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LYNNWOOD, WA – January 1st, 2018 – The Wesco Group Inc. announced today it completed the merger of the KC Auto Paint family of companies into the Wesco Group Inc. KC Auto Paints opened its first store in Spokane WA, in 1978 under the leadership of Bob Cross, the KC family of companies has since...
Norm Chapman was honored as the top automotive instructor by ASE and NATEF.
MONTANA Forty-seven automotive professionals were recognized Nov. 15, at the Fall Board of Governors meeting of ASE, including Steven Neiffer of Bergren Transmission & Auto Care in Havre. He was named the TECHNET Professional/ASE Master Technician of the Year during the awards banquet at the...
Jan. 22-25 * Heavy-Duty Aftermarket Week 2018, The Mirage, Las Vegas. Visit www.hdaw.org. Jan. 25-28 * Semi-annual Retreat & Management Conference, ASA Northwest Icicle Village Resort, Leavenworth, Wash. Visit www.asanorthwest.com, or call 253-473-6970. Jan. 25-28 * Portland International Auto...
Jeff Lovell of ASA Northwest says ATE will likely sell out by February.
Record attendance and enthusiasm at AAPEX and SEMA and the projections by the Auto Care Association that the auto care industry will reach $381 billion in value at the end of 2017 are indicators this past year was a healthy one for the repair and service industry. And the association, in its 55-...
Walt Commans, ASE Education Foundation manager, talks about shops participating in college automotive department advisory committees, intern and apprenticeships, and mentoring.
Orange, Calif.—It takes a village to build an aftermarket career. Walt Commans, ASE Education Foundation manager and Western states liaison between independent repair shop owners and community colleges, recently held a roundtable and working lunch at Karco Specialties, in Orange, that brought...
Adam Robertson instructs class at ATE
SeaTac, Wash.—There are 20 scholarships available to attend the Automotive Training Expo (ATE), March 16-18, at the DoubleTree Hotel near the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Scholarship applications can be accessed on the ATE website (www.atetrainingexpo.com) under the “Training” page....
Maximum Performance Owners Glen Smith and Byron Parkinson flank Service Adviser Greg Bronson, who say everyone at the shop is involved in some level of motorsports, from drag racing to Jeeping to stock car racing.
Puyallup, Wash.—Founded by friends Glen Smith and Byron Parkinson in January 1994, Maximum Performance Inc. has grown and diversified in its 24 years, the pair said, adding that they were both “car tinkerers” in high school. Both partners attended Clover Park Technical College — Smith in Aviation...
Kraig Weninger says he’s proud of the quality work and service his family-run business offers its customers.
Portland, Ore.—Kraig Weninger said two of the tools getting increased use at his business, Si’s Auto Body, is the company’s AllData subscription and a Snap-on scanner. “Our goal is to go by the [vehicle] manufacturers’ recommendations,” Weninger said of the shop’s repair decisions. “With AllData,...
Barry Barrett from RLO Training instructs a class at ATE 2017.
SeaTac, Wash.—The 2018 Automotive Training Expo (ATE) returns to the DoubleTree Hotel across from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport for three days of intensive management and technical training classes. “It appears that 2018 will again provide our attendees the absolute finest training available...
Dan Wolff, certified with several conversion kit manufacturers, finishes the installation of an autogas conversion kit on a transit van.
Vancouver, Wash.—As technology has progressed over the past several years, conversions of gas- or diesel-powered vehicles to propane or autogas has become more viable. And the leading company in the Northwest for such conversions is Wolff Specialties LLC, said Dan and Penny Wolff, founders and...

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