Regional Coverage

From left: Mort Schwartz, past CAWA chairman, and Greg Livingston, of All Trade Tools, present CAWA scholarships to Naomi Rivas, Christina Schneider, Stephanie Garcia, Ernesto Candelario, Michael Ni, who are five of the 14 recipients.
Newport Beach, Calif.—CAWA has announced the recipients of its 2018 scholarship awards. CAWA provided $11,750 in scholarships this year to 15 individuals of which 10 students also received a $500 Powerbuilt certificate donated by All Trade Tools. “Once again, CAWA is proud to assist these young...
SC Diesel Repair & Performance Owner Evan Schuster (right) with, from left, technicians Evan Breheim and Jordan Brown, show off the block for a 6.7-L Cummins the shop is building to 1,200 HP for a street/strip shortbed Dodge.
Boonville, Mo.—Sometimes you can have your cake and eat it, too. Those accustomed to pumping up gasoline engines’ output are aware of how, as performance goes up, reliability and fuel economy often go down. But owners of diesel light trucks needing major engine repairs can get better fuel economy...
Alan Kurtzberg, service director, says Phases has invested in two mobile repair units to service his fleet customers. He took over operations management approximately one year ago after being recruited by owners Jeff and Debby Miller.
Colorado Springs, Colo.—When Jeff and Debby Miller, co-owners of Phases Truck & Automotive Repair, recruited Alan Kurtzberg for the service director role at their shop, he was already 12 years into his career and had served four years in the U.S. military. “I’d reached a point in my career...
Louisville, Ky.-With more than 16,000 students, teachers, and industry partners in attendance, the 54th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference (NLSC) provided hands-on skills contests in 100 various trade, technical, and leadership fields. Held June 25-29, in Louisville, Ky.,...
Richard Zbinden, owner of Z-1 Automotive, started his business as a one-man shop in 1996 and says it has grown into one of the most successful in his area.
Greenville, Ill.—Z-1 Automotive has flourished in this rural market for the last decade as Richard Zbinden has adapted to keep up with growth and the changing automotive industry. The shop started as a one-man operation in 1996 when Zbinden decided to purchase a lift and install it in a building he...
Greg (left) and Spencer Hodes are second- and third-generation transmission business leaders at Transmission Exchange Co. in Portland.
Federal Way, Wash.—A vehicle’s powertrain system is the lifeblood of generating power and delivering it to the road. Working in conjunction with one another, engines, transmissions, drive shafts, differentials, and other components are key to the functionality of vehicles. And in today’s world of...
SONOMA, Calif. (July 29, 2018) – Long-time Sonoma Raceway Drag Racing Manager Georgia Seipel was inducted into the Sonoma Raceway Wall of Fame today during pre-race ceremonies for the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals. Seipel, who retired earlier this year after a 30-year career in Sonoma, is the...
DENVER (July 26, 2018) – According to the Colorado Education Association, Colorado teachers reach into their own pockets every year and spend on average $656 for supplies for their students and classrooms. To ease those financial burdens and assist local youth, Larry H. Miller Dealerships will...
Bethesda, Md.—The Auto Care Association has urged the Trump administration to consider the severity of unintended consequences that may ensue by imposing tariffs on imported autos and auto parts, including the negative impact it would have on both the U.S. automotive industry and the jobs created...
Bethesda, Md.—The U.S. automotive aftermarket is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.4 percent through 2021, according to the “2018 Joint Channel Forecast Model” produced jointly by the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) and the Auto Care Association. The...

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