Regional Coverage

Sacramento, Calif.—For the first time in years, the automotive service technology program at American River College (ARC) has more jobs available for its graduates than it has students trained to take those jobs. John McCormack and Ben French, who co-chair the program, said their situation...
Northridge, Calif.—When Carlos Menjivar and his wife, Guille, owners of Omega Automotive and Northridge Body Works decided to purchase the collision shop, they found it presented both opportunities and challenges. “The shop started as Omega Transmissions with two bays in May of 2001, just up the...
Gov. Jerry Brown, Sen. Leader Kevin de León, and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins held a joint press conference recently to announce that they were repealing Senate Bill 350’s provision requiring vehicle petroleum use be cut in half by 2030. The other two provisions to increase renewable energy use by...
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Oct. 31-Nov. 1 * Progressive International Motorcycle Show, Oregon Convention Center, Portland. Visit www.motorcycleshows.com. Oct. 31-Nov. 2 * 68th annual Business & Education Conference (in conjunction with AAIW), Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA), The Venetian, Las Vegas....
(Sacramento, CA. - October 22, 2015)   CAWA, a regional automotive trade association, today announced that Charles Tyson, EVP Merchandising, Marketing , Supply Chain of Advance Auto Parts will keynote their 2015 Gala Dinner to "kick -off" Industry Week in Las Vegas next month. The gala will be held...
Southfield, Michigan, October 22, 2015—October is National Fall Car Care Awareness Month, and Federal-Mogul Motorparts wants to help educate consumers about the importance of regular vehicle maintenance.  On Saturday, October 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. PDT, the Garage Gurus(TM) at Motorparts' Van...
Performance Plus Tire & Automotive Superstore is gearing up to prepare for their 18th annual Thanksgiving Day Food Drive. The annual food drive, set to take place Sunday, Nov. 22, from 8 a.m. to 11:30am.  It will be held at their “locally world famous” retail store location at 3910 Cherry Ave,...
Portland, Ore.—Business continues to grow for Tonkin Parts Center, and with that comes challenges, such as accommodating the more than 2,000 phone orders coming into its call center and maintaining high standards for quality and service. The solution was to bring e-commerce to its parts ordering...
Kirkwood, Mo.—Walk into Combs Auto Service and Tire Center on Big Bend Boulevard in Kirkwood and you might notice that something is missing in the shop’s reception area: tires and displays of other parts typically found in the lobby of most auto repair facilities. The absence of those products —...

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