Sonoma Raceway hosted the recent “Make the Future California” featuring Shell Eco-marathon Americas with more than 1,000 students from 99 high schools and universities across North and South America.

Northern California People & Places - June 2018


G&C Auto Body is adding and expanding shops in Sonoma and Solano Counties, reported the North Bay Business Journal. G&C Auto Body has a dozen shops with the addition of a second Santa Rosa location earlier this year when it acquired Larkfield Body & Paint in the Larkfield area north of Santa Rosa from third-generation owner David Hartman on Jan. 1. The North Bay Business Journal states G&C will also open a Benicia shop by July after acquiring an existing shop with 20 bays and 10 employees. It’s presently investing $900,000 in equipment and remodeling.

CAWA Summer Educational Forum will be June 21-22, in Newport Beach at the Renaissance Newport Beach. The event, which is open to YANG membership, general membership and industry guests, will feature association meetings and presentations from industry experts, such as Jennifer Maher, TechForce Foundation; Derek Kaufman, Schwartz Advisors; and Richard Corey, CARB, among others. For more information, contact Janet Walde at 916-284-5094 or email

The California New Car Dealers Association announced that its members have donated more than $5 million dollars to a number of charities, including more than $4.5 million to California chapters of the American Red Cross. The distribution of funds comes from what was once the California Motor Car Dealers Employee Benefits Trust. With the termination of that health plan offering to employees in 2010, the funds accumulated and allocable portions of the surplus reserves have been distributed by broadly throughout the state to a variety of charities.

Intex Auto Parts, in San Jose, was named Federated Co-Man Member of the Year. The annual award is presented to a member that has shown outstanding support of the member-owned Co-Man warehouse operation and its programs. Intex operations manager, Kenny Ho, accepted the award.

Industrial Finishes & Systems is celebrating the company’s 60th year. Officially founded in Eugene, Ore., in 1958, it has grown into a leading distributor of coatings, adhesives, abrasives, and supplies. It has expanded to 35 locations, most recently into California.

Shell welcomed more than 1,000 students from 99 high schools and universities across North and South America to “Make the Future California” featuring Shell Eco-marathon Americas at Sonoma Raceway in April. Make the Future California provides a platform for innovation, collaboration and conversation around the world’s energy challenges, as part of a global series of events through 2018. Students used innovative problem-solving skills to design and build their own cars. Looking at every aspect of design and technology, students competed to prove that their ideas will produce the most energy-efficient vehicle when tested on the track.

Mike’s Auto Body has opened its 16th location in Alameda. The 13,000-square-foot facility, formerly known as Alameda Classic Collision Center, was opened in 2007 by CJ Miller as a restoration/collision shop, and will employ 13 people and will be managed by Lester Branson, with Kristen Story as the shop.s new office manager.

The state of California will be showing motorists an educational video on the Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act at its 178 department of motor vehicle locations across the state. The video highlights the Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act, which is enforced by the Federal Trade Commission. The Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act makes it illegal for a dealer to deny warranty coverage if someone else, like an independent repair shop, performs maintenance on the vehicle.

USA Automotive Supply & Lubricant has launched a new website specifically for DIY consumers. “We’re a direct importer for Motul out of France and Liqui Moly from Germany,” Company President and General Manager Yousef Hamamdeh said. To service the needs of repair shops, domestic lines are purchased from Berryman, AISIN, Chevron, Mobil 1, Kendall, and Cam 2. “Our buying power and vast Bay Area-customer base has put us in the perfect position to provide a one-stop shop supply Web resource for the DIY market.”

Renewable Energy Group has launched the company’s REG UltrClean Diesel, which is California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved for year-round use throughout California under the Alternative Diesel Fuel Regulation. Versus CARB diesel, REG Ultra Clean Diesel reduces total hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide emissions by 15 percent, particulate matter emissions by 40 percent, and, emits less nitrogen oxides (NOx). The fuel offers even greater emissions reductions when compared to conventional diesel.

WIX Filters, a global manufacturer of filtration products, was awarded Traditional Vendor of the Year from National Performance Warehouse at their conference in San Jose. The award recognizes companies that demonstrate the upmost care for its distributors, push for a progressive marketplace and initiate marketing and sales programs to help grow the bottom line. “We work with NPW to support their efforts to sell several types of our filtration products and it’s always exciting that our team’s expertise and commitment is recognized by an outstanding customer. The truth is, you receive these awards for helping a customer grow their business, and we look forward to continuing that effort with NPW,” said Jeff Blocher, director of sales for WIX.

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