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LAS VEGAS (Nov. 2, 2018) – SEMA, the trade association representing the $43 billion automotive specialty equipment industry, presented its top honors during the annual SEMA Awards Banquet last night at the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Winners of the prestigious awards are:• SEMA Person of the Year...
The Subaru Rally Team USA of Patrik Sandell and Per Almquist won by 24 seconds after two days of competition.
People & Places          compiled by Jerold B. Smith   Wesco Group has announced that Color Compass Corporation has joined the Wesco family of companies. Color Compass, a PBE distributor in Western Canada, which includes the businesses of White & Peters, Chase, Rocky Mountain, Carlson and...
Michelle Johnson, senior manager, Aftersales Strategy for Nissan North America, addresses Ranken students and representatives during an announcement about their new partnership.
RIVER VALLEY Ranken Technical College is launching a new educational partnership with Nissan North America that will provide automotive students with specialized training, certifications and additional career opportunities with Nissan and Infiniti dealerships. As part of Ranken’s Automotive...
Tina Smith is TechForce’s new director of National Partnership.
NATIONAL The ASE Training Managers Council (ATMC) has announced the 2018 winners of the ATMC National Excellence in Training Awards, naming Motor Coach Industries as the grand award winner, with awards also going to Bridgestone Retail Operations and to Shell Oil Company. The annual awards shine a...
Pacific Best Inc. (PBI) and Pacific Auto Company (PAC) have moved to a new 110,000-square-foot headquarters in Azusa.
Pacific Best Inc. (PBI), parent company of Pacific Auto Company (PAC), has moved into a new 110,000-square-foot headquarters in Azusa with eight loading docks and three times the space of its previous California DC. “The larger space has two operational benefits: consolidation of existing inventory...
Larry H. Miller Colorado Chrysler Jeep presented a check for $10,000 to Ability Connection Colorado.
COLORADO Les Schwab Tire Centers purchased 6030 E. Colfax Ave. and the adjacent 1459 Kearney St. parcel in Denver for $1.1 million, according to county records. The two parcels add up to 0.72 acres, making the deal worth $35.25 a square foot. The site is undeveloped. The chain has 10 locations in...
From left: Brad Ruder, Nathan Ebert, Reggie Graham, Ron Garcia, Aidan Dunleavy, Jeremy Henry, Meeghan Dunleavy, Dana Henry, Andy Baldassarre and Dustin Willhite accepted Wichita Business Journal’s 2018 Manufacturing, Wholesale and Distribution Awards.
MIDWEST Midwest Wheel Companies has announced that Don Reimondo is one of two recipients of its 25th Annual Don Shoemaker/Scott Wilson Sales Professional of the Year Awards. It was presented to Reimondo by John Minor, president and CEO of Midwest Wheel Companies, during a ceremony at the Legacy...
This photo is of Travelers Body & Fender Works, in Fresno, in 1965. The owner at the time, Orval Minnis, is pictured top row center. Jim Minnis, bottom row to the right, recently had the shop acquired by Caliber Collision.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA It’s time to prepare for the minimum wage changes that begin Jan. 1, 2019. In 2016, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed SB 3, making California the first state in the nation that committed to raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour statewide. Under the bill, California’s...
BETHESDA, Md. – October 25, 2018 – The Auto Care Association today announced the addition of Hailey Ray as director, political affairs. Ray joins the Auto Care Association’s government affairs department, where she will lead the association’s political action committee, “ACPAC.” ACPAC is the only...
Los Angeles, CA - US Motor Works LLC, a manufacturer and distributor of Cooling system components, Fuel system components and High Performance Products for the Automotive and Heavy Duty markets, announces the promotion of Tom Longo to Vice President of Sales and Marketing of US Motor Works, LLC....

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