Regional Coverage

Ron Reichen will serve on Assured Performance’s 2016 board of directors for its Co-Op entity representing the Northwest Region.
OREGON Performance Warehouse (PW), based in Portland, has acquired Interstate Auto Parts Warehouse (IAPW), in Salem, that has been owned and operated by retiring Ann Patterson for 38 years. IAPW serves the general automotive industry but specializes in fleet and government agency business. The...
Chris Whim stands in the lobby of his Merriam shop. The NAPA Service Assistant used with the TV in the lobby helps Whim explain specific repairs to customers.
Merriam, Kan.—In an era when business owners are encouraged to find a niche, it’s nice to find an independent shop owner willing to do it all. That’s exactly what Chris Whim and his staff at Mission Auto Service are doing successfully. “We work on everything, from A to Z,” said Whim, adding he...
ORLANDO, Fla. -- AAA projects the number of year-end holiday travelers will top 100 million for the first time on record. Nearly one in three Americans will take a trip this holiday season, with 100.5 million expected to journey 50 miles or more from home. This represents a 1.4 percent increase...
SONOMA, Calif. (Dec. 12, 2015) – More than 450 people enjoyed a day of holiday cheer at Sonoma Raceway on Saturday at the 11th annual “Race to the Holidays” Children’s Christmas Party. The raceway hosted nearly 300 Sonoma Valley children and their families at the event, which featured caroling,...
San Jose, CA – Kukui Corporation, a developer of marketing software solutions for automotive repair shops, has been named a Preferred Supplier of the Automotive Training Institute, one of the industry’s leading coaching and management consulting companies.As a Preferred Supplier, Kukui will become...
South San Francisco, Nov 30th, 2015 – San Francisco based SSF Imported Auto Parts signed  an agreement with Norcross, GA based German Auto Parts, Inc. to acquire substantially all its assets. German Auto Parts, Inc., based in an Atlanta suburb, was founded in 1970, and is a leading specialist WD...
SONOMA, Calif. (Dec. 1, 2015) – Sonoma Raceway will host one of the world’s most unique endurance races this weekend, as the 24 Hours of LeMons hosts its season finale on the wine country road course, Dec. 5-6. Put away any notions of sleek-bodied, turbo-charged, million dollar pieces of...
Chris Carlson Hot Rods, of Mulvane, Kan., debuted its 1949 Buick Sedanette at the NAPA/Martin Senour booth, which featured the Tec/BASE premium refinish system color Granite (PCRS23) of the Martin Senour Rod & Restoration Color Deck on the exterior and Dark Blue Denim (PCRC30) for the engine and wheels.
SEMA attendance was reported to be more than 100,000 this year and occupied one million net square feet.
Rich Roger (standing), 3M key account manager, conducts a clinic on aluminum SOP repair process for collision shop owners and managers.
Keystone Automotive and 3M held an open house and body shop clinic at Keystone’s Ontario facility, Oct. 14, which provided attendees the opportunity to get hands-on experience. The clinic sessions, conducted by Rich Roger, Armando Mungula, and Joanna Murrieta, covered respirator fit, aluminum SOP...
Olympia, Wash.—A family-owned automotive business in Washington’s capitol city is thriving today with three operations, said Tod Holmstrom, co-owner of Terry’s Automotive Group with his brother, Robert. “Most all of this is based on what our father, Terry, established over his years here at the...

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