Students from Pickens Technical College stand in front of the motors donated by GM to 10 AYES schools throughout Colorado.David Ferrell, parts consultant (l), and Rick Leonard, parts manager, say their goals include providing support for the Nissan brand on Denver’s west side and increasing their parts inventory when Empire’s new facility is completed in August.Art MilnerAndrew Scott, CMP account manager

Mountain People & Places - March 2016


The Collision Repair Education Foundation’s career fair will be held Thursday, April 14, at Garmat USA’s corporate office in Englewood. All industry companies seeking to meet greater Denver area collision students are invited to participate. More than 200 local collision students have already registered for the event.

Pickens Technical College Automotive Technology Department, received a new 2014 Cadillac CTS, through donations from Automotive Youth Education System (AYES) and the college’s CFO. Through a Perkins grant it also obtained a new alignment trainer machine and a new 2009 C6 Corvette. General Motors also donated 96 engines to be disturbed to 10 AYES schools in Colorado. Pickens will keep 10 of the engines.

Rick Leonard has been hired as the new parts manager at Empire Lakewood Nissan. With 35 years of overall automotive experience, and nine years with Nissan, Leonard said his goal is to provide more support for shops sourcing OE parts on the west side of Denver. Empire Lakewood Nissan joined “Part of the Club” and the Wholesale Advantage programs. It currently has seven parts consultants and two delivery trucks. The dealership is also building a new facility, set to open in August. Upon completion, Empire will gain more inventory space in the parts department, Leonard said.

Premier Tire has sold the assets of its business to US AutoForce, a division of U.S. Venture. U.S. AutoForce has two locations in Colorado, Denver and Colorado Springs and 29 warehouses nationwide. All current order cutoffs and delivery frequencies will remain in effect. Customers can continue to call the same Premier Tire phone number, 800-525-3031, which will roll over to U.S. AutoForce. Customers can also call local lines: 303-320-4725 for U.S. AutoForce Denver warehouse, and 719-475-8473 in Colorado Springs. To access the new website and place orders online, customers can use the same username and password they used as Premier Tire customers, except they will need to put “US” in front of their existing username. Customers can continue to access the site by visiting: or can go to to place orders. Representatives will be visiting Premier Tire customers in person over the next few weeks to review all the new programs U.S. AutoForce has to offer.

In Memoriam: Longtime employee of A&H Finishing Products employee, Arthur F. Milner, 91, of Denver, died Dec. 21, 2015.  He was born in Denver on Oct. 3, 1924, to Robert and Abbie Milner.  He graduated from Regis High School and was drafted to serve in Europe with the 24th Tank Battalion of the 13th Armored Division during World War II. After his service he married Lois Jean Fender on Aug. 23, 1946.

Art started his career in the automotive finishing industry with E. I. DuPont.

 He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Emmitt and Fr. Jeremias Milner, wife Lois, and grandson Robbie Milner.  He is survived by sons, Art Jr. (Sharon); Robert (Nancy) and Kevin Milner; sister-in-law Frances (John) Trammell; brother-in-law Bob McManus, two granddaughters and five great grandchildren.  Cremation has taken place under the care of the Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary.  Memorial services will be announced at a future date.    

Central Motive Power (CMP), a diesel service center and diesel parts remanufacturer and distributor, hired Andrew Scott in February.  Scott will serve as an account manager, covering a territory south of I-70 to New Mexico.

Team PRP’s nationwide network of automotive recycling professionals continues its expansion with the addition of Reno’s Auto Parts in Ohio, TLS Auto Recycling in California, and Mullins Auto Parts in Springfield and Mt. Olive, Ill.

“Welcoming these three new recyclers to our Team PRP organization is a wonderful start to 2016,” said Mark Gamble, Team PRP’s Executive Director in Centennial.  “These businesses further strengthen our network of parts trading and logistics, offering more for our many repair shop customers across the country.”


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