Northwest

Mike Melting, automotive instructor in Keizer, has been honored by his district for his efforts as a teacher and volunteer.
IDAHO Technician Dan Nelson of Larry Miller Subaru in Boise was recently honored at the ASE Annual Meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. He received the Subaru/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year award based on top scores on his ASE tests, as well as job excellence and community service. Nelson...
Jeff Lovell
The Auto Care Association’s Auto Care Factbook indicates that the automotive aftermarket is currently a $392 billion industry and is expected to reach $433 billion in 2021. And with that comes the growing pains of challenges and opportunities. Today’s issues for repairers may sound familiar, but...
Service Advisers Lance Smith (left) and Shawn Swarm (right) work with Service Manager Kirk Erickson at AG Automotive.
Portland, Ore.—Known since 1993 as AG Diesel, the north Portland shop, owned by Cameron Tormanen, is now AG Automotive to reflect its expansion into passenger car, SUV, crossover, and other light-duty vehicle service and repair, said Kirk Erickson, AAM, longtime service manager at AG who handles...
Chris Chesney
SeaTac, Wash.—The Automotive Service Association Northwest (ASA-NW) has announced the keynote speakers for the Automotive Training Expo (ATE), March 22-24, at the Doubletree Hotel adjacent to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The three-day extensive training event features speakers at two...
Bill and Suzy Dallas moved from Portland for family reasons but found a new home for their collision repair and restoration business.
Mt. Angel, Ore.—Bill Dallas and his wife, Suzy, sold their home and collision shop in Portland, Ore., in 2015 to move about 40 miles south to care for an aging parent. As it turned out, a building in the area that had been a body shop since the 1940s was for sale, so they opened Mt. Angel Auto Body...
January Jan. 18-19 * Winter Rod & Speed Show, Linn County Fair & Expo Center, Albany, Ore. Visit www.capracing.com/winter_show. Jan. 24-27 * Winter Retreat & Management Conference, ASA Northwest, Icicle Village Resort, Leavenworth, Wash. Visit www.asanorthwest.com, or call 253-473-6970...
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....

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