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Data shows that the sector is facing demands from both growth and the retirement of current technicians. APSCU's third look at the shortage of skills in America explores the skills gap currently facing the automotive industry.
Partnering with Carm Capriotto, a 35-year automotive aftermarket veteran and owner of Remarkable Results Radio Podcast in Buffalo, N.Y, AutoInc. Audio will offer bimonthly, recorded interviews with the most fascinating ASA-member shop owners featured
ASA
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) will be adding the Preventive Maintenance and Inspection (PMI) test (Test T8) to the requirements for ASE Master Truck Technicians. 
ASE
The Automotive Service Association (ASA) and eMarketing Sherpas announced that the Demand Engine, Review Engine and Digital Lobby systems are now available to all ASA members as a special member benefit.
ASA
Mitchell 1 will hold this year’s first Shop Management Workshop May 12-14 in San Diego, Calif. at the Hotel Solamar.
Mitchell 1
The new mobile app from iATN® gives its members the opportunity to fully participate in all network discussions from their iPhone or iPad.
iATN
Chicago Pneumatic has launched a new series of compact and ergonomic ratchets for the vehicle service industry that delivers exceptional power, durability and user comfort in a large variety of workshop applications. 
Chicago Pneumatic
Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care has reenvisioned and revitalized The Cottman Man as an animated character into “The Cottman Man Educational Video Series.”
While principles of electricity work well in the classroom, the application to reality can sometimes be hard to see. Basic principles of electricity are used in a multitude of diagnostic applications whether you realize it or not.
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The U.S. House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, under the Judiciary Committee, held a hearing today on H.R. 1057, the Promoting Automotive Repair, Trade, and Sales (PARTS) Act. 
ASA

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ITW Evercoat announced that Gas Monkey Garage has selected Evercoat products to help them transform ordinary cars into extraordinary rides.
Gas Monkey Garage
Hypertherm is now accepting orders for its Freedom 38 PPA, an all-in-one unit combining plasma, power and air for cutting in areas without access to electricity.
Hypertherm
PDR Mobile Solutions, LLC launches PDR Mobile 'Pro', the next great evolution of the app that's setting the industry standard when it comes to Paintless dent Repair (PDR) estimating and business management.
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Service King Collision Repair Centers will dedicated a 30-second national radio spot during Westwood One's coverage of Super Bowl 50 to its ongoing pledge of providing at least 500 jobs to the half million unemployed veterans across the country.
Service King
NABR announced the launch of the Arkansas VRS Labor Rate Survey, sponsored by an anonymous Arkansas collision repairer. The online survey is free for all Arkansas collision repair shops and can be found on the NABR website.
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There are things you can do to that may increase your multiple like building scale or investing and training and technology. But in general, the primary way to increase the value of your business is to improve your financials. Here are 5 simple ways
Brad Mewes
Service King Collision Repair Centers, in continuation of its strategic national growth initiative, announced continued expansion in the Columbus, Ohio market through a formal agreement to partner with First Impressions Collision, Inc.
Service King
The Collision Repair Education Foundation has created a new designation program called the “Collision School Career Readiness Benchmark”. Under the new program developed by the Foundation, schools will be classified into three tiers: Tier
Collision Repair Education Foundation
OEConnection (OEC), the parts ecommerce technology leader for original equipment manufacturers’ (OEM) distribution networks, announced that Mazda Canada Inc.  (MCI) has selected the CollisionLink online parts ordering and fulfillment
OEConnection
Mike Anderson will shed light on some of the most important topics affecting shop owners today in two informative seminars at the 39th Annual NORTHEAST 2016 Automotive Services Show, held March 18-20 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus.
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Spork Marketing, an online marketing consultancy that specializes in auto parts and accessories, released a new guide to provide detailed marketing advice for start-up online auto parts retailers.
Jason Lancaster
There could be major technological changes coming to the automotive industry at large and the aftermarket in particular, according to analysts at Capgemini, which released its predictions for 2016.
This week five hundred shop owners, service technicians, Automotive Parts Associates WDs and suppliers are enjoying some time in Cancun, Mexico as participants in the 2016 Professionals’ Choice SunSplash trip.
Automotive Parts Associates
TRW’s North American (NA) Aftermarket Group announced the appointment of Tim Jung as Regional Sales Manager for the Mid-West region.
TRW
The Quality Parts Coalition said its sole mission is to get this  legislation passed in Congress to protect consumers’ access to competitive replacement parts when repairing their cars after an accident.
Quality Parts Coalition
Michael Shellhart, president of the NextGEN Liquidation Group, which has operations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central America and South America, answered questions from Aftermarket Business World about this aspect of the aftermarket.
Michael Shellhart
Icahn Enterprises L.P. today announced that it has closed its acquisition of The Pep Boys — Manny, Moe & Jack in an all-cash transaction for $18.50 per share, or approximately $1.03 billion in aggregate equity value.
Pep Boys
After one year of operating under the Continental umbrella, the U.S.-based home of ContiTech continues to grow and refine its businesses.
ContiTech
AASA and OAC said they are pleased to provide Leadership 2.0 tuition for up-and-coming professionals who want to develop their leadership skills and enhance their global aftermarket careers
AASA
ShowMeTheParts (a division of Vertical Development) recently launched a collaboration with AP Exhaust Technologies to power its new mobile app, which makes it easy to find the correct catalytic converter.
AP Exhaust Technologies

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