Regional Coverage

Ryan Mathews says sales have doubled the past five years since he bought the business from his father.
Kennewick, Wash.—Second-generation shop owner Ryan Mathews has increased use of technology in the five years since he bought Mathews Auto Body from his father.“Every tech now has CCC ONE right in front of them on a large computer screen,” he said. “Every vehicle has a sheet of paper on the window...
The small town of Libby is the site of Ignite the Nights, a three-day automotive event celebrating its 56th year.
IDAHO The 33rd annual Lewiston Hot August Nights (LHAN) is set for Aug. 22-24, in downtown Lewiston. This event features cruises, judged classic car shows, vendors, music, art, and more. The largest auto gathering in the region, LHAN draws hundreds of cars from across the West. For details, visit...
Members and supporters of the Sno-King North Chapter of ASA-NW donate a refurbished GMC mobility van to a disabled veteran.
Seattle—When Candy Johns, co-owner of Suburb Service in Lake Forest Park, was contacted by Mike Flood of the Seattle Seahawks about a woman in need, Johns, her husband and business partner, Howard Musolf, along with numerous members of the Sno-King North Chapter of ASA Northwest, began a project...
Fleet Manager Ron Kahler stands before one of the Vactor rigs his staff maintains for sewer and basin work.
Renton, Wash.—With a fleet of 668 vehicles to service and repair, Ron Kahler said his staff are kept busy each workday at the Fleet Maintenance Services Division of the city of Renton’s Public Works Department.In addition to Kahler, the staff includes seven technicians, two of them certified as an...
NGK hosted a grand opening of its NGK/NTK Venture Lab facility in Silicon Valley.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA NGK Spark Plug Co., Ltd. hosted a grand opening for its Venture Lab, a technical exhibition and collaboration space dedicated to the creation of new business opportunities through open innovation, in Silicon Valley. Officially launched in April of 2018, the Venture Lab...
WAC-STL highlights Rockwood Summit Bio-Diesel Program.“We had a good turnout at Rockwood Summit High School for our monthly membership meeting. We spoke to Darren Peters about his Bio-Diesel Program at the high school and some of the students who design, build, and maintain the vehicles that run on...
Jeff Lovell (left), AMAM, and Dave Burnett, AAM, ASA-NW membership specialist, with Jennifer Filzen prior to her AMI-approved seminar at the ASA-NW retreat.
Suquamish, Wash.—The Clearwater Resort Casino situated on the shores of Agate Passage was the site for the Semi-Annual Retreat & Management Conference of ASA Northwest (ASA-NW) in late June.A golf outing at White Horse Golf Course was stage Thursday, followed by a board meeting and evening...
Prominent MSOs and Independent Owners Join the CARSTAR Family. For John Cothran, who has had two independent locations in Springfield, MO, since 2007, joining CARSTAR offered new resources and benefits to build his business. Opening as CARSTAR Tanner’s Paint and Body – Springfield and CARSTAR...
Before his engineering career, Frank Barnard worked on vehicles such as Lucille Ball’s 1962 Dual Ghia, Eva Braun’s 1938 Mercedes 540K and Clark Gable’s 1935 Duesenberg.
Fremont, Calif.—As a former engineer who worked for several high-tech companies in Silicon Valley for many years, General Manager Frank Barnard of Almost Everything Auto Body and Paint in Fremont, Calif., left the crazy world of startups to enter collision repair.With an expansive menu of services...
Neal Hollingsworth (left) and Carl Schmidt work with all departments at RANDYS Worldwide to ensure products are well engineered, tested, and properly assembled for global customers.
Everett, Wash.—From humble beginnings in Sacramento, Calif., as Randy’s Ring & Pinion, today the company known as RANDYS Worldwide provides differential gears, axles, driveshafts, transmissions, transfer cases, ring and pinions, and a diversity of related products throughout the North America...

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