Northwest

Dawn and Jim McCoy had longed talked about owning a business together before buying Lents Body Shop.
Portland, Ore.— When Jim McCoy closed on the purchase of Lents Body Shop in 2016, he opened the doors to processes and practices he gleaned from his of his involvement in an Akzo-sponsored 20 group. “For the first few years, the group was concentrated only on lean processing,” McCoy said. “Now we’...
From left: Vale High School student Josh Duckworth, who won Oregon’s SkillsUSA competiton, and his instructor Drew Barnes, met NATA’s Margaret Ragan and association members at the event.
Wilsonville, Ore.—More than 120 people packed a room at the World of Speed museum in Wilsonville, Ore., for the Northwest Automotive Trade Association’s monthly “Lunch & Learn” in June. The event, sponsored by Mecum Auctions, gave attendees a chance to tour the museum and its hands-on...
From left: Finalizing curriculum and program training hours for ITAC in late May are Kandie Jennings-Molloy, AAM, owner of Tom’s Automotive in West Seattle and ASA-NW secretary; Butch Jobst, AMAM, of B&B Automotive in Aberdeen and ASA-NW chairman of the board; Bri Durham, AJAC director of Youth Apprenticeship; and Shannon Matson, AJAC deputy director.
Seattle, Wash.—Four years in the making, ASA Northwest (ASA-NW) is expected to have a technician apprenticeship training program approved by the Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries Apprenticeship & Training Council by mid-July. The thought process for the program, designed to help...
Bill Filley receives his AMAM diplomas from Jeff Peevy, AMI president, at the AMI graduation ceremonies in May in Orlando Fla., during the ASA national meeting and conference.
IDAHO      The 30th annual Emmett Show & Shine, the largest event of its kind in the region, takes place July 21, in Emmett City Park. More than 900 show cars will be on display with thousands of spectators on hand to view cars and visit vendor booths. Breakfast, lunch, and music are all part...
James Barlow (left), parts manager at BMW Northwest, and Troy Olason, business development manager for Advantage Parts Solutions, work closely together to create high quality customer service for collision repair shops.
Seattle, Wash.—Advantage Parts Solutions is not the typical OEM wholesale parts program with hub and delivery operations, but its success is measured in how its clients “recognize our comprehensive approach and value the information we provide,” said Troy Olason, business development manager for...
Noriko Anderson, sales director for International Lubricants Inc., showcases the increasingly popular Lubegard synthetic power steering fluid the company markets.
Seattle—International Lubricants Inc. (ILI) has seen major growth and expansion of its products since its founding in Seattle by Frank Erickson in 1984, said Noriko Anderson, sales director at ILI. “Frank was passionate about the company and developing quality Lubegard-branded products. Fortunately...
June 29-July 1 * 2018 Pacific Northwest Historics, Pacific Raceways, Kent, Wash. Visit www.sovrenracing.org. July 4 * Old Fashioned 4th Show & Shine, downtown Bainbridge Island, Wash. Visit www.grandold4th.com. July 7 * Petersen Collector Car Auction, Douglas County Fairgrounds, Roseburg, Ore....
From left: Vale High School student Josh Duckworth, who won Oregon’s SkillsUSA competiton, and his instructor Drew Barnes, met NATA’s Margaret Ragan and association members at the event.
Wilsonville, Ore.—More than 120 people packed a room at the World of Speed museum in Wilsonville, Ore., for the Northwest Automotive Trade Association’s monthly “Lunch & Learn” in June. The event, sponsored by Mecum Auctions, gave attendees a chance to tour the museum and its hands-on...
Lynnwood, Wash. – The Wesco Group Inc. has completed its acquisition of Auto Paint Specialty (APS,) a three-store PPG platinum distributor in the western Washington area. Dan Gemeroy, the president of APS, has joined the acquisition team at the Wesco Group. Gemeroy said, “the decision became easy...
This 1932 Ford Coupe, known as Whiplash and built by Steve’s Restoration in Portland, will be a featured vehicle at the Mecum Auction in Portland.
ALASKA Ben Brooks from Hutchison High School in Fairbanks won the state’s SkillsUSA competition in Automotive Service Technology. He is eligible to attend the national SkillsUSA competition June 27-28, in Louisville, Ky. More than 6,200 students from high schools and colleges will compete in more...

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