Northern California People & Places - July 2018
The City of Sacramento has outfitted its auto fleet of Chevy Bolts the world’s first digital license plate, Rplate Pro’s, by Reviver Auto. The city has installed 24 of the plates so far and will be installing another 11 when it receives more of the vehicles. Mayor Darrell Steinberg said the installation of digital plates is another step in the city’s evolution into a testing ground for clean vehicle technologies. The digital plates allow the city to oversee the movements and mileage of electric vehicles. The plates will also issue a signal if they are stolen. The Bolts are being used in city departments including Public Works, Utilities and Community Development.
CAWA has announced the recipients of its 2018 scholarship awards. CAWA provided $12,750 in scholarships this year to fifteen individuals of which 10 students also received a $500 Powerbuilt certificate provided by All Trade Tools. The following Northern California students, and one Reno, Nev., student, received scholarships: Alec Jobbins – University of California - Berkeley; Erik Rodriguez – California State University - Chico; Amanda McCullar – Solano Community College, and Torry Tegio – Truckee Meadows Community College.
Cardone Industries and partner Swag Custom Rides have announced the tour schedule for the fully restored and reimagined ’66 Chevy Chevelle. It will appear at Hot August Nights, Aug. 7-12, in Reno, Nev. The classic hot rod, known as “Mystique,” is the first “eco-friendly muscle car” that runs on either E-85 ethanol or gas with the flip of a switch. The two organizations will tour the Chevelle across the nation to showcase the high-tech features of the car, sleek interior and exterior design, as well as give auto enthusiasts the chance to enter Cardone’s Hot Rod Giveaway sweepstakes.
U.S. AutoForce (USAF) has acquired Tire’s Warehouse Inc. (TWI). “Their expansion up and down the West Coast is impressive, and their reputation for outstanding customer service and strong company culture falls directly in line with both our business strategy and values. We’re confident this venture will give our customers an even bigger competitive edge,” said Pat Hietpas, president of U.S. AutoForce.
Valspar Automotive will continue to offer refinishers I-Car certified training this summer at its center located in Sacramento. All training curriculum covers not only hands-on application and classroom learning for water and solvent technologies, but also color theory. They include the following: Prospray Finishes LV System, July 24-25; [Spanish] Prospray Finishes LV System, July 26-27; Matrix C2C Coast 2 Coast Intermix Color System, Aug 28-29; and [Spanish] Matrix C2C Coast 2 Coast Intermix Color System, Aug 30-31. “We show them how the latest products and systems work, and how implementing process impacts and benefits quality, output, productivity and profitability,” said Valspar Automotive’s Technical Director Gary Kilby.
The ASCCA Revenue and Benefits Committee has announced it has selected Motul as ASCCA’s June Partner of the Month. Motul has been a Corporate Partner since 2017. They are a French company specializing in the formulation, production, and distribution of high-tech engine lubricants. Nick Bagley, who was recently promoted to national sales manager for Motul, said, “As a lubricant specialist and a premium oil brand that is largely known in the European and Japanese car communities, being associated with ASCCA has given us the opportunity to build our brand awareness with the general repair garages that work on all types of vehicles, especially domestic brands.”