Northwest

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...
Portland, Ore.—Business continues to grow for Tonkin Parts Center, and with that comes challenges, such as accommodating the more than 2,000 phone orders coming into its call center and maintaining high standards for quality and service. The solution was to bring e-commerce to its parts ordering...
ALASKA NAPA AutoTech will be presenting “Dynamic Engine Testing” classes in November at Hutchison Career Center in Fairbanks (Nov. 17; contact Jay McFetridge at 907-388-2592), at the NAPA Training Center in Wasilla (Nov. 18; contact Andy Rogers at 907-745-6272), and at the East Dowling NAPA Auto...
Oct. 1-31 * Fall Car Care Month (Be Car Care Aware campaign), coordinated by the Car Care Council, various sites across the U.S. and in the Northwest. Visit www.carcare.org for information on planning an event. Oct. 3 * Annual Pacific Northwest Lights-on Campaign (in conjunction with Fall Car Care...

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