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Cindy and Bob Cowie had each spent nearly 20 years working hard at their jobs. But 18 years ago, they both decided if they were going to work so hard, they may as well do it for themselves.
Trico Products Corporation recently announced that four new parts numbers have been added to the TRICO Force product line. The premium high-performance beam blade now offers the 25-251, 25-281, 25-290 and 25-291 parts numbers for a total of 16 S
trico, trico products
Dates for the next Tire Leadership 21 education program have been announced by Northwood University and the Center for Tire & Service Education (CTSE). 
Northwood University, University of the Aftermarket
The Automotive Service Association (ASA) and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), the light vehicle aftermarket division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), will host the Vehicle Safety Inspection and Ma
ASA, AASA, MEMA
Snap-on has added free VERUS PRO Training Solutions videos to its website.
snap-on diagnostics, vehicle diagnostics, snap-on software
As a way to show appreciation for auto service professionals who work hard every day to keep America driving down on road, Mitchell 1 announces the “Thank You Thursdays” Facebook sweepstakes, running now through Nov. 27, 2014.&n
Mitchell 1
Racing and soccer may seem like opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to sports but they do have a few things in common including speed, reaction time and Continental Tire. 
Continental Tire
The Automotive Service Association (ASA) announces Mitchell 1 as its newest corporate member.
asa, automotive service association
BOLT ON TECHNOLOGY has ranked as one of the 2014 fastest-growing, privately-held businesses in the Philadelphia region by the Philadelphia 100.
bolt on technology
With its new Full Service Kit now available, Walker announces a totally new concept in selling an engine management sensor solution to satisfy the customer needs and demands in making sure they can do the job right the first time.
engine management sensor, Walker Products

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Keeping the focus on improving the customer experience was the main takeaway from insurance executives at AudaExplore’s annual Total Loss Summit on Sept. 24 in Boston.
AudaExplore
Axalta Coating Systems will highlight the need for speed at the annual SEMA tradeshow by featuring it brilliant colors and fast-drying coatings.
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CCC Information Services has donated $30,000 in scholarships and grants to the Collision Repair Education Foundation.
CCC Information Services
Pro-Spray Automotive Finishes is teaming up with The Custom Shop to display the 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster known as “Copper Topless” at its SEMA booth #11253.
Pro-Spray
Christopher Toomey, Senior Vice President of Regional Procurement for BASF in North America will assume responsibility for the BASF Coatings business in North America.
BASF
CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts has been named No. 112 on the Franchise Tiimes annual Top 200 ranking of the largest US franchises.
CARSTAR Auto Repair Experts
Motor Guard has expanded its line of Super-Rigid Big Block models for fast and aggressive blocking of aluminum or steel.
Motor Guard
CARSTAR Hall’s Collision Center in Louisville, Ky., has joined the CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts MSO network. 
CARSTAR Auto Repair Experts
Metropolitan Car-O-Liner, the first US distributor of the company’s products, has relocated and expanded its facility in New Jersey.
Since the end of May 2014, consolidators had acquired or opened 163 shops year to date. Since then through the end of September, they have added another 82 shops. That is 245 shops added in just nine months.
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Aftermarket Business

The annual Automotive Supply Associates (ASA)/Sanel Auto Parts golf outing donated proceeds from the event to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation in memory of George Segal, chairman of ASA/Sanel, who passed away in August.
University of the Aftermarket Foundation
Philips Automotive North America appointed Russell Stebbins Director, Automotive Aftermarket. 
Russell Stebbins
Leaving Major League baseball behind and armed with a mathematics degree from Texas A&M University, Camilli scored in the aftermarket by inventing the Pulstar spark plug and establishing Enerpulse Inc.
Lou Camilli, Enerpulse
A series of new regulations limiting the copper content of brake components – including a provision that took effect at the beginning of this year – do not put a stop to selling and installing industry products already on the marketplace.
Brian Drews, parts manager at DeNooyer Chevrolet in Kalamazoo, Mich., spoke to Aftermarket Business World about the challenges presented by the high number of recalls announced by GM this year.
Brian Drews, DeNooyer Chevrolet
The Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) 2014 Mobile App includes new content and many features to help attendees get ready for the event when on the go and easily navigate the show floor while at AAPEX.
Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo, AAPEX
Against a backdrop of increasing automotive recalls, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has gone live with its online VIN-based recall search tool at SaferCar.gov/vinlookup.
The new Centric Parts Friction Materials Lab expands the company’s engineering department, and features a LINK Chase dynamometer as well as equipment to measure, mix, mold and cure friction materials.
Centric Parts Friction Materials Lab
Thomas C. Gallagher, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Genuine Parts Company, announced Oct. 20 that record sales totaling $4.0 billion were up 8% compared to the third quarter of 2013. 
Genuine Parts Company
The FFF is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that aims “to remove barriers to competition so that natural gas, methanol, ethanol and electricity can compete on equal footing with gasoline at the pump and at the dealership.
Eyal Aronoff