Southern California

Los Angeles—While vital to performance, the piston ring is the poor stepchild of the high-performance engine, said Keith Jones, technical Expert at Phoenix-based Total Seal. “They get blamed for just about everything. If there is a compression problem, it’s the piston rings. If there is oil...
Garden Grove, Calif.—Ron Hart, president of Powertrain Industries, said his business has seen a 20-25 percent increase in the past two years for a number of reasons, including listening to what his customers say, and adding breadth to the product line by adding a new SKU every day. “We have about 1...
Escondido, Calif.—It’s 7 o’clock on a Saturday morning, and while many are enjoying their slumber or sipping their first cup of coffee to face the day, the radio airwaves crackle to life with the voice of Brian Bowersock. He hosts the hour-long “Auto Talk” on 760 KFMB AM Talk Radio along with co-...
Southern California California Small Business Day 2015 was held recently in Sacramento to recognize 88 small-business owners from across the state for their hard work and success. The event brought together more than 20 California governmental agencies, 90 small-business-friendly legislators, and...
Irvine, Calif.—Nearly a decade ago, in 2006, Kenz & Leslie Distributing recognized that longer lasting vehicles and increased length between manufacturers recommended service intervals would start to take a toll on independent shops revenue by making it more difficult for them to sell...
Bloomington, Calif.—Chris Wilson, CEO of Slauson Transmission Parts, said that the transmission parts business has changed completely since his grandfather, Harvey Wilson founded the company in Los Angeles as Wilson Core Supply in 1956. “The shifting market has encouraged us to make alterations to...
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...
Assured Performance Network in Laguna Hills, has appointed Rick Sparks as vice president of consumer awareness, responsible for eTail marketing, leading Assured Performance’s consumer advocacy efforts, and driving its online and social media presence. “The collision repair industry is ripe for the...
Montebello, Calif.—One of the oldest Chevrolet dealers in the U.S. is Chevrolet of Montebello, formerly Ostrom Chevrolet, opened in 1929, Chris Teague, dealer principal, said. “We put together a deal with the previous owner and opened as Chevrolet of Montebello on May 1, 2010,” he said. “We chose...
Irvine, Calif.—The Automotive Service Councils of California (ASCCA) will present its 2015 Summer Conference, June 12-14, at the Irvine Marriott Hotel, featuring expanded management training sessions and technical training tracks, 2015 ASCCA president Steve Vanlandingham said. “This year’s theme is...

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