Regional Coverage

CTDA introduced it new board members.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA The California Tire Dealers Association (CTDA) introduced its new board of directors at a recent meeting. Billy Eordekian, president of 1-800EveryRim-OEM Wheels will serve as the CTDA President, and Chris Barry of the Independent Tire Dealer Group (ITDG) becomes the association’...
The wholesale parts phone room staff at Landmark Ford received the Ford Million Dollar Club award. They include (from left)  Marlin McCombs, Ryan Jeffers, Jim Stevens (presenting award), Shayne Bishop, Dave Russell, Kevin Henrikson, Jon Ortega, and Dan Gahan.
IDAHO      Fix Auto USA has announced the opening of its first member collision shops in the state, Fix Auto Coeur d’Alene and Fix Auto Post Falls. “Entering Idaho represents an exciting new frontier for our brand,” said Paul Gange, Fix Auto USA CEO. Operated by franchise partner David Tuttle, the...
Students use bio-diesel from waste oil and use it in two trucks and a special long distance competition car.
RIVER VALLEY WAC-STL meeting highlighted the Rockwood Summit Bio-Diesel Program. “We had a good turnout at Rockwood Summit High School for our monthly membership meeting,” said Jess Crump, vice president of WAC-STL. “We spoke to Darren Peters about his bio-diesel program and some of the students...
Kukui has secured $27 million in investment funding.
NATIONAL Kukui Corporation has announced it has secured $27 million in Series A funding. The strategic growth investment from Memphis-based SSM Partners will provide Kukui with resources to accelerate continued platform innovation, rapid market expansion, expanded customer services, and support...
Parts Manager Brian Bare rotates counter people out into the field so that they can shake hands and visit shop customers.
Vallejo, Calif.— By intently concentrating on providing the right parts for its busy Toyota Express Maintenance (TXM) system, Toyota of Vallejo’s Parts Manager Brian Bare is able to keep everything moving along at a rapid pace. To provide factory-scheduled service quickly and accommodate as many as...
Jason Altman, owner of General Automotive Supply, says dozens of DELO pallets are sold each month.
Lake Oswego, Ore.—From an urban setting near downtown Portland, General Automotive Supply Co. relocated to a quiet residential/commercial neighborhood in 2015 and has continued healthy growth, even though the company is some distance from its longtime location. Founded in 1946 by Benjamin and...
The Mountlake Terrace, Wash., training center is also the BASF training center for Washington state.
Lynnwood, Wash.—As part of its commitment to being a partner in its customers’ success, Wesco has understood from the start how vital training is in operational improvement, said Jay White, operations manager. So it provides a number of options, including in-shop training, partnering with career...
 From left are Ted Davis, SPC vice president; Max Davis, president; Lori Anderson of NAPA; Chris Roshon, vice president/general manager; and Michael Farrar, NAPA assistant sales manager at the Seattle DC.
Spanaway, Wash.—Standard Parts Corp. (SPC) is a business that has shown continued growth since it was founded in 1977 by Rick Davis, who remains chairman of the board. Today, with seven NAPA stores in Pierce and Thurston counties, daily operations are managed by three partners: Max and Ted Davis,...
The crew at Pleasant Hill Collision Repair repairs 50-60 vehicles every month out of a 6,500-square-foot facility.
Pleasant Hill, Calif.—By pursuing certified aluminum repair and working on any vehicle that comes through the doors without exception, Aaron Silva at Pleasant Hill Collision Repair stays busy. Repairing 50-60 vehicles every month out of a 6,500-square-foot facility employing a crew of eight, Silva...
From l; Azar Automotive Service Manager Jason Marsh, Mary Beth Neukomm, Technician Joe Howell, Owner Mike Neukomm, Technician John Morris, Technician Jackson Smith, and Service Advisor Jim Orf.
Vinita Park, Mo.— Mike Neukomm started doing digital inspections in 2013 when he saw the trend taking root, then switched to Autovitals SmartFlow two years ago and hasn’t looked back. Neukomm, owner of Azar Automotive, participates in training and coaching through ATI (Automotive Training Institute...

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