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Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. – With same-store sales increases in 30 of the past 31 months, and 194 of its locations in the United States each producing $1 million or more in annual sales last year, it seems Midas does have the golden touch.   The growth spurt by the brand, which has opened 27...
NADA Chief Economist Steven Szakaly
Las Vegas - New-vehicle sales for cars and light trucks are on pace to reach the National Automobile Dealers Association's forecast of 17.7 million vehicles this year. “We are closing out a strong first quarter,” said NADA Chief Economist Steven Szakaly at a press briefing during the recent NADA...
Mike Betts
Federated Auto Parts honored top suppliers during its annual Federated National Meeting in Phoenix in April. In addition to the top honor of outstanding vendor of the year, five Federated supplier partners were presented with awards for outstanding vendor support in key categories important to the...
North Richland Hills, Texas – The complete conference program, including session and training details for NACE and CARS, has been released for this year’s event, Aug. 9 - 13 in Anaheim, Calif. The program features new developments, including the introduction of heavy duty programming, expanded...
John Hotchkis Jr., founder of Hotchkis Sport Suspension, says the most enjoyable aspect of his business is product development.
Santa Fe Springs, Calif.—Six years ago Rob Byrd and his wife bought a brand-new Camaro. It wasn’t long before they were invited to bring their new car to Hotchkis Sport Suspension’s “track day” — an opportunity for enthusiasts to experience the road-handling improvements Hotchkis suspension...
From (l) Byron Frantz (VP Wholesale Product Management at NAPA), Dave Carroll (President, Americas at Gates), Jack Ramsey (Senior Vice President at Gates, Automotive Aftermarket), Scott Howat (Director of Sales & Marketing at Gates), Mike Gordon (General Manager at Gates), Scott LaProhon (Executive VP Merchandising/Product Strategy at NAPA)
NATIONAL Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. is a gold sponsor for Meals on Wheels America’s 14th Annual March for Meals – a month-long celebration of Meals on Wheels designed to rally communities nationwide around vulnerable seniors who rely on the vital safety net to remain healthier and independent in their...
Maple Shade, N.J. - Holman Automotive, Maple Shade, New Jersey, will acquire Kuni Automotive, Vancouver, Wash., in a deal that creates one of the largest privately owned dealer networks in the country, and plans to ensure a long future for a major charitable foundation. The acquisition, expected to...
Cindy Frasca
National Kukui Corp.,a developer of marketing software solutions for automotive repair shops, has appointed Cindy Frasca chief operating officer. Frasca, one of Kukui’s earliest employees, previously served as director of operations. She will manage day-to-day operations and oversee financial and...
A panel of education and auto industry experts gathered for an “Educator Think Tank” session last month and discussed ideas and possible initiatives to help build a clearer path of communication between automotive educators and the industry they serve.
Overland Park, Kan.—Education and auto industry experts gathered for an “Educator Think Tank” session during a regional hi-tech training expo last month. Topic of discussion from the 2016 Vision Exchange panelists: An conversation of ideas and possible initiatives to help build a clearer path of...
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Copyright Office should protect consumer choice by allowing the independent aftermarket greater access to software-enabled components and parts, say the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) and the Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association (MERA),...

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