Regional Coverage

The ATS eScope Elite will be demonstrated in the Auto Master Training booth at ATE.
SeaTac, Wash.-In addition to more than 60 management and technical classes, there will be more than 50 exhibitors at the Automotive Training Expo (ATE), held at the DoubleTree Hotel across from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, March 16-18. The trade show will be on Friday and Saturday evenings...
Gascat LLC is the exclusive U.S. importer and distributor of Italian-made Greentech Dryers. Pictured, from left, are Greentech Dryers CEO Francesco Bertoli, Gascat LLC owner Johan Huwaert, Gascat Business Development Manager Rob Martin, and Colorado distributor John Baker, owner of John Baker Sales.
Englewood, Colo.—In a market re-launch, the newly formed Gascat LLC is now the exclusive U.S. importer and distributor of Italian-made Greentech Dryers, makers of gas catalytic infrared (IR) drying equipment. Gascat is owned and operated by Johan Huwaert, who also serves as general manager of...
Will Rogers returns to Denver from Spokane, Wash., to serve as the Denver DC’s general manager.
MOUNTAIN Will Rogers has been named general manager for NAPA’s Denver distribution center. He replaces Riley Pratt. Rogers’ career with NAPA spans 31 years, which began in Albuquerque, then in Denver where he served as the DC’s district manager and sales manager for eight years, Spokane, Washington...
MIDWEST Two license plate bills have been introduced in the South Dakota House of Representatives. The first bill would increase the mileage limitation from 6,000 to 9,000 miles per year for special-interest vehicles and permit the vehicles to have personalized plates. A second bill would allow...
The Quanz family opened a third collision repair center in Rio Rancho last December. General Manager Adam Quanz says the shop has already exceeded volume expectations.
Rio Rancho, N.M.—When Adam Quanz, general manager of Quanz Auto Care, began to experience overcapacity at his family’s main body shop at Paseo Del Norte and Eagle Ranch Road NW in Albuquerque, he stopped to analyze where the additional customers were coming from.  Confirming his suspicion, the...
NEVADA Reno Paint Mart has joined the BASF ColorSource community in Nevada, and will carry R-M Diamont and LIMCO Supreme products. Reno Paint Mart is a multi-store organization that offers industrial, automotive, interior and exterior house paint to customers. As part of the ColorSource community,...
Greg Sunds (right) manages the Hemet location of 1st Certified Collision Centers, while Ron Villard oversees both the Hemet and San Bernardino shops.
Hemet, Calif.—At 7:35 a.m. each weekday, the entire staff of the Hemet location of 1st Certified Collision Centers meets to review, car by car, what is slated for completion that day. Shop manager Greg Sunds lists those vehicles on a dry erase board located in the production area. At 2 p.m., the...
Crowds on the floor of the 2017 Boise Roadster Show, one of the best-attended car shows in the West.
IDAHO The 46th annual Boise Roadster Show, sponsored by O’Reilly Auto Parts, will be March 9-11, at Expo Idaho in Boise with Chip Foose, one of the nation’s leading designers and builders, as the show’s special guest. The event is a Western Division Summit Show Car Series stop, and children can...
High-tech service equipment allows Bienie’s to work on the latest vehicles, including recalibrating those with ADAS, while keeping work in-house, says Owner Aaron Bien.
Ottawa, Kan.—Staying on top of the latest technology is a tradition for Aaron Bien, owner of Bienie’s Body Shop & Repair, whose family began in the collision and mechanical repair business more than 60 years ago. So even though he just paid off the tire service and alignment equipment he bought...
Bill Garoutte succeeds Chuck Sulkala as the head of NABC.
NATIONAL The National Auto Body Council (NABC) has announced that Bill Garoutte has been selected to take the helm at the organization, succeeding Chuck Sulkala, NABC’s founder and executive director who retired at the end of 2017. In his new position, Garoutte will be responsible for developing...

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