Regional Coverage

STAUNTON, Virginia, July 17, 2018 – It was a day of fun, food and excitement, as well as getting the chance to test their driving skills with a NASCAR legend, when customers of Federated member Vaca Valley Auto Parts participated in a “Get Dirty with Kenny” dirt track driving experience. “As usual...
WINDSOR, Wis., July 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Diesel Forward® has signed an agreement to purchase the assets of Central Motive Power (CMP). The anticipated close date is mid-August, 2018. Both companies distribute diesel engine parts for leading global manufacturers such as Bosch®, Stanadyne®,...
STAUNTON, Virginia, July 12, 2018 – From an appearance at Federated member Foreign Auto and Truck Supply (F.A.T.S) Auto Parts Warehouse to his first time racing in the state of Alaska, NASCAR legend and Federated spokesperson Kenny Schrader made quite an impression during his recent visit to the...
CHARLOTTE (July 9, 2018) — In support of their ongoing exclusive partnership with the CARSTAR St. Louis Business Group, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, through their Enterprise Holdings Foundation, donated $2,500 to CARSTAR’s charitable efforts to fund research, treatment and advocacy for cystic fibrosis. ...
SACRAMENTO – The Automotive Service Councils of California is proud to announce that Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-35) has named ASCCA Treasurer John Villa, of Villa Automotive, the 35th Assembly District’s Small Business of the Year. Every year, the California Small Business Association hosts...
From left: The staff at family-owned Tokyo Automotive repair includes Tatsu Tsuchida, vice president of operations, Jasper Taunt, service writer, Aki Tsuchida, president and co-founder, Kimi Tsuchida, Tatsu’s mother and bookkeeper, and Arturo Dieguez, technician.
Placentia, Calif.— Akio “Aki” Tsuchida, president and co-founder of Tokyo Automotive Repair, with locations in Buena Park and Placentia, is the epitome of the American Dream, said his son. “Dad’s been working on Toyotas since high school where he attended Jidosha Seibikunrensha (which literally...
The front office team at Fix Auto Anaheim North includes David Caulfield, owner, David’s daughter and Customer Care Manager Brittany Caulfield, and Customer Hostess Stephanie Dolan (seated).
Anaheim, Calif.—Fix Auto Anaheim North opened the doors of its 20,350-square-foot specialized collision services center just four months ago, after a two-year, $1.6 million complete remodel of the Anaheim landmark building, built in 1918, and it’s already changing the way people see a body shop...
Steve Finzel became a NAPA AutoCare Center in 2006. “NAPA is the best shop affiliation program in the business by far,” he says.
Terre Haute, Ind.—In a smaller market area, Steve Finzel, owner of Finzel’s Mastertech, has been able to maintain a prosperous shop by doing just a few simple things. “I think what has made the shop successful is being able to stay one step ahead of the competition, which includes dealerships,...
Kurt Hammond, west region director of sales, discussed Sherwin-Williams value-added services.
Lakewood, Colo.—Working in a city like Denver that is experiencing boom-style growth is great for reaching sales and profitability goals, says Kurt Hammond, but he also advocates keeping processes top of mind, even during an economic swell. “Right now, all of our customers’ shops are busy,” said...
James Barlow (left), parts manager at BMW Northwest, and Troy Olason, business development manager for Advantage Parts Solutions, work closely together to create high quality customer service for collision repair shops.
Seattle, Wash.—Advantage Parts Solutions is not the typical OEM wholesale parts program with hub and delivery operations, but its success is measured in how its clients “recognize our comprehensive approach and value the information we provide,” said Troy Olason, business development manager for...

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