Regional Coverage

Sacramento, Calif.—Transitioning from technician to business owner is not as simple as hanging a shingle outside one’s door and expecting business to rush in. But a scant three years later after leaving his job as painter at a large MSO collision repair shop, through careful, methodical growth,...
Appleton, Wis.—Miller Electric Mfg. Co.’s (www.MillerWelds.com) Digital Infinity Series welding helmets feature the largest viewing area in the industry, according to the company, with a 13.4-square-inch viewing area to eliminate tunnel vision. The four arc sensors have four modes: weld, cut, grind...
June 25-28 * Summer Retreat, ASA Northwest, Shilo Inn, Seaside, Ore. Visit www.asanorthwest.com for details and registration. July 3-5 * Pacific Northwest Historics, sponsored by SOVREN Vintage Racing, Pacific Raceways, Kent, Wash. Visit www.sovrenracing.org. July 9-12 * 2015 Portland Vintage...
lbuquerque, N.M.—It’s not often that someone purchases a business by chance, but that’s exactly what Jim Guthrie, owner of Car Crafters, did when he acquired three Hoffmantown Body Shops from Tony Rivera on April 1. The acquisition makes Car Crafters the largest multi-shop operator (MSO) in New...
Troy, Mo.—When he’s not overseeing his four NAPA Auto Parts stores in Troy, Warrenton, Elsberry, and Wentzville, Owner Bob Adams can often be found assisting customers behind the counter. Whether it’s for retail or wholesale customers, it’s what he’s enjoyed most about being in the business since...
Torrance, Calif.—Engine hardware is being developed in conjunction with lower viscosity fluids that are applicable in all types of climates, from extreme cold to tropical, to offer increased fuel economy, an important benefit in meeting escalating CAFE standards, said Doug McGregor, product manager...
San Diego—Mitchell has implemented a seamless two-way interface of Mitchell RepairCenter solution and the PaintManager software color formula retrieval system. Working in tandem, the two systems will help collision facility customers save time and reduce errors by eliminating the need for shop...
ILLINOIS Zara’s Collision Center has been recognized by Ford Motor Co. as a collision repair facility certified by Assured Performance Collision Care. The announcement was made by Brad Zara, president of Zara’s Collision Center. “We take great pride in the F-150 certification,” said Zara. “The 2015...
Editor’s note: The following is excerpted and adapted from the opening address and industry update, “The Long View: Why Be Positive About the Aftermarket,” by Bill Long, AASA president and COO, at the BB&T Capital Markets 8th Annual Automotive Aftermarket Conference, June 2, in New York. New...
Strongsville, Ohio—While the perfect color match and glossy clearcoat get most of the glory, the primer is the foundation of any quality repair. And with PPG Automotive Refinish’s new DPS3105 V-Prime Quick Prime urethane surfacer, body technicians in National Rule markets can move more cars than...

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