Northern California

NGK hosted a grand opening of its NGK/NTK Venture Lab facility in Silicon Valley.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA NGK Spark Plug Co., Ltd. hosted a grand opening for its Venture Lab, a technical exhibition and collaboration space dedicated to the creation of new business opportunities through open innovation, in Silicon Valley. Officially launched in April of 2018, the Venture Lab...
Before his engineering career, Frank Barnard worked on vehicles such as Lucille Ball’s 1962 Dual Ghia, Eva Braun’s 1938 Mercedes 540K and Clark Gable’s 1935 Duesenberg.
Fremont, Calif.—As a former engineer who worked for several high-tech companies in Silicon Valley for many years, General Manager Frank Barnard of Almost Everything Auto Body and Paint in Fremont, Calif., left the crazy world of startups to enter collision repair.With an expansive menu of services...
At their June leadership meeting, the CAWA Board of Directors elected Young Suhr, Jr. of APW Knox-Seeman Warehouse as their 2020 Secretary to the Board of Directors. After joining the family business in 2008, Mr. Suhr sees everyday as an opportunity to grow APW and the industry itself.  He also...
SONOMA, Calif. (June 27, 2019) — Charitable programs combined to raise more than $269,009 for local youth groups during the 31st annual Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekend at Sonoma Raceway, June 21-23. The majority of the proceeds raised during race weekend will benefit...
CTDA introduced it new board members.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA The California Tire Dealers Association (CTDA) introduced its new board of directors at a recent meeting. Billy Eordekian, president of 1-800EveryRim-OEM Wheels will serve as the CTDA President, and Chris Barry of the Independent Tire Dealer Group (ITDG) becomes the association’...
Parts Manager Brian Bare rotates counter people out into the field so that they can shake hands and visit shop customers.
Vallejo, Calif.— By intently concentrating on providing the right parts for its busy Toyota Express Maintenance (TXM) system, Toyota of Vallejo’s Parts Manager Brian Bare is able to keep everything moving along at a rapid pace. To provide factory-scheduled service quickly and accommodate as many as...
The crew at Pleasant Hill Collision Repair repairs 50-60 vehicles every month out of a 6,500-square-foot facility.
Pleasant Hill, Calif.—By pursuing certified aluminum repair and working on any vehicle that comes through the doors without exception, Aaron Silva at Pleasant Hill Collision Repair stays busy. Repairing 50-60 vehicles every month out of a 6,500-square-foot facility employing a crew of eight, Silva...
Northern California passenger car sales fell 3.9 percent, while light truck sales are down 5.1 percent.
Sacramento, Calif.—The California new vehicle market is off to a solid start for 2019. While the market experiences a mild decline, new vehicle registrations are trending to exceed 1.9 million sales in 2019. According to the California Auto Outlook First Quarter 2019, market share for non-luxury...
CAWA Chair of the Board, Dan Hanson, Jr. of Hanson Distributing Company, has appointed Jerit Daley of Raybestos Brakes to the Association’s Manufacturers Advisory Council. When Chair Hanson announced the appointment he commented: “Jerit is a young professional in our industry and I know he will add...
SONOMA, Calif. (June 6, 2019) – Stock car racing in Sonoma dates back to June of 1969, just months after the raceway opened for business. Sonoma Raceway will celebrate 50 years of racing in wine country during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event, June 21-23, including a...

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