Northwest

IDAHO      3M Automotive Aftermarket Division and the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) recently announced 43 nationwide winners of the 3M Hire Our Heroes awards. The winners included 35 students that are currently studying collision repair and have served, or are currently serving, in...
Eugene, Ore.—Sharree Strausbaugh, who invested $5,000 in employee training last year, said she can’t understand why more shops aren’t maintaining the I-CAR Gold Class designation. “We’re all about education here,” Strausbaugh said, adding that some I-CAR courses are even being held at her shop, A...
Las Vegas—Nevada heat is a far way from Alaskan cool. But nevertheless, Jay McFetridge, a NAPA sales professional at NAPA Fairbanks, and his wife, Barbara, a service writer and in-house marketing developer for The Gas and Diesel Doctor, as well as the secretary for the Fairbanks NAPA Autocare...
Eatonville, Wash.—With 23 years in business under his belt, John Anderson of Motor Worx said he has determined that word-of-mouth marketing and customer referrals are a key part of his continued growth in this Pierce County community of some 3,000 people. “We love the referral customer because they...
New location for Toyota and Honda dealerships provides state-of the-art facilities Seattle—After years of operating blocks apart in the crowded downtown corridor, Toyota of Seattle and Honda of Seattle now have a combined six-story location on Airport Way South in the stadium (SODO) district of...
OREGON Nissan sold its 75,000th electric Leaf to Rishabh Mehandru of Portland, an engineer at Intel who commutes 30 miles a day from home to work. “I found I was inhaling a lot of exhaust from gas-powered cars that passed me on the road, and was aware of the amount of fuel I was burning (to commute...
Kelso, Wash.—Like most Northwest collision repair shops, Wheeler’s Collision & Paint hasn’t repaired a 2015 Ford F-150 yet. But Joe Wheeler says bring it on. “Aluminum repairs do not scare us,” Wheeler said. “We know how to work on aluminum vehicles. We’ve been working on them for the last 30...

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Parts & People is published monthly by Automotive Counseling and Publishing Company, Inc., a Colorado corporation, P.O. Box 18731 Denver, CO 80203, 303-765-4664. President-Lance Buchner. Founded by Lance Buchner and Dave Lucia.