show will have brands from 27 automakers on display. Visit www.spokaneautoshow.com for details.

     Competition Specialties Inc. (CSI) will stage its annual Mega Show Feb. 28-Mar. 1, at its corporate headquarters in Auburn. The 2015 show will feature more than 130 product booths and will draw some 3,500 jobbers from throughout western states. CSI said its event is the largest order-writing jobber show in the country.

      Ed Cushman, AAM, co-owner of C&H Foreign Auto Repair in Spokane, has announced that he is running for a position on the ASA national board of directors. Long active in ASA Northwest, Cushman is a past chairman of that organization and has been involved in ASA national affairs for years. Voting by members takes place Feb. 1-28. ASA members can visit www.asashop.org for details, or call 817-514-2900.

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