Northern California

The Foreign Parts Specialties (FPS) crew from Sacramento, Calif., met with oil supplier Total Specialties at the Recent AAPEX show.  Pictured, from l., are FPS Purchaser Justin Wilgus, Total’s West Coast District Sales Manager Ryan Maas, Nick Lettini, owner of Frank’s Automotive in Sacramento; his brother Ray Lettini, owner of FPS; and Total’s West Coast Distribution Manager Herve Blanquart.
SEMA attendance was reported to be more than 100,000 this year and occupied one million net square feet.
CAWA President and CEO Rodney Pierini provided welcoming remarks.
Las Vegas—The CAWA annual dinner meeting, held in conjunction with Industry Week in Las Vegas, raised money (amount undetermined as of press time) for CAWA’s Memorial Scholarship Fund. The event was sponsored by Motorcar Parts of America and 125 people attended The keynote speaker of the evening...
SONOMA, Calif. (Nov. 23, 2015) – Sonoma Raceway is at full speed this holiday season, distributing more than 4,600 pounds of non-perishable food to Friends in Sonoma Helping (FISH) and victims of the Valley Fire in Lake County through the Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) following the raceway's 15th...
SONOMA, Calif. (Nov. 18, 2015) — Fifty-five Sonoma County non-profit organizations will benefit from nearly $380,000 in grants that were recently awarded by the Sonoma chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC), the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway. In total, $379,357 was distributed to youth-...
San Jose, Calif.—Jeff Ryan’s opening of a third location for Michael J’s Collision Centers this fall doesn’t mean you’re more likely to find him behind a desk rather than in a shop production area. “I work 12 to 16 hours a day, Monday through Friday, but I usually spend 95 percent of that time out...
San Jose, Calif.—The recently formed Certified Collision Group (CCG) announced the launch of its 1stCERTIFIED brand platform with 17 independent collision repair centers.  The initial independently owned and operated affiliates are Blake’s Auto Body, LC Automotive Group and Pan American Collision....
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA Motorcar Parts of America (MPA) is the exclusive sponsor of the 2015 CAWA Annual Dinner Meeting at Caesars, in Las Vegas, Nov. 1. All proceeds from the event go to CAWA’s scholarship program. Contact Rodney Pierini at admin@cawa.org or 800-332-2292, ext. 1, for more CAWA Annual...
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),...

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