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Dave Higgs (left) and Greg Feigel are seeing an increasing number of Open Shop assignments through CCC Information Services.
Boise, Idaho—Dave Higgs said that working with a handful of other shop owners about six years ago to revitalize the Idaho Autobody Craftsman Association, which had been dormant for nearly a decade, has had a positive impact on his business, Franklin Auto Body. “It’s important to get shops together...
SeaTac, Wash.—The Automotive Training Expo (ATE) returns to the DoubleTree Hotel adjacent to SeaTac International Airport for its 2019 event, March 22-24. “The ATE Education Committee, headed up by Butch Jobst, AMAM, and Kandie Jennings-Molloy, AAM, did an exceptional job in putting together the 60...
Lakewood, Wash.—ASA Northwest has announced that its Independent Technicians Automotive Committee (ITAC) apprenticeship program was approved Oct. 18 by the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council (WSATC), a division of Labor & Industries (L&I). “We were thrilled to have our...
This 1940 Ford pickup built in Oregon City was a top pick for a custom build at SEMA 2018
ALASKA      Sand Lake Automotive is a finalist in the Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific Region Torch Awards for 2018. Owned by Tim Mason, the Anchorage shop is one of 100 businesses of all types in seven states that are competing in the BBB’s most prestigious award for ethics in business....
ASE-certified Master Technician John Bradley enters data on the tablet version of the Repair Shop Solutions digital inspection system now in use at Tom’s Automotive Repair in Seattle.
While digital inspections have been widely used by the collision repair industry for some time, the mechanical segment has adopted the process more recently. From perspectives obtained from repair shops in the region, it appears that the systems being used are efficient and well liked by customers...
Dec. 1 * Toys for Joy Santa Cruise, Stayton Fire Station, Stayton, Ore. Visit www.stros.biz. Dec. 2 * 17th annual Jingle Bell Cruz/Toys 4 Tots Drive, Triple X Drive-In, Issaquah, Wash. Call 425-766-3514. Dec. 8 * Angels on Wheels Toy Run, hosted by the Portland Roadster Show, start at Portland...
Nov. 3 * LeMay Annual Benefit Dinner & Dance, Marymount Event Center, Tacoma. Visit www.lemaymarymount.org. Nov. 3-4 * Bremerton Auto Swap Meet, Kitsap County Fairgrounds, Bremerton, Wash. Visit www.ovac.us. Nov. 8-11 * Seattle International Auto Show, CenturyLink Field Event Center, Seattle....
The Subaru Rally Team USA of Patrik Sandell and Per Almquist won by 24 seconds after two days of competition.
People & Places          compiled by Jerold B. Smith   Wesco Group has announced that Color Compass Corporation has joined the Wesco family of companies. Color Compass, a PBE distributor in Western Canada, which includes the businesses of White & Peters, Chase, Rocky Mountain, Carlson and...
Nick Staub, on the mezzanine level of Romaine Electric warehouse where new products are stored, says China tariffs could pose “serious problems” in the near future.
Kent, Wash.—Nick Staub has been in the electrical remanufacturing market for 36 years, and as president and CEO of Romaine Electric he said he has witnessed major changes in the electrical products industry over the years. With 12 locations in five states, Romaine is one of a handful of medium to...
Richie del Puerto instructs Automotive Technology at Sno-Isle TECH and serves as a liaison with other instructors and industry partners.
Everett, Wash.—An informal group of veteran automotive instructors is using their experience and insights to drive important educational issues home to today’s trainers. For the past 17 years, Richie del Puerto has been the automotive instructor at Sno-Isle TECH, a fixture in South Everett for...

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