Mountain People & Places - May 2019
Heuberger Subaru in Colorado Springs has hired Paul Castanon as its new parts manager, who replaces recently retired Cheryl Winn. Castanon was hired within, having been with Heuberger for 13 years, and started in the industry in 1987 as a parts driver out of high school in California. He’s been in the Colorado aftermarket since 1992. His department features $1.3 million in inventory, staffed by three wholesale employees as well as seven countersales people that run its retail and back counter sales. “We also have four people in our online internet parts sales department that ship worldwide,” he said, “and deliveries as far south as Pueblo and as far north as Denver.”
Continental Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket has joined forces with the Tire Industry Association (TIA) to co-sponsor the 2019 Certified Automotive Tire Service (ATS) Instructor Training Tour including a stop in Denver. The four-day, hands-on training classes goal is to educate tire technicians on the proper safety procedures and guidelines for servicing passenger and light truck tire and wheel assemblies. More information and registration is available at www.tireindustry.org.
Legislation (H.B. 231) to require registration plates on the front and back of all motor vehicles died as the legislature adjourned. Under current law, all motor vehicles in the state are only issued a single plate. Because of strong opposition, the bill failed to receive a vote on the House floor.
Legislation (L.B. 156) allowing for the titling and registration of former military vehicles was signed into law by Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts. The new law defines a former military vehicle as a vehicle that was manufactured for use in any country’s military forces and is maintained to accurately represent its military design and markings, regardless of its size or weight, but is no longer used, or never was used by a military force. Previously, these vehicles were not allowed to be registered or titled for on-road use in the state.
Perkin’s Motors has hired a new parts manager, Randy Collins. He is a Colorado native with a wife and teenage son, who has been with Perkins since August and has spent his entire career to date in Colorado Springs. Past experience includes 12 years with GM and nine years with VW, among others, getting his start in high school in a parts warehouse. Mike Deridder has also been promoted from wholesale parts advisor to warehouse supervisor. Perkins is presently constructing new offices in its newly consolidated 30,000-square-foot warehouse in a mezzanine, expected to be completed in May. “It’s a new-and-improved warehouse facility. Parts will all be under one roof,” said Dale Underwood, parts director, who added that it will feature $1.7 million in inventory.
The Southern Colorado Mopars Car Club and Perkins Motors will also hold its Fourth Annual Motor City Car Show, Saturday, June 8, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., at its dealership on 1205 Motor City Drive, Colorado Springs. The show is free and open to the public. Register to enter all models, years and restorations in progress of Dodge, Ram, DeSoto, Plymouth, Jeep, Chrysler and AMC models at www.surveymonkey.com/r/mopar2019. Vehicles will be judged and prizes and awards will be given away, including a grand prize of entry into the 2019 Mopar Block Party.
Capital Paint and Refinish will have its inaugural golf tournament, Aug. 9, at the Mariana Butte Golf Course in Loveland, Colo. In addition to a round of golf for customers and vendors, there will be numerous prizes and an awards luncheon afterward. To learn more and to register, visit capitalpaintgolf.com. Questions can be directed to Scott Kingsbury at 303-929-9488 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Kimberly Frasher, director of Customer Experience at Axiom Accident & Hail Repair, in Englewood, Colo., is a new Women’s Industry Network (WIN) board director. The WIN Board of Directors is designed to further WIN’s mission to promote women in the collision repair industry, support professional development, create a wide network of women across the country, and to provide educational tools for young professionals.