National People & Places - October 2015


The Auto Care Association has launched its interactive Industry Job Board on, promoting career opportunities in the auto care industry to college students and recent graduates, military veterans and technical schools. The Industry Job Board offers the industry at large an easy-to-use and targeted resource for online employment connections. “We’re very excited about the industry job board because we know how critical it is for employers in the auto care industry to attract first-rate talent with a minimum expenditure of time and resources,” said Kathleen Schmatz, president and CEO, Auto Care Association. “The auto care industry is constantly looking for talented and energetic individuals to join our team. The Industry Job Board provides a platform to put these new jobseekers and companies together.”

A PPG-painted 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air Bubbletop was named the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Cup Ultimate Best of Show winner, Aug. 8, at Circus Circus in Reno, Nev. The award was presented during the final evening of the three-day Barrett-Jackson Reno Tahoe collector car auction. The car is owned by Randy and Lisa Wilcox and was built by Andy Leach at CAL Automotive Creations in Bennington, Neb. The Chevy’s silver finish was applied by Charley Hutton of Charley Hutton’s Color Studio in Nampa, Idaho, using PPG Automotive Refinish products exclusively.

AAPEX will host the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) Fall 2015 General Meeting that will feature a session on “SAE J2534-1 v5.00: The Benefits for OEMs, Technicians and Tool Makers.” The NASTF meeting will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., in Casanova Room 504 at the Venetian, with the J2534 session starting at 2:15 p.m. Kurt Immekus, service publications specialist for Volkswagen of America, and Greg Potter, executive manager of the Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI), will present the J2534 session.

Affinia Group announced it has entered into a definitive merger agreement and will be sold to MANN+HUMMEL, based in Ludwigsburg, Germany, which is a privately held global filtration expert offering filtration solutions to original equipment and aftermarket customers in both the automotive and industrial sectors. “Our agreement with MANN+HUMMEL continues us along a path that has guided us for 75 years – a commitment to innovative solutions and high-quality filtration products,” said Keith Wilson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Affinia Group. “We are excited to align our technologies and capabilities to provide our customers, employees and partners with unparalleled excellence and opportunity.”

Motorcar Parts of America announced it received Advance Auto Parts’ Vendor of the Year Award at the automotive retailer’s recent 2015 leadership conference. “Superior product management and customer service are fundamental commitments throughout our company. We are gratified to be recognized by Advance Auto Parts for our entire Street Smart Suite of services that distinguish MPAA as an industry leader and we look forward to continued mutual success,” said Selwyn Joffe, chairman, president and CEO.

The Tire Industry Association (TIA) announced that Pete Selleck, chairman and president, Michelin North America, Inc., will be a special guest and giving the keynote address at this year’s Tire Industry Honors Awards Ceremony on Monday, November 2, in Las Vegas. “The Tire Industry Honors is always a highlight of industry week in Las Vegas and having Mr. Selleck as our keynote speaker is truly an honor for TIA and for the industry,” said TIA Executive Vice President Roy Littlefield. Selleck is responsible for coordinating all activities of Michelin in North America.

After a record year in 2014 for sales, growth and industry performance, CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts announced it finished the first half of 2015 with revenue of $386.2 million, which puts it on track to outpace its performance in 2014. This year, CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts is seeing year-to-date same store sales increases for the U.S. of 8.3 percent. That leads the collision repair industry among all other companies, which deliver an average of 4-percent increases in same store sales, CARSTAR officials said.

The North American Tire & Retread Expo will be April 19-21, 2016, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Visit for more information.

Schaeffler Group USA Inc. announced the release of the 2015-16 edition of the LuK RepSet clutch catalog. The 2015-16 updated edition of the LuK catalog is a resource for automotive distributors and service repair professionals. “We view the catalog as an important tool, not only to build sales and introduce new part numbers, but to reduce unnecessary returns and bay time by providing information the consumer needs to do the job right,” said Tony Williams, product manager for the Schaeffler Group USA.  “Our tech line is continually monitored to identify helpful application information for inclusion in future catalogs, diagnostic materials, and training curriculums to ensure customer satisfaction.”

BBB Industries was recently recognized as the vendor of the year at the annual Advance Auto Parts vendor conference in Pinehurst, N.C. “We are very proud of the recognition we received from Advance Auto Parts, and we look forward to continuing to find ways to lead our industry by defining new standards of quality and customer service,” said Trey Smart, executive vice president. In addition to products, BBB Industries provides Advance Auto Parts with technical service, customer service, sales support and category management.

Aries Automotive, a marketer and innovator of truck, jeep, SUV and CUV accessories, has enhanced its online presence with a new website, refined its vehicle application data to make it easier to find the right parts, and upgraded the look of its catalogs. Aries has also added extensive photo, video and content resources, all of which will be represented by its new logo and branding. “This is an exciting step for us and one we are eager to share with our customers,” said Aries Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Joe Thompson. “It is a reflection of where we are going as a company and of our customers’ future success.”

Multi Parts Supply has changed its name, shortening it to Multi Parts. It is a developer and manufacturer of aftermarket auto parts for full line co-manufacturers and their leading global brands. Coinciding with the name change is the launch of 3.0. “We are not a distributor. To some, that’s what the word ‘supply’ implied,” said President Brian Cohn.  Additionally, Multi Parts has the dual capacity to provide customers concept to completion research, development, engineering and manufacturing of exclusive and proprietary custom parts and programs. “The word ‘supply’ ran counter to the one-two punch of existing products and exclusive, custom products we offer full line co-manufacturers and their global brands. It did not do justice to our core competencies: R&D, engineering, manufacturing, product and program development,” Cohn added.

The Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG) of the Auto Care Association is hosting the second annual Young Professionals Program at AAPEX, Wednesday, Nov. 4, in Las Vegas. Professionals in the auto care industry under the age of 40 are encouraged to attend. The program will include the YANG Town Hall featuring an executive panel from all channels of the auto care industry. The Parts House, 3:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m. at The Venetian Hotel, Marco Polo Rooms 805-807. The panel will discuss issues that are facing industry leaders and young auto care professionals. Directly following, attendees are invited to attend the YANG-sponsored happy hour, 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m., at LAVO in the Palazzo.

Mitchell International announced a partnership with Veterans2Work, an organization that helps returning veterans launch careers in the growth economy. As an employer partner, Mitchell International provides a supportive environment for veterans’ initial workplace experiences following service and offers a path to be hired as full-time employees. The 16-week Cloud Computing Career Launch program is provided free of charge to qualified veterans. Veterans are selected for their aptitude and desire to succeed, with no prior experience necessary. Veterans2Work provides basic business training, formal classroom instruction, individualized mentoring and coaching, job shadowing, placement support and other wrap-around services.

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