Southern California

Manager Keenan Gilbert says Jessup Auto Plaza is investing in a number of equipment upgrades to its body shop.
Cathedral City, Calif.—Keenan Gilbert said the Jessup Auto Plaza dealership’s emphasis on becoming a one-stop location for all of its customers’ automotive needs is serving him well as body shop manager. The dealership is investing in its fixed-operations in a variety of ways, from upgrading...
Bill Hatfield (left), third-generation owner of Hatfield Buick GMC, Michael Madrid, parts manager, and Henry Adame, director of service and body shop manager, are proud of the dealership’s 100-plus year history of customer service.
Redlands, Calif.—Not many dealerships can say they have been voted “Best New Car” or “Best New Truck Dealer” in the whole county; especially if the county is San Bernardino, the largest in the U.S. with an area of 20,105 square miles. Yet, that’s exactly what family-owned Hatfield Buick GMC, which...
SANTA ANA, CA – (April 13, 2017) – Baseball’s back and so is Yokohama Tire Corporation’s (YTC) longtime sponsorship of the Los Angeles Angels. This is the eighth consecutive season in which YTC is a sponsor of the American League West team. Yokohama’s sponsorship includes its corporate logo in the...
Steve McNamara (left) and son, Josh, run H Heaven in Huntington Beach, where they have a variety of fleet accounts, which provide steady business along with daily consumers.
Huntington Beach, Calif.—The “H” in H Heaven, a Huntington Beach service and repair shop, once stood for Honda, though long ago the NAPA AutoCare Center expanded beyond its Honda-only work mix as its expertise in other makes and models accelerated. “The business got started in 1979 as a Honda...
Sacramento, Calif.—The unprecedented growth of California’s new vehicle market between the years 2009 and 2016 was robust and record-setting. For seven consecutive years, registrations not only increased, but also doubled, from 1.04 million to 2.09 million. “After years of steady growth, a level...
Tim Martin, of K&N Engineering, is 2016 SEMA Person of the Year.
Tim Martin, COO of K&N Engineering, in Riverside, was chosen 2016 SEMA Person of the Year for his outstanding contributions to the specialty equipment industry over the course of a year. “SEMA is proud to honor Tim Martin as our 2016 Person of the Year,” SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting...
The career fair hosted more than 300 local students. Students had the opportunity to talk with industry professionals about their future career goals, learn about positions, pass out resumes and tour the Pro Spot manufacturing facility. Zero to 60 Designs’ Kenny Pfitzer also attended with two cars he built for SEMA.
Carlsbad, Calif.—Pro Spot International hosted the Southern California Collision Career Fair in March at Pro Spot’s Headquarters and manufacturing facility in Carlsbad, Calif. The career fair, presented by the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF), hosted more than 300 local students....
Keynote speaker Dr. Mark Quarto discusses how the role of mobile A/C systems has changed and means more service opportunities for MACS members.
Anaheim, Calif.—Amid a historic, record-breaking rainstorm, the Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) 2017 Training Event and Trade Show “made a splash” in Anaheim, Calif., with a large turnout of attendees after a long drought of having the annual event in California. “It was a splashing success...
Torrance, CA, March 1, 2017 - Edelbrock is excited to announce their 12th Annual Car Show, which will be held on Saturday May 6, 2017.On Friday, May 5, 2017, Edelbrock will once again be opening the doors of their corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility to the public for free shop tours....
Notables at the CTDA luncheon include (from left), Matt Burrows, Yokohama; Billy Eordekian, 1-800EveryRim; CTDA President Chris Barry, ITDG; TIA President Tom Formanek, Stellar Industries; Gianlucca Grioni, Pirelli; and SEMA WTC Chairman Joe Findeis, The Plus Sizing Guide.
Nearly 80 attendees representing 46 companies attended the annual California Tire Dealers Association (CTDA)/1-800EveryRim luncheon, Jan. 12 at the Del Rae Restaurant in Pico Rivera. Speakers included Tom Formanek, Tire Industry Association (TIA) president and regional sales manager of Stellar...

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