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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...
Jack Jackson says a successful business owner outside the industry has become a friend and business adviser over the years as they each built their businesses.
Palm Desert, Calif.—When Jack Jackson moved “Jack’s Bodyworks” into its new 30,000-square-foot facility last fall, he was finally ready to start using the “World Class Collision” business name he’d registered back in 2000. “I have that level of clientele, but I couldn’t put that name on the old...
Fresno, Calif.—Medco differentiates its PBE supply and mechanical tool and equipment distribution company with market knowledge, value-added services and on-time delivery, said Todd D’Angelo, vice president U.S. sales for the PBE division, serving traditional jobbers, auto parts stores, and mobile...
From left, The office staff at Main Street Garage include Danielle Armijo, customer service specialist; John Tarrant, owner; and his son David Tarrant, manager. They are working with AdvisorFix to help increase customer count.
Upland, Calif.—John Tarrant, owner of Main Street Garage, which was originally Toyotech, said he has invested a lot in new tools and equipment since making the decision to add domestic vehicle repair shop in 2015. “I purchased Toyotech in 2014, but the business had been open since about 1988,” he...
ExperTec Shop Manager Gary Frahm (left) and owner Roy Daneshavske recently expanded into Costa Mesa.
Huntington Beach, Calif.— There’s a twinkle in Roy Daneshavske’s eye when he talks about the future growth of his business.  “We had a good year,” he said. “We have days when we can’t take any more work in.” Some of that is due to the market he said, referring to the population growth that has...

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