Northern California

Sacramento, Calif.—For the first time in years, the automotive service technology program at American River College (ARC) has more jobs available for its graduates than it has students trained to take those jobs. John McCormack and Ben French, who co-chair the program, said their situation...
Sacramento, Calif.—Rick Norton, owner of Precision Automotive Service, said being an ACDelco Professional Service Center, a NAPA Autocare Center and in the Factory Motor Parts Partners Network offers several benefits, from parts to value-added services. “Our first call is Factory Motor Parts,” he...
A recent Experian analysis of the automotive market found that the top 10 states accounted for nearly 60 percent of all new vehicle registrations during the second quarter of 2015, led by California at 12.6 percent. The remainder of the top 10 included Texas (9.9 percent), Florida (7.9 percent),...
(Sacramento, CA. - October 22, 2015)   CAWA, a regional automotive trade association, today announced that Charles Tyson, EVP Merchandising, Marketing , Supply Chain of Advance Auto Parts will keynote their 2015 Gala Dinner to "kick -off" Industry Week in Las Vegas next month. The gala will be held...
Portland, Ore.—Business continues to grow for Tonkin Parts Center, and with that comes challenges, such as accommodating the more than 2,000 phone orders coming into its call center and maintaining high standards for quality and service. The solution was to bring e-commerce to its parts ordering...
Sacramento, Calif.—The California New Car Dealers Association (CNCDA) reported impressive gains in California’s new vehicle market.  Nearly 533,000 new vehicles were registered during the second quarter of 2015 with light truck sales boasting a 19-percent increase over the same time last year.  “...
Burlingame, Calif.—When the owner of Tires Import/ European Motorsports, Michael Yee, started his business on tax day, 1988, he said it was strictly a tire shop, buying from seven tire warehouses. But today, only 9 percent of his business comes from tires, and he has no problem with that. “I grew...
Campbell, Calif.—Cupertino Body Shop had only a brief tenure in the town it is named after, but has a long history in Campbell, where the business has been located for more than 40 years. “My dad started the business in Cupertino in 1968, but about six months later moved it to Campbell,” explained...
NEVADA Dura-Bond, based in Carson City, announced the addition of Andre Moser as general sales manager. Recently he had been working as director of sales for the P-3 aviation specialty developing new products, writing technical manuals, and supervising domestic and international customer service....
Oxnard, Calif.—Mark D’Angelo, vice president of D’Angelo’s Paint, said his grandfather, Arthur D’Angelo Sr., founder of the company, began his career as a 3M sales representative. “But his desire was to pursue the American Dream of owning his own business,” he said. “So he purchased Acme Paint...

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