Northwest

Ryan Mathews says sales have doubled the past five years since he bought the business from his father.
Kennewick, Wash.—Second-generation shop owner Ryan Mathews has increased use of technology in the five years since he bought Mathews Auto Body from his father.“Every tech now has CCC ONE right in front of them on a large computer screen,” he said. “Every vehicle has a sheet of paper on the window...
The small town of Libby is the site of Ignite the Nights, a three-day automotive event celebrating its 56th year.
IDAHO The 33rd annual Lewiston Hot August Nights (LHAN) is set for Aug. 22-24, in downtown Lewiston. This event features cruises, judged classic car shows, vendors, music, art, and more. The largest auto gathering in the region, LHAN draws hundreds of cars from across the West. For details, visit...
Members and supporters of the Sno-King North Chapter of ASA-NW donate a refurbished GMC mobility van to a disabled veteran.
Seattle—When Candy Johns, co-owner of Suburb Service in Lake Forest Park, was contacted by Mike Flood of the Seattle Seahawks about a woman in need, Johns, her husband and business partner, Howard Musolf, along with numerous members of the Sno-King North Chapter of ASA Northwest, began a project...
Fleet Manager Ron Kahler stands before one of the Vactor rigs his staff maintains for sewer and basin work.
Renton, Wash.—With a fleet of 668 vehicles to service and repair, Ron Kahler said his staff are kept busy each workday at the Fleet Maintenance Services Division of the city of Renton’s Public Works Department.In addition to Kahler, the staff includes seven technicians, two of them certified as an...
Jeff Lovell (left), AMAM, and Dave Burnett, AAM, ASA-NW membership specialist, with Jennifer Filzen prior to her AMI-approved seminar at the ASA-NW retreat.
Suquamish, Wash.—The Clearwater Resort Casino situated on the shores of Agate Passage was the site for the Semi-Annual Retreat & Management Conference of ASA Northwest (ASA-NW) in late June.A golf outing at White Horse Golf Course was stage Thursday, followed by a board meeting and evening...
Neal Hollingsworth (left) and Carl Schmidt work with all departments at RANDYS Worldwide to ensure products are well engineered, tested, and properly assembled for global customers.
Everett, Wash.—From humble beginnings in Sacramento, Calif., as Randy’s Ring & Pinion, today the company known as RANDYS Worldwide provides differential gears, axles, driveshafts, transmissions, transfer cases, ring and pinions, and a diversity of related products throughout the North America...
DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (July 16, 2019) -- SEMA’s search for young vehicle builders moves to the Pacific Northwest, as the SEMA Young Guns Regional Program joins Formula Drift at Evergreen Speedway on July 20, 2019. The stop marks the fifth in a nine-city tour where top young vehicle builders (age 27...
The wholesale parts phone room staff at Landmark Ford received the Ford Million Dollar Club award. They include (from left)  Marlin McCombs, Ryan Jeffers, Jim Stevens (presenting award), Shayne Bishop, Dave Russell, Kevin Henrikson, Jon Ortega, and Dan Gahan.
IDAHO      Fix Auto USA has announced the opening of its first member collision shops in the state, Fix Auto Coeur d’Alene and Fix Auto Post Falls. “Entering Idaho represents an exciting new frontier for our brand,” said Paul Gange, Fix Auto USA CEO. Operated by franchise partner David Tuttle, the...
Jason Altman, owner of General Automotive Supply, says dozens of DELO pallets are sold each month.
Lake Oswego, Ore.—From an urban setting near downtown Portland, General Automotive Supply Co. relocated to a quiet residential/commercial neighborhood in 2015 and has continued healthy growth, even though the company is some distance from its longtime location. Founded in 1946 by Benjamin and...
The Mountlake Terrace, Wash., training center is also the BASF training center for Washington state.
Lynnwood, Wash.—As part of its commitment to being a partner in its customers’ success, Wesco has understood from the start how vital training is in operational improvement, said Jay White, operations manager. So it provides a number of options, including in-shop training, partnering with career...

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