Southern California People & Places - November 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown, Sen. Leader Kevin de León, and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins held a joint press conference recently to announce that they were repealing Senate Bill 350’s provision requiring vehicle petroleum use be cut in half by 2030. The other two provisions to increase renewable energy use by 50 percent and double energy efficiency in existing buildings remain intact. “ASCCA maintains that if passed, Senate Bill 350 would still give broad authority to the California Air Resources Board (CARB), allowing them to unilaterally adopt new regulations without taking into account the impact on jobs and the economy,” Steve Vanlandingham, ASCCA president, said. “Furthermore, the remaining two provisions would result in skyrocketing energy costs for individual ratepayers and small businesses.”

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has sent a letter to automobile manufacturers notifying them that it will begin using enhanced testing procedures for modern light-duty diesel vehicles to determine compliance with emission levels to which they were originally certified. CARB also made the following statement regarding actions related to cars with diesel engines manufactured by Volkswagen. “The California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the EPA are working with Volkswagen to evaluate potential recall solutions for the affected vehicles.” Both CARB and EPA will evaluate the technical solutions that Volkswagen develops to ensure their emissions performance is corrected back or close to expected levels in real world driving.

Redline Detection, in Orange, has named Bill Woods as the company’s senior sales executive in charge of heavy-duty markets. “With Bill’s engineering knowledge and his impressive track record in heavy duty diagnostics, he is uniquely equipped to partner with our heavy-duty customers to provide solutions to their most challenging after-treatment problems,” Alex Parker, executive vice president of Redline Detection, said. “We’re thrilled to have him on our team.”

The Petersen Automotive Museum, in Los Angeles, has added automotive personality, Greg Penske, chairman and CEO of Penske Motor Group (PMG), to its board of directors. “I am honored to be elected to the Petersen Automotive Museum’s board,” Penske said. “The museum is the focal point of car culture in California and beyond. I look forward to working with the museum’s dedicated board members to help make the Petersen one of the world’s leading automotive museums.” The Museum is scheduled to re-open to the public following a 13-month total transformation on Dec. 7.

Arlon Graphics, in Placentia, makers of automotive graphics, has promoted David Neidell to vice president—international responsible for strategy, growth and P&L for Arlon in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. “David’s experience in crafting a strategic vision and executing on that vision will help strengthen Arlon’s position in emerging markets where we have significant growth opportunities,” Phil LaFata, vice president of sales and Marketing, Arlon Graphics, LLC, said.

Falken Tires, in Rancho Cucamonga, and Major League Baseball (MLB) have signed a multi-year integrated marketing agreement, beginning in the 2016 MLB season, designating Falken Tires as the Official Tire of Major League Baseball. “We look forward to collaborating with Major League Baseball as we expand our brand awareness and sports marketing portfolio,” Richard Smallwood, president and CEO of Falken Tires, said. “Pairing with one of the most popular sports in the world is a great opportunity for Falken Tires to grow and expand into new markets.”

Edelbrock, in Torrance, has announced its Top It Off promotion where participating consumers can get a free Performer Series or Thunder Series AVS carburetor when they purchase a new Power Package top end kit through Dec. 31.

The September dinner meeting of ASCCA Chapter 48, held at the Embassy Suites in Brea, featured guest speaker Cory King, automotive industry labor law attorney, litigator, and national industry speaker. Topics covered understanding new labor laws and what is affecting the industry. “It was a great meeting with great information,” Rocky Khamenian, owner of Bimmer & Benz Specialists, in Costa Mesa, said. “It’s so good to be a part of this association.”

Chief University, the training arm of Chief Automotive Technologies, has opened a new training center in Irvine, housed in Chief’s Irvine specification and research facility, and will host sessions developed for collision repair technicians and estimators in the Western U.S. throughout the year. “The Irvine specification center is a perfect location for Chief University training courses,” Ken Boylan, global training manager for Chief, said. “Trainees will be able to participate in classes that cover the latest techniques and tools, and get a glimpse at how Chief is developing data for the vehicles they will be repairing in the future.”

CAWA Board Chairman Ward Myers of WORLDPAC has appointed Thurston Adams of Heri Automotive to the association’s board of directors as the representative of the Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG). “CAWA has committed to a stronger relationship with YANG,” Myers said, “and Adams, an Arizona auto care business leader, is a perfect fit for the association. We are pleased that he will join our leadership team and get involved in CAWA.”

Service King Collision Repair Centers has expanded for the first time into San Diego through a partnership with Carter’s Collision Service Inc. and its five repair facilities. With the acquisition, Service King now operates 20 collision repair centers in Southern California. “I cannot think of a better fit and future for my teammates,” Greg Carter, owner of Carter Collision Services, said. Chris Anderson, Service King regional vice president, said, “What Service King brings to the table is a bright future and opportunities for all of the staff. I am excited to assist Service King with their growth in the San Diego market.”



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