Southern California

San Rafael, Calif. – March 21, 2018 –PaceSetter Exhaust Systems of Phoenix, Arizona has been acquired by Van Nuys, California-based Diversified Environmental Catalysts, Inc. (DEC). PaceSetter Performance Products bring over 43 years of industry service and knowledge to the catalytic converter...
STRONGSVILLE, OHIO – MARCH 20, 2018 -- There's a special addition to this year's upcoming Goodguys Meguiar's Del Mar Nationals: PPG and the Goodguys Rod and Custom Association have teamed up to create the PPG Lowrider Palace, a special indoor display featuring some of the most dazzling lowriders...
CONCORD, N.C. (March 19, 2018) – 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division and Mark Oja, automotive celebrity, head of California Speed & Custom and the leader of the A Team on Velocity Channel’s “Overhaulin’”, are teaming up for the upcoming AutoFair at Charlotte Motor Speedway, held April 5 through...
Members of the Mitchell 1 Leadership Team celebrate Mitchell 1 Day with a proclamation from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors (from left): David Niemiec, general manager; Kevan Butler, director of human resources; Ben Johnson, director of product management; Dave Ellingen, president; Nick DiVerde, senior director of marketing; Jeff Grier, senior director of product development; and Scott DeGiorgio, general manager.
/*-->*/ POWAY, Calif. – March 12, 2018 – Chairwoman Kristin Gaspar and all the members of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors declared Thursday, March 8, 2018 as “Mitchell 1 Day” throughout San Diego County. This proclamation was made to congratulate Mitchell 1 on its 100th anniversary and...
John Hartman, of NAPA AutoCare San Diego, is the February ASCCA Partner of the month.
The ASCCA Revenue and Benefits Committee has selected John Hartman of NAPA AutoCare San Diego as ASCCA’s February Partner of the Month. Each month, an ASCCA partner is recognized for its steadfast support of ASCCA, its members, the automotive repair industry, and commitment to ASCCA. “The success...
Greg Sunds (right) manages the Hemet location of 1st Certified Collision Centers, while Ron Villard oversees both the Hemet and San Bernardino shops.
Hemet, Calif.—At 7:35 a.m. each weekday, the entire staff of the Hemet location of 1st Certified Collision Centers meets to review, car by car, what is slated for completion that day. Shop manager Greg Sunds lists those vehicles on a dry erase board located in the production area. At 2 p.m., the...
From left: Salerno’s co-owners Mark and Robert Salerno, Office Manager Elaine Salerno, and Bailey, official customer greeter, work hard to maintain the shop’s five-star Yelp rating.
Redlands, Calif.—Salerno’s Automotive Servicenter is a full-service auto repair shop, founded by Robert Salerno, who has served the auto, truck, and RV repair needs of the Inland Empire community since 1966. “My dad worked at local dealerships, owned service stations, and leased and operated a...
Sacramento, Calif.—The California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced that JEGS Automotive Inc. will pay $1,700,500 to resolve violations of anti-pollution laws related to the sales and marketing of illegal aftermarket performance parts in California. The penalty is the largest in CARB history for...
Parts adviser Ben Salgado stands in Dependable Dodge’s new parts warehouse, where Parts Manager Dean Taylor plans to implement an inventory management system based on one developed by IKEA.
Canoga Park, Calif.—Dependable Dodge in Canoga Park had outgrown its warehouse and distribution center and has just recently relocated its facility a few blocks from its dealership in early February. The parts center had been managed from its on-site department, as well as a 5,000-square-foot off-...
SACRAMENTO, CA – The California green vehicle market continues to experience increases year over year, particularly in the electric vehicle space where sales increased more than 30 percent in 2017 from 2016, making up 2.5 percent of total new vehicle sales for the year. However, according to the...

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