Northwest

CHARLOTTE (September 6, 2018) – CARSTAR, North America’s largest multi-store network of independently owned collision repair facilities, announced the opening of CARSTAR Yelm in Yelm, Washington. Matt Earsley, owner of CARSTAR Yelm, started his career at a repair center in Olympia as a facility...
Nathan Griffin works the front counter at Yakima Automotive, a shop he purchased just under two years ago.
Yakima, Wash.—When Nathan Griffin joined the staff at Yakima Automotive as general manager five years ago, he said he became part of a dynasty that Robert Allgaier began in 1979 when the full-service repair shop was opened. “Bob created a remarkable atmosphere for honesty and customer service, and...
Northwest instructors at the ASE Education Foundation instructors conference in Texas included (from left standing) Richie del Puerto, Everett, Wash; Mark Magill, Rathdrum, Idaho; Bill Rustemeyer, Spokane, Wash; Chris von Ravensberg, Seattle, Wash; and ASE’s Walt Commans, Anaheim, Calif.
Frisco, Texas—Several instructors at high school and college-level automotive training program in the Northwest were in attendance at the ASE Education Foundation’s 5th annual Training Conference for Automotive Instructors held July 23-26, near Dallas. “Our goal is to provide the best mix of...
Vintage racers compete in 2017 SOVREN Fall Finale at Kent's Pacific Raceways.
IDAHO      Commercial Tire, founded in Boise, is celebrating its 50th anniversary as a family-owned business. Founder and CEO Bob Schwenkfelder started the business in 1968 and his son, Trent, heads the company operation today. From one location in Boise, the company has grown to 45 stores in Idaho...
Christina and Phil Harmon say remaining independent delivers superior repairs.
Tacoma, Wash.—Ask Phil and Christina Harmon about recent equipment purchases they’ve made at Precision Auto Body, and one brand comes up time after time: Car-O-Liner. The shop has two Car-O-Liner welders, including a spot welder and its most recent addition, the CTR 12,000 resistance spot welder. “...
The 4x4 market is huge and growing, and unless we have another bubble in the economy, I see this market continuing to grow,” says Andy Sokso, of Andy’s Automotive & Off Road.
Olympia, Wash.—Andy Sokso is candid that the off-road segment of his business is a niche market many shops may not want to approach. “I started this about 10 years before my dad retired and it has paid off. The 4x4 market is huge and growing, and unless we have another bubble in the economy, I see...
Bethesda, Md.-The University of the Aftermarket Foundation (UAF) has awarded $130,000 in scholarships to 80 students nationwide, including seven in the Northwest. The scholarships are for the 2018-2019 academic year. “We are pleased that the Aftermarket Foundation can help so many talented students...
Aug. 31-Sept. 2 * Verizon Indy Car Grand Prix, Portland International Raceway, Portland. Visit www.portlandgp.com. Sept. 1-2 * 11th annual Bigfork Rumble in the Bay, downtown Bigfork, Mont. For details, visit www.bigforkrumble.com. Sept. 3 * Roadsters Northwest Car Show & Swap Meet, Frontier...
The ASCCA is very excited about our two special events taking place in conjunction with our September Team Weekend event September 7-9 at Cuyamaca college -- will feature information on the ASCCA Degree Program Sept. 7 from 1-4 p.m., and the Connected Cars Training Sept. 8, from 1-5 p.m. Click the...
Louisville, Ky.-With more than 16,000 students, teachers, and industry partners in attendance, the 54th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference (NLSC) provided hands-on skills contests in 100 various trade, technical, and leadership fields. Held June 25-29, in Louisville, Ky.,...

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