National People & Places - November 2017
Icahn Enterprises L.P. announced it has acquired American Driveline Systems (ADS) from Transom Capital Group. ADS is the franchisor of AAMCO and Cottman Transmission & Total Auto Care service centers, with approximately 680 locations in the U.S. and Canada. With the addition of ADS, Icahn Automotive operates approximately 1,900 owned and franchised service locations in 49 states plus Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and several other international locations.
Jasper Engines and Transmissions announced that Jason Hulsman has been named advertising division manager. Hulsman is a 17-year Jasper associate and has spent the last nine years in the advertising division. “My job is to ensure the marketplace understands who we are, the features and benefits our products carry, and the high-level of quality and service our Associate-Owners provide,” he said. Hulsman succeeds Mike Pfau, who has been with the advertising division since he started his Jasper career in 1977. He will remain with the division until his retirement in January.
The Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association (APRA) will be co-locating its International Big R Show with NACE Automechanika in 2018 and subsequent years. The first co-located event will be Aug. 8-10, 2018, in Atlanta. “As we make progress in planning for NACE Automechanika 2018, our main objective continues to be uniting the industry through our commitment to training. We are pleased that beginning with our Atlanta event next year, remanufacturing will be an area of focus going forward,” said Dennis Smith, president and cEO, Messe Frankfurt North America.
Remy Power Products has expanded its social media program with a new Facebook page and Twitter feed to support its recently introduced brand marketing campaign, “Quality Starts Here,” for its line of premium quality new and remanufactured starters and alternators. To follow Remy on Facebook and Twitter, visit www.facebook.com/remyautomotive and www.twitter.com/remyautomotive.
Arnott Air Suspension Products announced it has launched an enhanced automotive products website designed to function on any device the customer uses. The new website — www.arnottinc.com — now features the ability to search by year, make, model, and sub-model. In addition, the new website incorporates advanced security to protect customer orders.
The recent 2017 Technology Conference, hosted by AASA, opened with a tribute to communities impacted by the recent hurricanes in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico. AASA announced it would make a special donation to the Aftermarket Charitable Foundation in addition to its annual support to assist aftermarket businesses and employees in the impacted areas and urged members to support the foundation’s efforts. More than 200 automotive aftermarket professionals attended the 2017 conference, setting new attendance record.
MERA - The Remanufacturing Association announced that seven companies recently joined the Manufactured Again Certification program. They include Arnott Industries, BBB Industries, Brake Parts Inc., Cummins, Detroit Reman, DIPACO/DTech and Haldex Brake Products. To qualify, remanufacturers must provide evidence of a third-party audit that certifies their manufacturing processes to one of the program’s accepted quality management systems standards, including ISO 9001 and IATF 16949. Twenty-one companies representing 50 remanufacturing facilities worldwide are now licensed under the program.
The Automotive Training Managers Council (ATMC) has announced the 2017 winners of its ATMC National Excellence in Training Awards, naming the submission by Motor Coach Industries as the grand award winner, with awards also going to a collaborative effort between General Motors and Raytheon Professional Services and to Bosch Automotive Service Solutions.
Women in Auto Care has announced the recipients of its Women of the Year Awards. Laura Soave, senior vice president, chief marketing and communications officer at Federal-Mogul Motorparts, has been chosen as the 14th annual Auto Care Woman of the Year. Carolyn Coquillette, owner and master technician of Luscious Garage, has been named 2017 Female Shop Owner of the Year, and Jill Trotta, director of the automotive group at RepairPal has been named 2017 Auto Care Woman of Excellence.
Bar’s Products has purchased Seattle-based Hy-Per Lube Corporation. Hy-Per Lube products complement the Rislone automotive performance chemical catalog and the Bar’s Leaks stop-leak product line. Hy-Per Lube is a strategic fit for Bar’s Products because of the brand’s reputation within the automotive industry, particularly among commercial technicians and the automotive trade market, the company said. The Hy-Per Lube brand will continue under the management of Bar’s Products.
The National Auto Body Council has announced the launch of its revamped website, www.NationalAutoBodyCouncil.org, designed to provide members and visitors with additional functionality, easier navigation to sign up and find resources to implement NABC’s life-changing and life-saving community service programs.
Global Finishing Solutions (GFS) has announced the promotion of Mick Ramis to the role of vice president of automotive refinish sales. James Faragher, president of GFS, saaid, “Mick’s leadership and business acumen has created significant value in the short time he has been with our company. We are confident that his leadership of our refinish business will result in strengthening our position in the market by creating value that will benefit our partners and customers.”
Steve McDonald, a member of the SEMA executive team, passed away unexpectedly on September 26. He was 56. As vice president of Government Affairs for SEMA, McDonald was the chief association advocate on legislative and regulatory issues that impact the $41.2 billion specialty automotive industry. Over the past 20 years, he played a primary role in promoting and expanding SEMA’s government affairs missions at both state and federal levels.
McDonald helped create the SEMA Action Network (SAN), with outreach to auto enthusiasts nationwide, along with the State Automotive Enthusiasts Leadership Caucus, a nonpartisan group of more than 700 lawmakers who share a common love for automobiles. He also drafted model state legislation covering issues such as vehicle titling/registration, exhaust noise, inoperable vehicles, altered height and nitrous oxide. Most recently, he played a key role in passage of the federal replica car law and industry efforts to enact the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Living Beyond Breast Cancer (www.LBBC.org), 40 Monument Rd., Suite 104, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.