Northwest

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4X4 won the top award at Mudfest for both its on-road attributes and exceptional off-road capabilities.
Shelton, Wash.-The Ridge Motorsports Park was again the testing site for the two-day 2018 Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year Competition, affectionately known as Mudfest. Presented by the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA), the 24th annual event drew 25 automotive media...
David Huntley (left) and Mike Millsap say Greg’s has multiple service and repair locations in the greater Seattle area with 56 employees.
Kent, Wash.—Brothers Greg and David Huntley were no strangers to the business world when they opened their first Greg’s Japanese Auto shop in Renton in January 1987. They had been involved in various ventures in Anchorage, Alaska, since they were teenagers, including operating an auto repair...
Seattle, Wash.—Washington State began testing vehicle emission systems more than three decades ago with current testing in most of Clark, King, Pierce, Snohomish, and Spokane counties. Both personal and fleet vehicles that fall into the light-duty category in the noted counties are required to be...
Byron Davis of Autobody Specialties says his company uses a single team-pay system for all production employees.
Springfield, Ore.—Byron Davis’s company participated in as many as a dozen insurer direct repair programs, but he has scaled that back significantly without hurting the business. “We’re down to five DRPs. We weeded out,” said Davis, owner of Auto Body Specialties, which operates a 10,500-square-...
June 1-3 * Spokane Festival of Speed, Spokane Raceway, Airway Heights, Wash. Visit spokanefestivalofspeed.org. June 3 * 37th annual All Mopar Spring Roundup, Mariner High School, Everett, Wash. Visit www.moparsunlimited.com. June 9 * 36th annual Yakima Valley Swap Meet & Car Show, State Fair...
LYNNWOOD, WA – May 10th 2018 – The Wesco Group inc. announced today it completed the acquisition of United Paint Specialties a two store operation in Western Washington. Pat Sherman the President of UPS will join the Wesco Group as an equity partner, and will help us grow as we expand our footprint...
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...

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