Northwest

CHARLOTTE (May 9, 2018) – CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts, North America’s largest multi-shop operator network of independently-owned collision repair facilities, announced that its first location in Idaho has opened, bringing its U.S. locations total to 33 states. CARSTAR of Hayden, located 1770...
MAY 2, 2018 -- Industrial Finishes & Systems, Inc. is proud to celebrate the company’s 60th year. Officially founded in Eugene, Oregon, in 1958, Industrial Finishes & Systems, Inc. has grown into a leading distributor of coatings, adhesives, abrasives, and supplies. During 1956-1957, Stuart...
From left: It’s a team effort at Doug’s Northwest Cadillac with Service Manager Wes Forsythe, Parts Manager Phil Dorsett, and Service Director John Melchiode.
Shoreline, Wash.—For more than 10 years of ownership, Doug’s Northwest Cadillac has had its challenges, said Marc Ikegami who owns the store with his father, Doug Ikegami, who also owns Mazda and Hyundai stores in nearby Lynnwood. “We purchased the struggling store in August 2007 and then in 2008...
Classics are on parade at the Lost in the 50s 2017 event in Sandpoint.
ALASKA      Specialized Import Auto Service in Anchorage celebrates its 30th anniversary this year as a repair facility. Current owner is James Trueblood, a graduate of UTI in Phoenix, Ariz., where he studied automotive and diesel repair. He is also a Toyota Master Technician. Trueblood helped...
Gary Smith, of AutoMaster Training and GSS Enterprises, delivers a passionate keynote address at ATE. He also instructed classes and had a trade booth.
SeaTac, Wash.-The Automotive Training Expo (ATE) held in mid-March surpassed expectations, said Jeff Lovell, AMAM, of ASA-NW, the event producer. “We sold out well in advance and again had a record number of people attending our training sessions. We actually had to turn away a lot of folks because...
Budd & Co. Owner Mike Goebel (left) and longtime Service Adviser Zac Turnbaugh work the front counter.
Seattle—Budd & Co. has been fixture for decades in the Emerald City, first at Denny and Olive Way in the heart of Capital Hill and, since 1979, at the busy intersection of Rainier Avenue South and South Dearborn. The repair shop was founded by the Budd brothers some years prior to owner Mike...
Tom Fleming says taking care of customers has fueled steady growth in referrals without direct repair programs.
Salem, Ore.—Tom Fleming of Fleming’s Body & Paint is trying a new approach after experiencing how difficult it can be to locate experienced technicians. “It’s hard to find them when so many of the full-blown experienced guys are retiring because they are tired of the trade,” Fleming said. “Also...
April 30 - May 3 * ToolTech 2018, sponsored by the Equipment & Tool Institute (ETI), Loews Ventana Canyon, Tucson, Ariz. Visit www.etool.org. May 2-6 * ASA annual meeting, Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort, Orlando. Visit www.asashop.org. May 12 * 36th annual Spring Classic Car Show,...
Klamath Falls, Ore. (March 30, 2018) — Excel Auto Body announced today that they received their Assured Performance Certification, officially recognizing them as a preferred repair shop for Kia®, Hyundai, General Motors, FCA, Nissan® and Ford®. “This is an exciting recognition by the auto body...
One of the Subaru Rally Team USA entries in the 2017 Oregon Trail Rally traverses the rally course in the Columbia Gorge area.
IDAHO The 24th annual Spring Swap Meet is April 14, at Firebird Raceway in Eagle (Boise). The event is the largest automotive swap meet in the five-state Intermountain region and features hundreds of exhibit booths and thousands of attendees. For details, visit www.firebirdonline.com. H.B. 506 was...

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