This 1940 Ford pickup built in Oregon City was a top pick for a custom build at SEMA 2018The staff at Courtesy Auto & Tire of Tacoma is one of three nationwide finalists in the 2018 Tire Review Top Shop Award.Parts Manager Robert Longoria (left) and Dave Faubert, parts sales, hold Top 50 plaque awarded to Corwin Ford Pasco.Korum Ford Puyallup parts staffers (from left) Larry Annoni, parts sales; Ron Olson, parts manager; and Becky Nygard, parts sales with their Top 50 award.Vinnie Eterno (left), parts manager, and Lorenzo Padaduan, parts sales, proudly hold their Power Stroke Diesel award at Westlie Ford Camas.A total redesign of the interior and exterior of the 2019 Mazda CX-5 was reviewed by Mazda execs for the automotive media at the Seattle auto show. “It’s a new level of refinement,” said Dave Coleman, Mazda’s vehicle development manager. (Photo by Jerold B. Smith)The all-new 2019 Nissan Altima, the first-in-segment to offer AWD, has had a compete revision, and with its Nissan Intelligent Mobility features is almost totally ADAS compliant for self-driving, said Nissan officials.  (Photo by Jerold B. Smith)

Northwest People & Places - December 2018


     Sand Lake Automotive is a finalist in the Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific Region Torch Awards for 2018. Owned by Tim Mason, the Anchorage shop is one of 100 businesses of all types in seven states that are competing in the BBB’s most prestigious award for ethics in business. The 2017 BBB winner in the Alaska awards was Big O’s Automotive in Anchorage. In total, four automotive repair businesses in three Northwest states are vying for the Top Torch award in their region.



     Meridian Automotive in Meridian is a finalist in the 2018 BBB Northwest + Pacific Region Torch Awards for the Southern Idaho/Western Wyoming region. An ASE Blue Seal shop and AAA-Approved Auto Repair facility, Meridian is also a RepairPal-certified shop. The top BBB award honors businesses that demonstrate a commitment to ethics, integrity, and building trust in the marketplace.

     Rick Cope, of Cope Collision Center in Meridian, received the Jeff Silver Award from I-CAR, Oct. 31, in Las Vegas. The prestigious award, which honors an I-CAR Platinum individual who demonstrates passion for training and professional growth, was presented during a special ceremony at SEMA 2018. Cope serves as the I-CAR chair for southwest Idaho, is an advisory member of the College of Western Idaho Auto Body Technology program, and is an active member of the Idaho Autobody Craftsman Association. He is a strong proponent of continuing education, and encourages local students to pursue co-op and full-time opportunities at his shop, which has been a Gold Class shop since 2007.



     The Winter Rod & Speed Show returns to Albany, Jan. 19-20, at the Linn County Expo. The indoor show in two buildings features hundreds of hot rods, muscle cars, roadsters, race cars, rat rods, and trucks, plus the largest model car contest in the Northwest. Special guests and live music are also on the schedule for this event that draws vehicles and attendees from throughout western states. Visit for show details.

     Chris Church, of Church Built Customs in Oregon City, won the Best Toyo Tires SEMA Truck/SUV Build award at SEMA 2018. His heavily modified 1940 Ford pickup sits on top of a full custom Schroeder Speed chassis with extensive use of carbon fiber and aluminum throughout the build. Power on the truck is supplied by a Wegner Motorsports Chevrolet LS3 engine topped by a Whipple supercharger for a total output of more than 900 HP. The pickup rides on custom-built wheels from American Racing with 19-inch front and 20-inch rear Toyo Proxes R888R tires.

     3C Automotive in Gresham recently celebrated its 15th anniversary in business. Owned by Roy Husk, an ASE-certified Master Technician, and wife, Charity, since 2003, the shop also employs the couple’s son, Cody, an ASE-certified technician. The shop has been an Eco-Biz-certified business since 2015.

     Hayden Bush is the new automotive program instructor at Tillamook High School. Also an Agricultural Sciences instructor and FFA adviser, Bush has been a co-owner of Gypo Jerseys, a dairy farm in the Tillamook area since 2004.



     Melling Tool Co. has purchased Preferred Components Inc. (PCI), an Edgewood-based timing systems supplier. “PCI is a perfect acquisition for Melling, bringing with it additional skills, knowledge, and resources to strengthen our timing line,” said CEO Mark Melling. Mike Rose, president of PCI who will retire after 26 years in the business, added, “We have developed what we feel is the best quality timing line in the aftermarket. Melling Tool Co. will continue business with our highly dedicated team.”

     Titus-Will Ford in Tacoma just celebrated its 80th anniversary as a franchised Ford dealer. Leon E. Titus Sr. was awarded the franchise that began operation in December 1938 in downtown Tacoma, and 50 years ago was moved adjacent to I-5. Titus was joined by James W. Will after World War II and the pair, and subsequent family members, expanded with other Ford dealerships, as well as Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Hyundai, and Toyota operations in Tacoma, Olympia, and Chehalis.

     BMW Northwest in Fife recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Founded by Werner Sharmach in 1968, today the business is owned and operated by his son, Manfred, along with MINI franchises in the Puget Sound area.

     Global Car Care in Wenatchee is a finalist in the 2018 BBB Northwest + Pacific Torch Awards program that honors outstanding businesses. Owned by Brian Thorpe, the Bosch Service Center is competing with nine other various businesses in the Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho district of the region.

     Courtesy Auto Service & Tire of Tacoma was recently honored as one of three 2018 Top Shop award finalists in the nation by Tire Review magazine. The award, presented by Coats, was bestowed in Nashville, Tenn., in late October to Courtesy Owners Scott and Susan Welsh, and honors the shop for outstanding customer service and business practices. The Tacoma shop was also a 2015 Top Shop finalist. Attesting to its business practices, Courtesy is also one of 10 finalists in the 2018 BBB Northwest + Pacific Torch Awards for Western Washington.

     Three Washington Ford dealers were recognized recently for outstanding Power Stroke Diesel sales. Westlie Ford Camas, Korum Ford Puyallup, and Corwin Ford Pasco all received special awards, “in recognition of achieving National Top 50 Dealership Status in Power Stroke Diesel and Ford Commercial Truck parts growth through management, dedicated employees, and high standards of operational excellence. Just 50 dealers in the nation were honored with the award for 2017 sales,” said Jim Stevens, Parts Zone manager Northwest, Blue Diamond Parts Joint Venture, Navistar Engine Corp./Ford Motor Co. The plaque, awarded to each dealer, has the following quote from Henry Ford: “If everyone is moving forward together then success takes care of itself.”

     Gail Neal and Mary Johnson, of the Multicultural Child and Family Hope Center in Tacoma, addressed the ASA-NW Pierce County Chapter, Nov. 1. Neal, the Hope Center director, and Johnson, a family support specialist, outlined the extensive services offered at the center from daycare services to parents counseling. A number of needy children at the center will be recipients of holiday gifts and clothing in the ASA chapter’s 19th annual Kids First program. Donations are collected for specific children, then ASA-NW staff and members purchase, wrap, and deliver gifts in December with an ASA staffer serving as Santa. To donate to the program, call the ASA-NW office at 253-473-6970.

     Record-setting crowds attended the 2018 Seattle International Auto Show CenturyLink Field Event Center in early November. One of the nation’s top 10 shows, it featured several displays of vehicles not yet in showrooms, including the Ford Ranger, Toyota RAV4 Adventure Grade and RAV4 Hybrid, Nissan’s Altima, Chevrolet’s Blazer, the Mazda CX-5, and Jaguar I-PACE.

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