July 2015 - Southern California People & Places

Southern California

High Desert resident Fred Goodgame — a Ford master tech, Honda master tech, and now an employee of the BAR — has received the 2015 World Class Technician Award, presented by the Auto Care Association and National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Only 17 individuals qualified for the award by obtaining ASE certification in 22 specialty areas during the 2014 test administered by ASE. “Recipients of the World Class Technician Award are truly the best of the best and the Auto Care Association is proud to recognize these professionals with ASE,” said Kathleen Schmatz, president and CEO of the Auto Care Association. Tim Zilke, president and CEO of ASE, said, “This recognition partnership between the Auto Care Association and ASE represents one of the most significant achievement awards available to our ASE-certified professionals.”

Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC) in Santa Ana is sponsoring two Major League Baseball teams: the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels. YTC’s sports marketing partnership is in its sixth year with the Angels.

Carstar Auto Body Repair Experts has announced that Randy Copp, Southern California director of network development, recently joined the leadership of the Orange County chapter of the California Autobody Association (CAA). Under the direction of Ben Mendoza, chapter president, Copp will serve as a board member and represent the chapter at the CAA State Board quarterly meetings. “We are proud of Randy Copp and what he continues to accomplish at Carstar,” Scott Robertson, vice president of development for Carstar, said.

The Friction Material Standards Institute (FMSI) has once again honored Centric Parts in Industry, manufacturer and supplier of aftermarket brake components and systems for import and domestic vehicles, as the single largest contributor to the FMSI system. It is the 13th year in a row that Centric Parts has been honored for New Assignments & Applications by FMSI, continuing an unbroken streak dating back to the award’s inception in 2003. FMSI President, Patrick Healey, presented the plaque to Centric Parts Product Manager Mario Figueroa. “We’re honored to again receive this award from FMSI,” Centric vice president of Product Management, Brian Griffin III, said.

The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles has new partnerships with some of the world’s most prominent brands, including BMW, Maserati, Ford Motor Co., Lucas Oil, and Landi Renzo. The companies join the Automobile Club of Southern California, Microsoft’s Forza/Xbox, and Belkin’s Linksys division as valued supporters of the museum’s rebirth in December 2015. Select partnership opportunities are still available. For more information about the museum, visit www.petersen.org or call 323/930-CARS.

Carstar Auto Body Repair Experts welcomed John Hine Collision Mission Valley, located at John Hine Mazda in San Diego’s Mission Valley Auto Circle, to North America’s largest collision repair network. “Joining the Carstar network is going to take our shop to the next level of expertise necessary in today’s competitive market,” John Hine said. “After 50 years in the collision repair business, we have seen a lot of changes. By joining Carstar, we will be able to keep our unique identity while having the strength of a nationwide organization behind us.” 

Hedman Performance Group has signed on as the newest sponsor of the Hotchkis Cup Series presented by Nitto Tire, joining MagnaFlow, Meguiar’s, Centerforce, and Red Line Oil. Two California events still remain in the 2015 series, including the NMCA West at the Auto Club Dragway in Fontana, Sept. 18-20, and the NMCA West in Fontana, Oct. 16-18. There will also be a special Hotchkis Cup mini-season at the NMCA West events in which drivers will compete in a season points chase where the scores from their best three events will be combined to determine the overall season winner.

Kyle LeDuc and Toyo Tires have now captured five consecutive wins in the Pro 4 class during the 2015 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at the Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park in Lake Elsinore, winning all but one of the six races this season. “It was an amazing race,” LeDuc said. “We started on the pole and never looked back.” Stan Chen, senior manager of events and sponsorships for Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp., said, “Congratulations to Kyle LeDuc for his back-to-back Pro 4 class sweeps.”

MagnaFlow, in Rancho Santa Margarita, recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of its 280,000-square-foot Oceanside facility. The additional 100,000-plus square feet will bring the company’s square footage in Southern California to more than 500,000.  “This expansion will provide us with increased capacity to continue to supply superior catalytic converter and performance exhaust manufacturing, development, and distribution; further growth; and support future MagnaFlow ventures into new markets,” MagnaFlow President Dan Paolone said.

Urethane Supply Co. has four new instructors across the country who will be delivering the company’s new I-CAR Industry Training Alliance course on plastic repair. Peter Vann will present the three-hour “Introduction to Nitrogen Plastic Welding” course in Southern California shops for up to three technicians. It includes hands-on training with five common bumper-repair scenarios, including thermoset polyurethane, a.k.a. the “yellow plastic.” The company is actively seeking other instructors across the country to deliver the new course in shops. For information, contact Kurt Lammon at 800-633-3047.

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