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PLANO, Texas (July 3, 2019) – In recognition of the sacrifice made by military service members and their families, Toyota Financial Services has introduced a new program that waives the remaining lease payments for military customers who die or are catastrophically injured in the line of duty. Gold...
San Rafael, Calif. – Tom Marx, aftermarket industry veteran and partner, Hart Marx Advisors, will present at the 2019 University of the Aftermarket’s Heavy Duty Leadership week for the seventh consecutive year. Marx will coach next-generation leaders, providing expert insight on how to navigate the...
Dylan Wertz, winner of the 2018 SkillsUSA competition going on to compete at WorldSkills in Kazan, Russia, in August 2019 (Photo credit: worldskillsusa.org)
SOUTHFIELD, MI, July 1, 2019 – BASF is supporting 2018 SkillsUSA winner Dylan Wertz who will represent the United States at the 2019 WorldSkills competition in Kazan, Russia. Private training on Glasurit was provided for Wertz at BASF’s training center in Whitehouse, Ohio, a key component to his...
Kukui has secured $27 million in investment funding.
NATIONAL Kukui Corporation has announced it has secured $27 million in Series A funding. The strategic growth investment from Memphis-based SSM Partners will provide Kukui with resources to accelerate continued platform innovation, rapid market expansion, expanded customer services, and support...
ASA-CO Chairman Brad Pellman and Campus President Kelly Moore present scholarships to Kyle Martin (left, center) and Kevin Gayton (right, center).
MOUNTAIN REGION Members of ASA Colorado recently presented two $2,000 scholarships to two students at Lincoln Tech as part of its Summit program. Receiving scholarships were Kevin Gayton, Automotive Service Management, who has a 4.0 grade and 96.7 percent attendance, and Kyle Martin, Automotive...
The previously named Tanner’s locations have opened as CARSTAR Tanner’s Paint and Body – Springfield and CARSTAR Tanner’s Paint and Body – Willard.
MIDWEST Prominent MSOs and independent owners have joined CARSTAR. For John Cothran, who has had two independent locations in Springfield, Mo., since 2007, said joining CARSTAR offered new resources and benefits to build his business. His locations are now named CARSTAR Tanner’s Paint and Body –...
CTDA introduced it new board members.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA The California Tire Dealers Association (CTDA) introduced its new board of directors at a recent meeting. Billy Eordekian, president of 1-800EveryRim-OEM Wheels will serve as the CTDA President, and Chris Barry of the Independent Tire Dealer Group (ITDG) becomes the association’...
The wholesale parts phone room staff at Landmark Ford received the Ford Million Dollar Club award. They include (from left)  Marlin McCombs, Ryan Jeffers, Jim Stevens (presenting award), Shayne Bishop, Dave Russell, Kevin Henrikson, Jon Ortega, and Dan Gahan.
IDAHO      Fix Auto USA has announced the opening of its first member collision shops in the state, Fix Auto Coeur d’Alene and Fix Auto Post Falls. “Entering Idaho represents an exciting new frontier for our brand,” said Paul Gange, Fix Auto USA CEO. Operated by franchise partner David Tuttle, the...
Students use bio-diesel from waste oil and use it in two trucks and a special long distance competition car.
RIVER VALLEY WAC-STL meeting highlighted the Rockwood Summit Bio-Diesel Program. “We had a good turnout at Rockwood Summit High School for our monthly membership meeting,” said Jess Crump, vice president of WAC-STL. “We spoke to Darren Peters about his bio-diesel program and some of the students...
June 14, 2019 - Dill Air Controls Products, the leading U.S. manufacturer of TPMS valve stems and valve hardware, is celebrating its 110th anniversary! Founded in 1909, Dill was originally located in Cleveland, Ohio, where they gained their start manufacturing valve caps for the Model T. Dill has...

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