Northwest

Kraig Weninger says he’s proud of the quality work and service his family-run business offers its customers.
Portland, Ore.—Kraig Weninger said two of the tools getting increased use at his business, Si’s Auto Body, is the company’s AllData subscription and a Snap-on scanner. “Our goal is to go by the [vehicle] manufacturers’ recommendations,” Weninger said of the shop’s repair decisions. “With AllData,...
Norm Chapman was honored as the top automotive instructor by ASE and NATEF.
MONTANA Forty-seven automotive professionals were recognized Nov. 15, at the Fall Board of Governors meeting of ASE, including Steven Neiffer of Bergren Transmission & Auto Care in Havre. He was named the TECHNET Professional/ASE Master Technician of the Year during the awards banquet at the...
Jan. 22-25 * Heavy-Duty Aftermarket Week 2018, The Mirage, Las Vegas. Visit www.hdaw.org. Jan. 25-28 * Semi-annual Retreat & Management Conference, ASA Northwest Icicle Village Resort, Leavenworth, Wash. Visit www.asanorthwest.com, or call 253-473-6970. Jan. 25-28 * Portland International Auto...
Jeff Lovell of ASA Northwest says ATE will likely sell out by February.
Record attendance and enthusiasm at AAPEX and SEMA and the projections by the Auto Care Association that the auto care industry will reach $381 billion in value at the end of 2017 are indicators this past year was a healthy one for the repair and service industry. And the association, in its 55-...
Walt Commans, ASE Education Foundation manager, talks about shops participating in college automotive department advisory committees, intern and apprenticeships, and mentoring.
Orange, Calif.—It takes a village to build an aftermarket career. Walt Commans, ASE Education Foundation manager and Western states liaison between independent repair shop owners and community colleges, recently held a roundtable and working lunch at Karco Specialties, in Orange, that brought...
The second-generation 2018 Nissan Leaf debuted at the Seattle International Auto Show. Nissan said electric car offers the fastest charging rate of any EV on the market. (Photo by Jerold B. Smith)
OREGON          The Portland International Auto Show is set for Jan. 25-28, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. In addition to hundreds of new cars on display, the event features a Portland Trail Blazers Kids Camp, a Tech Zone to see what’s new in vehicle technology, ride n’ drives of more...
Barry Barrett from RLO Training instructs a class at ATE 2017.
SeaTac, Wash.—The 2018 Automotive Training Expo (ATE) returns to the DoubleTree Hotel across from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport for three days of intensive management and technical training classes. “It appears that 2018 will again provide our attendees the absolute finest training available...
Dan Wolff, certified with several conversion kit manufacturers, finishes the installation of an autogas conversion kit on a transit van.
Vancouver, Wash.—As technology has progressed over the past several years, conversions of gas- or diesel-powered vehicles to propane or autogas has become more viable. And the leading company in the Northwest for such conversions is Wolff Specialties LLC, said Dan and Penny Wolff, founders and...
Troy Lindquist says developing his own technicians in-house is allowing his company to grow without struggling to find employees.
Redmond, Ore.—Troy Lindquist didn’t want to be yet another collision repair shop owner bemoaning the difficultly of finding qualified technicians. So he built a system within his shop to develop the technicians he needs. “I’m not saying it’s perfected,” Lindquist, who owns Premier Auto Body, said...
Dec. 3 * 16th annual Jingle Bell Cruz/Toys 4 Tots Drive, Triple X Drive-in, Issaquah, Wash. Call 425-392-1266. Dec. 3 * Cruise for Tots, Chinese Auction & Car Show, Yelm,  Wash. Call 360-894-3951. Jan. 22-25 * Heavy-Duty Aftermarket Week 2018, The Mirage, Las Vegas. Visit www.hdaw.org. Jan. 25-...

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