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  • OTC hosts ribbon-cutting ceremony for MHC Diesel Technician Training Center
    Ozarks Technical Community College officials and industry partners celebrated the grand opening of the MHC Diesel Technician Training Center Jan. 28 at the OTC Springfield, MO Campus. The capital project was made possible through a $1 million matching grant from the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
  • 3-Week Governmental Shutdown Reprieve Opens Door to SBA/Bank Financing for Shop Owners
    Art Blumenthal LLC, an automotive aftermarket-specific business broker, is utilizing the 3-week window created by the end of the federal government shutdown to expedite the closings of tire and auto service shops that have been stalled for the past month due to lack of loan guarantee processing of the Small Business Administration, a U.S. government agency.
  • NADA Foundation Promotes Technician Jobs to Consumers; Aims to Fill Seats in Training Programs
    The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Foundation has announced the next phase of its Workforce Initiative, which includes the launch of a new consumer-facing website – www.nadafoundation.org to promote the value of service technician jobs and provide the first and only centralized source of all OEM and industry training programs and scholarship opportunities for aspiring technicians.
  • Federated and Pronto to Hold Combined National Member Meeting in Florida
    Pronto and Federated will hold their second combined national conference and expo, March 12-15 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
  • Car Care Council Now an International Organization
    The Car Care Council today announced an agreement with the Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA Canada) and the Asociación Nacional de Representantes, Importadores y Distribuidores de Refacciones y Accesorios para Automóviles, A.C. (ARIDRA) to create Car Care Council North America to direct the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
  • ZF Expands TRW Corner Module Coverage to an Additional 269 Million Vehicles
    TRW has added an additional 214 SKUs to its Branded Corner Module product ranges, rounding out 2018 with more than 670 new parts added throughout 2018, expanding TRW’s line of OE-quality products for braking, steering and suspension.
  • SEMA Hall of Fame Seeks Nominations
    SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association, is seeking nominations for its Hall of Fame at www.sema.org/hof
  • Carquest Names Technician of the Year
    Carquest Independent recently named Carquest customer Bret Lamoreaux as the TECHNET Professional ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year for 2018.
  • Michigan Can Title Military Surplus Vehicles
    The Michigan legislature passed a bill to allow for the registration of a “military surplus vehicle” as a “historic vehicle.” The bill has been sent to Governor Rick Snyder for his approval.
  • MAHLE Names Head of Automotive Sales and Application Engineering
    Martin Wellhöffer will assume the management of Automotive Sales and Application Engineering at MAHLE as of April 1. He will succeed Arnd Franz (53), who leaves the company of his own request on March 31.
  • Valvoline Launches Career Accelerator Platform for Jobseekers, and Employers
    Valvoline Inc. recently announced the launch of its Auto Career Accelerator (ACA), an online recruiting platform that connects thousands of emerging professionals to open positions in both the automotive services and heavy-duty industries.
  • Bosch Adds Repair-Source to ADS 325 and 625 Diagnostic Tools
    Bosch Automotive Aftermarket recently announced the addition of the exclusive Repair-Source service information database to its ADS series professional diagnostic scan tools in North America.
  • Rancho Earns SEMA’s ‘Best Off-Road/4-Wheel Drive Product’
    The new, Rubicon-tested Rancho 2- and 3.5-inch sport suspension systems for Jeep Wrangler JL Unlimited 4WD models recently won the Specialty Equipment Market Association’s (SEMA) “Best Off-Road/4-Wheel Drive Product” of the year award. The engineering and product teams at Rancho performance suspension and shocks spent time field-testing and refining the suspension design before taking it to market.    
  • New Text Program Informs Students of Available Scholarships
    The University of the Aftermarket Foundation (UAF) has introduced a new text program for students, parents and instructors that would like to learn about automotive scholarship opportunities. Interested parties who text in their name and email address to 720-903-2206 will receive an instant response providing introductory details about the UAF scholarship program.
  • Cardone to Give Away All-American –‘77 Tran AM
    CARDONE Industries recently announced it will give away a 1977 Pontiac Trans Am Firebird in a giveaway sweepstakes geared toward automotive technicians, DIYers and car enthusiasts. Cardone customers can enter to win this signature “Smokey and the Bandit”-inspired vehicle through in-store and online purchases, as well as select live events such as webinars and car shows.
  • "Bullitt" Mustang Goes on Display
    One of the most iconic movie cars of all time, a 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 Fastback – the “Bullitt” Mustang – has found a new temporary home. It will be on display through April 25 at America’s Car Museum (ACM) in Tacoma, Wash.
  • MEMA Honors Retiring President/CEO Steve Handschuh
    The Board of Directors of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) presented President and CEO Steve Handschuh with the association’s highest honor, the MEMA Triangle Award, at its Nov. 28 meeting. Handschuh retired as MEMA’s top executive Dec. 31, 2018.
  • Permatex Names Lee Burtelson as New VP & General Manager
    Permatex recently announced several organizational changes in its Automotive Aftermarket (AAM) Group. These include the appointment of Lee Burtelson as new vice president and general manager for engine repair, the retirement of his predecessor Andy Robinson, and the promotion of Dan Clarke to lead traditional aftermarket sales. The announcement was made by Mark Severin, ITW Automotive Aftermarket (AAM) group president.
  • S/P2 Careers Surpasses 50,000 Resumes to Help Shops Find Students
    S/P2 Careers has reached another important milestone as it has surpassed 50,000 resumes in its S/P2 Careers system. The S/P2 Careers resume database is fueled by career tech students looking for full-time, part-time and internship opportunities as entry-level technicians, according to the company.