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Byron Brown, Denver site manager, says that Diesel Forward, with its national presence, brings additional resources to both the employees of the former CMP and its customers.
Denver–In August, Diesel Forward, Inc., a Wisconsin-based diesel parts distributor and component remanufacturer, closed on a deal to purchase the assets of Central Motive Power (CMP) – a staple diesel parts distributor and rebuild business in Colorado since 1926. According to Byron Brown, Denver...
Larry H. Miller Colorado Chrysler Jeep presented a check for $10,000 to Ability Connection Colorado.
COLORADO Les Schwab Tire Centers purchased 6030 E. Colfax Ave. and the adjacent 1459 Kearney St. parcel in Denver for $1.1 million, according to county records. The two parcels add up to 0.72 acres, making the deal worth $35.25 a square foot. The site is undeveloped. The chain has 10 locations in...
Students display parts received for the first-ever SEMA Student Vehicle Build at ECO. Teacher Chris Coriz took students to the 2017 SEMA show and helped them prepare resumes, business cards, and a pitch to companies for donations.
Santa Fe, N.M.— When the moment arose for Chris Coriz and his students to take their program to the next level, they were ready. As part of SEMA pilot program developed to engage the next generation of automotive professionals and enthusiasts, high-school students from Coriz’s Santa Fe Early...
Jim Pugh, collision center director at Ed Bozarth in Aurora, doubled sales volume at the shop in five years.
Denver—In the five years since Jim Pugh took over as collision center director at Ed Bozarth Chevrolet in Aurora, the facility has doubled its monthly sales volume, going from $200,000 to $400,000. And while Pugh is proud of those numbers, he’s already looking ahead for training and partnerships...
Pickens Technical College is proud to announce Elmer Hernandez as SkillsUSA National Refinishing Champion for 2018. As a high school senior, he competed against 13 contestants in Colorado’s State Competition, Elmer placed first. This win led to Elmer competing in the National SkillsUSA Refinishing...
Denver—The Colorado Automobile Dealers Association (CADA), released its newly formatted and redesigned “Colorado Auto Outlook” reports that Colorado new car and light truck registrations, year to date (YTD), declined 3.3 percent versus a year earlier. That compares to a 1.2 percent increase...
An instructor at the new Falcon Academy mentors a student in training.
ASA-CO will host its “Managing Shop Workflow” training seminar at Western Community College in Grand Junction on Oct. 16-17, from 6–9:30 p.m. The seminar will explore industry best practices related to technician efficiency, communication and quality control and be instructed by Greg Marchand....
Luis Garcia (left), Boulder Tire manager and Bill Bender, owner of Independent Motors and Boulder Tire, are prepared for increased business after acquiring Tires Inc.’s customer base in August.
Boulder, Colo.—A simple opportunity to acquire some good, used tire equipment from a neighboring shop closing its doors turned into something much larger for Bill Bender, owner of Boulder Tire and Independent Motors, this fall after a visit with Nick Hardy, the previous owner of Tires Inc. Bender’s...
As Jack’s Alignment approaches its 69th year, Jack Humphrey continues to invest in tools and training. The shop averages 20-45 alignments per day depending on the season.
Colorado Springs, Colo.—Nobody could argue that the $20,000 Jack Humphrey’s father invested in building a four-bay alignment shop in his backyard in 1971 wasn’t a good idea. The building and the business have become staples in the Colorado Springs community, and Jack’s Alignment Service will enter...
From left: Justin Arnold, Joe Brenner, and David Morrison say Eurocars Collision Center is striving to become the brand that consumers will recognize as the place they can leave their $140,000 car and know it’s being restored to pre-loss condition.
Colorado Springs, Colo.—Eurocars Collision Center doesn’t feel like a collision shop and it wasn’t designed to. Much like the high-end, luxury foreign import vehicles that make up its main clientele base, everything from the waiting area to the tools, equipment and technicians are meant to project...

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Parts & People is published monthly by Automotive Counseling and Publishing Company, Inc., a Colorado corporation, P.O. Box 18731 Denver, CO 80203, 303-765-4664. President-Lance Buchner. Founded by Lance Buchner and Dave Lucia.