August 2015 - Northwest People & Places


     Seekins Ford in Fairbanks has been honored by Ford Motor Co. and Blue Diamond Parts for purchasing more than $1 million in Power Stroke Diesel parts from Ford, the Ford powertrain distributor, and local Motorcraft FAD in 2014. “Once again a job very well done in Alaska for Seekins,” said Jim Stevens, Northwest sales manager for Blue Diamond Parts, Navistar Engine Corp./Ford Motor Co.

     Cal Worthington Ford in Anchorage has been honored for being one of only 50 of 3,000 Ford dealers nationwide to receive the 2014 Ford Power Stroke Diesel Parts Top 50 Volume & Growth Dealer Award, said Jim Stevens from Blue Diamond/Ford.



     The 22nd annual Kadel’s Auto Body Golf Classic, at Langdon Farms Golf Course in Aurora, raised $34,000 for Children’s Cancer Alliance (CCA). Through sponsors, donations, and the tournament itself, $30,000 was presented to attending CCA officials, plus Enterprise Rent-A-Car donated an additional $4,000. A variety of CCA programs assist children dealing with cancer in the greater Portland area.

     ABRA Body & Glass announced that it, and its principle owner, Hellman & Friedman LLC, have acquired the 23 Kadel’s Auto Body stores in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Kadel’s, an investment managed by KCB Private Equity of Pasadena, Calif., was founded in 1954 and is based in Tigard. Kadel’s President Don Braden said he embraces the acquisition by ABRA. “This is a great cultural fit and a tremendous opportunity for our employees. We’re pleased to align ourselves with such an established, well-respected national collision repair company like ABRA that shares the same culture of ethics, integrity, and teamwork,” he said. Based in Minneapolis, ABRA operates dozens of franchise stores in 22 states. The group had an existing footprint in Idaho with one store, plus 32 locations in Washington.

     Landmark Ford in Tigard and Northside Ford in Portland have been honored with the 2014 Ford Power Stroke Diesel Parts Top 50 Volume & Growth Dealer Award for outstanding diesel sales. Only 50 of 3,000 dealers nationwide qualified for the award. Landmark was also one of two Northwest Ford dealers to earn an award for being in the $1 Million Club based on diesel purchases.

     The Northwest Tire Dealers Association (NWTDA) has announced its annual golf event will be held Sept. 10, at a new venue, Colwood Golf Course in Portland. To register, contact Bill Dodak, golf tourney co-chair, at 503-889-0321.

     Modern-Artifacts, creators of industrial, three-dimensional sculptures, has announced the inclusion of three of its “Pop-Art” pieces in the new World of Speed Museum in Wilsonville. Hand-crafted in Portland, the sculptures have a labored patina of rust steel, bronze, and hand-formed neon, programmed LEDs, motorized elements, and audio components. Modern-Artifacts was commissioned to build two unique pieces: a tribute to Craig Breedlove’s Spirit of America land speed record holder that achieved 526.277 MPH in 1964, and an interactive robot called Ignito that illustrates to children how a four-cylinder engine operates. A third piece, celebrating 100 years of racing at Bonneville Salt Flats, is a Modern-Artifacts limited-edition series. For details, visit



     At the recent annual conference of CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts, held in San Diego, the Business Group of the Year Award was presented to CARSTAR Puget Sound Business Group, which represents 22 collision repair shops in the Puget Sound region.

     Automotive students at Peninsula College (PC) in Port Angeles have partnered with Clallam Transit to diagnose and recondition three Toyota Prius models used to shuttle drivers to and from their buses between shifts. An idea fostered by Mike Hansen, PC automotive instructor, the partnership allows students hybrid testing and the transit group low cost service. The automotive program has five hybrids, but Hansen said “it’s great to have vehicles that come in from the field that are being used (on a daily basis). We’re able to work on them and get them back out in the field.” Doug Lorentzen, a PC instructor who also works for Clallam Transit System, said “becoming familiar with modern electric drives is a must for today’s technicians.” PC’s automotive program features the latest in technology and test equipment for hybrid and electric drive system vehicles due to a major donation of equipment from Automotive Research & Design (AR&D), a local company that designs and builds test equipment used worldwide, provides SAE certifications for technicians and instructors, and is involved with battery systems design, testing, and research.

