Regional Coverage

ASA-CO Chairman Brad Pellman and Campus President Kelly Moore present scholarships to Kyle Martin (left, center) and Kevin Gayton (right, center).
MOUNTAIN REGION Members of ASA Colorado recently presented two $2,000 scholarships to two students at Lincoln Tech as part of its Summit program. Receiving scholarships were Kevin Gayton, Automotive Service Management, who has a 4.0 grade and 96.7 percent attendance, and Kyle Martin, Automotive...
The previously named Tanner’s locations have opened as CARSTAR Tanner’s Paint and Body – Springfield and CARSTAR Tanner’s Paint and Body – Willard.
MIDWEST Prominent MSOs and independent owners have joined CARSTAR. For John Cothran, who has had two independent locations in Springfield, Mo., since 2007, said joining CARSTAR offered new resources and benefits to build his business. His locations are now named CARSTAR Tanner’s Paint and Body –...
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...
First-time parts director Eric Schmid installed processes and systems that laid the foundation for growth.
Thornton, Colo.—When Eric Schmid joined Larry H. Miller Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram 104th three years ago, he spent his first year installing and refining new systems and processes to lay the foundation for his part department’s future growth. Two years ago, wholesale revenue was $160,000 a month....
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...

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