Dill Western Regional Sales Manager Greg Buhr (center) presents Westesco’s Chris Deralas (left) and CEO Vic Harisis (right) with a Blue Pillar of recognition.Vern Kaufman is now sales and business development manager at Hellwig Suspension Products.Instructor Tony Salas (standing) discusses basic diesel diagnosis and repair at ASCCA Chapter 48’s “Diesel 101” class. (Photo by Dick DeLoach)The Port of San Diego has deployed a portable EV ARC solar-powered EV charging station for Port employees and visitors.The Murphy Auto Museum, in Oxnard, will hold its 7th annual Vintage trailer show Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Southern California People & Places - June 2019

Chino-based Western Tire Equipment & Supply Co (Westesco) marked a record-breaking sales year for Dill Air Control products in 2018. Greg Buhr, Dill western sales manager, presented the company with a Blue Pillar award. Westesco is a full-service distributor for tire, wheel, and undercar supplies and equipment.

Hellwig Suspension Products, in Visalia, announced that Vern Kaufman has joined the Hellwig team as its new sales and business development manager, bringing 34 years of sales and marketing experience to the Hellwig sales department. “We are thrilled to have Vern join the Hellwig team,” said Hellwig President Melanie White. “As we continue to grow and expand into new territories, Vern will be able to use his valuable experience in business-to-business relationship building and internet sales to help take Hellwig Products to the next level.”

ASCCA Chapter 48 North Orange County recently held an eight-hour class titled “Diesel 101” at Fisk Automotive in Fullerton. The featured speaker was Tony Salas. Nearly 40 shop owners and technicians attended the Saturday class. “This is the first of a series that will focus solely on diesel diagnostics and repair,” Jack Crawley, owner of Fisk, said. Dates and location for the next class will be posted on ASCCA TeamTalk.

Envision Solar International, in San Diego, a leading producer of infrastructure products for electric vehicle charging, announced that the Port of San Diego has deployed the company’s EV ARC portable solar-powered electric vehicle charging station to provide emissions-free charging for employees and visitors. “We are proud to use a resilient and sustainable product made by a San Diego-based company,” said Chairman Garry Bonelli, Board of Port Commissioners, Port of San Diego.

The Murphy Auto Museum, in Oxnard, will hold its 7th annual Vintage Trailer show Saturday, June 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tour more than 40 vintage trailers, campers, teardrops, and motorhomes, all decorated with period-correct camping memorabilia. Also on display are more than 90 vintage cars, Americana, period clothing, and one of the largest H/O scale train layouts around. There will be food and music, too. Admission is $10 at the door the day of show. Children 12 years or younger and active military are free.

Fix Auto USA continues its California expansion with the addition of several Southern California franchise locations, including Fix Auto Brea - Brea, formerly Sharper Image Collision, operated by Selvi Rizk, who also operates Fix Auto Moreno Valley; Fix Auto El Cajon and Fix Auto La Mesa - El Cajon and La Mesa, formerly Sid’s Auto Body, operated by Sid Rodriquez Sr. and Sid Rodriquez Jr.; Fix Auto La Habra - La Habra, formerly Sharper Image Collision, operated by Russ Hanson, Fix Auto Lake Elsinore - Lake Elsinore, formerly Z Best Auto Body & Paint, operated by Pat Helferich; and Fix Auto Lancaster - Lancaster, formerly Westside Body and Paint, operated by Mike Neis and Stephanie Hix.

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