Aftermarket Business

Frost & Sullivan
The improved economic environment in developing and developed economies is restoring business confidence and pushing up the global sales volumes of medium-heavy duty trucks. 
Green Automotive Company has closed its acquisition of Blackhawk Manufacturing and its affiliated companies for a value of $6m of Green Automotive’s common stock at $0.05 per share, which equals 120m shares.
Hopkins Canada
Hopkins Manufacturing Corporation established Hopkins Canada, Inc. in Blenheim, Ontario Canada.
Jack Lorimer
Long-time automotive aftermarket and heavy-duty industry executive John. F. (Jack) Lorimer retired April 1 after 44 years in the industry.
Brake Parts Inc.
As part of BPI’s commitment to enhance product sales and simplify distribution for its customers, the brake parts manufacturer added Doug Koch as packaging manager to its Corporate Product Department.
OptiCat announces the departure of Bart Noyes, vice president of sales and marketing, who will join GCommerce as Vice President of Product Management.
Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo, AAPEX
Attendees and exhibitors can now make their hotel accommodations for the 2014 Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) using the AAPEX website,
Federated Auto Parts
A record number of Federated members and suppliers are set to attend the upcoming Federated Auto Parts national membership meeting to be held April 30 to May 3 in Phoenix, Ariz.
Arnott Air Suspension Products
Arnott Air Suspension Products announced the opening of a European Union branch office and distribution center.
FRAM Filtration
FRAM® and Brian Deegan have partnered to host a sweepstakes for freestyle motocross, RallyCross®, automotive and action sports fans in advance of the inaugural X Games in Austin, Texas, June 5-8.

Special Reports

The deal catapulted Advance to the No. 1 spot in the Aftermarket Business World Top 25 Auto Chain Report with 5,297 company owned stores, 105 WORLDPAC branches and approximately 1,400 independently owned CARQUEST branded stores.