Northwest

April White says she and her husband and his brother are interested in continuing to grow their second-generation collision repair business.
Dallas, Ore.–White’s Collision Service is going “paperless” at its newest location, more out of necessity than choice. April White said her family’s business acquired Holland Collision Center in Silverton, Ore., earlier this year, but is operating it only as a satellite estimating center – without...
Bob Lanphere Sr. died Oct. 12. (Photo courtesy of Sharon Lenz )
ALASKA Car-O-Liner, a leading global provider of collision equipment to the automotive aftermarket, has announced that Cronquist Equipment, based in Anchorage, is now a distributor for Car-O-Liner equipment throughout the state. Owned by Tim Cronquist, who has 16 years of PBE jobber experience,...
Liqui Moly’s Regional Sales Manager Chris Luessen of Sammamish, Wash., says Liqui Moly now carries Mercedes-Benz 229.52 diesel spec motor oil, a cost-effective alternative to Mercedes-Benz branded oil. The oil was featured at the recent AAPEX show in Las Vegas.
SEMA attendance was reported to be more than 100,000 this year and occupied one million net square feet.
Jan 25-29 * Heavy-Duty Aftermarket Week 2016, The Mirage, Las Vegas. Visit www.hdaw.org. Jan. 28-31 * Winter Retreat & Management Conference, ASA Northwest, Enzian Inn, Leavenworth, Wash. Visit www.asanorthwest.com, or call 253-473-6970. Jan. 28-31 * Portland International Auto Show, Oregon...
ALASKA      NAPA Auto Tech will stage three “Dynamic Engine Testing” classes in the state in November. Class sites are in Fairbanks at the Hutchison Career Center on Nov. 11-17 (contact Jay McFetridge at 907-388-2592), the Wasilla NAPA Training Center on Nov. 11-18 (contact Andy Rogers at 907-745-...
Tacoma, Wash.—Donald “Bud” Williams, owner of Bud’s Machine & Engine Shop, has had a varied career in the machine shop world for over more than 60 years. “My dad was a machinist and I bored my first block when I was 14 years old,” he said. A Tacoma native, Williams said he got the name “Bud” as...
Seattle—The Automotive Technology program at West Seattle High School, one of the oldest schools in the state’s largest public school system, is doing well and servicing 110 students daily, said instructor Charles Ketler, who just began his second year teaching the two-tier program. Though a...
Battle Ground, Wash.—Jerry Daniels would like to see his business, Touch of Class Auto Body, continue to grow, but believes it’s better to focus on building a quality team rather than rapid growth. “We want the best here. That is our goal. Only the best,” Daniels said. “We’ve let a couple...
Oct. 31-Nov. 1 * Progressive International Motorcycle Show, Oregon Convention Center, Portland. Visit www.motorcycleshows.com. Oct. 31-Nov. 2 * 68th annual Business & Education Conference (in conjunction with AAIW), Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA), The Venetian, Las Vegas....
Tacoma, Wash.—Mitch Jaber Jr., owner of Midas Tacoma, has come full circle and understands the value of tracking sales and performance, as well as profitability. After three years in automotive vocational training, Jaber became an apprentice technician for a year, but due to a back injury he was...

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