     Bickford Motors in Snohomish was a recipient for the 2014 Ford Power Stroke Diesel Parts Top 50 Volume & Growth Dealer Award. Horizon Ford in Seattle earned the Ford Commercial Parts highest honor – the 2014 All Makes Commercial Truck Parts Top 20 Volume & Growth Award. The elite award was presented to just 20 of 3,000 Ford dealers in the country.

     Valley Freightliner Inc. (VFI), based in Pacific, has announced the acquisition of Spokane-based Freedom Truck Centers (FTC), a leading Freightliner, Western Star, and Detroit Diesel sales and service provider in central and eastern Washington. “The Gordon family and the great team at VFI could not be a better fit for the employees, customers, and the communities that Freedom Truck Centers has served over the past 21 years,” said Ken Cook, Freedom owner and president. As part of the deal, VFI has purchased substantially all of the assets of Freedom Truck Centers, including the truck center facilities in Spokane and Yakima. FTC will operate as a division of VFI, which now offers five full-service Freightliner truck centers, including Olympia and Mount Vernon, making it the largest Freightliner and Detroit Diesel service, sales, and parts provider in the Northwest. “We are very excited to bring FTC into the Valley Freightliner network of heavy- and medium-duty truck dealerships,” said Alex Bernasconi, VFI general manager.

     ASA Northwest will stage two events in August, including its annual ASA Industry Golf Tourney, Aug. 12, at a new location in Dupont, Eagles Pride Golf Course, near Joint Base Lewis McChord. The golf outing draws industry professionals from throughout the region and sells out quickly each year. On Aug. 27, ASA Northwest members, friends, and families will again attend a Tacoma Rainiers baseball game for Family Fun Night at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma. The popular event draws more than 125 attendees each year to a private deck where a barbecue dinner and refreshments are served during the game. For details on both events, visit, or call 253-473-6970.

     A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held June 17, for the grand re-opening of Kay Parks Autobody in Tacoma, now owned by Nathan and Mellisa Mack. Kay Parks, who founded the business in the 1960s, as well as Dan and Sue Meyer, who purchased the business in 1984 and operated as Kay Parks Dan Meyer Auto Rebuild, were in attendance at the event. The collision repair shop is considered by industry experts as one of the top repair facilities in the Pacific Northwest.

     The Goodguys 14th annual Northwest Nationals is set for Aug. 14-16, at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center in Spokane. More than 1,500 rods, customs, classics, muscle cars, and truck through 1972 will be on hand at the three-day event that includes car shows, vendor displays, a major swap meet, cars for sale corral, live music, and more. For details and discount tickets, visit

     The 38th annual LeMay Car Show takes place at two locations of the Marymount Event Center in Tacoma, Aug 29. Home of the non-profit LeMay Family Collection Foundation, the Marymount is open six days a week to visitors for viewing of hundreds of cars and memorabilia collected by Harold and Nancy LeMay over decades. The annual one-day car show adds hundreds of other privately owned collector vehicles at outside displays, as well as a Lucky Collector Car Auction on Aug. 29 and 30. For details, visit

     Jeff Shumski has joined the field sales staff of RPS Marketing, a major West Coast sales and service agency serving the automotive and other markets. He spent the past 15 years as the business development manager at Uni-Select Northwest-based in Auburn and the prior 10 years at the former Seattle-based Mar-Lac Distributing that merged with Uni-Select. He also has more than 12 years experience at the jobber level having worked at Oak Harbor Auto Supply for 8 years, and the former Reiman Auto Parts in Renton. While a resident of Marysville, Shumski will work under the direction of RPS partner Doug Williams who manages the rep firm’s Milwaukie, Ore., office. He will cover all of Washington, Southern Idaho, and some Portland business. RPS has offices Arizona, California, Missouri, Oregon, and Washington.

     The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF), in collaboration AkzoNobel Vehicle Refinishes North America, has announced that eight schools across the country are being recognized for their efforts to advance sustainability within their respective automotive and collision repair programs. Walla Walla Community College is the only Northwest school, and only one of two in the West, to be recognized as a result of student teams and faculty derived submittals. Each of the eight selected schools will receive funds from the Sustainability Education Challenge Grant to implement their proposals and report on the success of their project. The program was initiated in 2014 by AkzoNobel in an effort to support one of the core principles of the global corporation. That goal was to create awareness and educate students who had intentions of seeking careers within the collision repair industry, on the growing global imperative of sustainability and its ability to make a positive impact in all facets of life.

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