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Jerome Lentz of Challenger Lifts (Louisville, Ky.) has been elected chairman of the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) Board of Directors for 2015.
Jerome Lentz, ALI, Automotive Lift Institute
TRW Automotive Aftermarket’s business in North America (NA) has announced its fourth 2014 range extension for its premium brake pad program.
TRW North American, TRW, brake pads
With the holidays fast approaching, Federated didn’t waste any time beginning its 2014 Toys for Tots seasonal campaign. 
Toys for Tots, Federated Auto Parts
Standard Motor Products, Inc. announces two new QWIK-SENSOR promotional offers to support the successful product launch of its QWIK-SENSOR TPMS sensor multi-coverage program.
smp, intermotor, tpms
OTC has launched the 3200 Smart Battery Tester, offering near-instant battery, charging and starting system test results with a technician’s iOS or Android device.
OTC, Bosch
To drive and support the growth of its North American business, Akebono Brake Corporation has launched a new website to help customers more easily find information about its products and where to purchase them. The newly designed Akebonobrakes.com of
OTC has launched the 3200 Smart Battery Tester, offering near-instant battery, charging and starting system test results with a technician’s iOS or Android device.
Bridgestone Retail Operations (BSRO) recently announced that Jamie Bullis has been honored as the BSRO/National Institute for Automotive Service (ASE) Master Automobile Technician of the year.
Bridgestone Retail Operations
Beck/Arnley announces that Nathan Fitchette from West Seneca, N.Y., is the winner of the 100 Year Anniversary Edition 2014 Scion FR-S. 
beck/arnley
Redline Detection, the industry leader in OEM-mandated diagnostic leak detection equipment, is encouraging anyone who works with, or knows, a talented technician to nominate him or her for the second annual Redline Rock Star Performance Award. 
Redline Detection

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A three-person panel discussed key issues relating to aftermarket access to OEM education resources in a session during the NASTF 2014 General Meeting in early November.
NASTF
Fifty-one collision repair instruction sheets, released by Ford for the 2015 Ford F-150, are now available on the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support Portal. 
I-CAR
Named a 2014 ABRN Top Shop, Great Bear Auto Repair in Flushing, NY, embraces a “telling, not selling” service philosophy, and in place of advertising utilizes social media to reach customers.
Great Bear Auto Body
Central Collision Center, headquartered in Mokena, Ill., aims for a transparent relationships with both insurers and customers to build trust and strongly values education, as evidenced by its on-site training facility.
Central Collision
More than 5,500 collision professionals in over 4,000 repair facilities have embraced the CCC ONE Touch solution, collectively writing more than $500 million in estimates and work orders in the last six months.
CCC Information Services
Named a 2014 ABRN Top Shop, D-Patrick Body and Glass in Evansville, Ind., hosts monthly new customer events to build trust and the service experience.
D-Patrick Body and Glass
Named a 2014 ABRN Top Shop, G&C Auto Body in Santa Rosa, Calif., works in partnership with insurers to bring the customer the best experience possible.
G&C Auto Body
Mazda Motor Corporation has approved DeBeer Refinish Waterbase 900+ Series by Valspar Automotive for use in North America and Japan.
Valspar Automotive
Kadel’s Auto Body has acquired Rick’s Auto Body Shop and its two locations in Caldwell and Nampa, Idaho.
Kadel's Auto Body
ABRN announces the 10 winners of its 2014 Top Shops Contest.
autobody news - ABRN

Aftermarket Business

AAPEX attendees selected Fuse5 as the 2014 New Product Showcase Award winner earlier this month in Las Vegas.
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Upon returning home to Huntsville, Ala., Jeff Hammock – the founder and CEO of MechOptix – set about to invent Stoptix, an add-on LED brake lamp that signals a vehicle’s deceleration without having to hit the brakes.
Jeff Hammock
Designed to pique the imagination while giving youngsters a hands-on peak at what it feels like to work on a car, a special Children’s Exhibit unveiled at AAPEX proved to be a big hit with kids – and adults – of all ages.
Sometimes you just have to get off the highway and take a road that is not the straightest line to where you are going. I recently completed a week-long trip to New England to teach with the fine folks at Technicians Service Training.
The Automotive Distribution Network has extended its North American footprint with the signing of three new Auto Pride member warehouses: Auto Specialist, Vista, Calif.; Discount Auto Warehouse, Chicago; and T&T Parts, Maple Ridge, B.C.
Automotive Distribution Network
E-tailing is the fastest growing retail sector in the automotive aftermarket, and is poised to become a significant revenue generator in the auto parts market.
Mike Maris, senior director of transportation and logistics at Motorola Solutions, spoke with Aftermarket Business World about the role of bar code scanning and other automatic identification technology in warehouse and distribution operati
Mike Maris
DENSO announced a major expansion to its line of First Time Fit® air conditioning condensers. With part numbers increasing from 189 to 339, DENSO condensers now cover 134 million vehicles on the road.
DENSO
The Parts Authority, a Pronto member, completed the asset purchase of Johnson Industries in Atlanta on Nov. 21.
Parts Authority
The Alliance Parts Warehouse (APW) announced that Justin Rue has been promoted to the newly created position of Sales Manager for the organization.
Justin Rue