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Brad Keselowski, the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion, will be a keynote speaker Thursday, July 23, at NACE | CARS 2015 in Detroit, Mich.
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The Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), the voice of the aftermarket supplier,has partnered with IHS-Polk to produce the 2015 “Joint Channel Forecast Model”.
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Starting Friday, May 1, car enthusiasts are invited to share photos of their car-centric #FreeTheSoul moment for a chance to win the ultimate summer road trip from Turtle Wax.
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Yokohama Tire Corporation’s (YTC) 2015 Ride and Drive Dealer Training Program began in Houston, Texas this week and will visit 10 markets within the next five months.
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In a formal presentation last weekend at the Torque Converter Rebuilders Association (TCRA) seminar in Greenville, SC,  Raybestos Powertrain honored the 2015 Innovation Award winner and runners-up.
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Funrise Toys, manufacturer of TONKA branded products under license from Hasbro® has returned as a sponsorship partner with Team Lucas for this year's Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series with increased on-site event participation, as well as sign
Hankook Tire marks its fifth year as the exclusive tire partner of popular international touring car series DTM.
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Mac Tools has made donations of more than $30,000 to The  Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research and over $4,000 to The Breast Cancer Society of Canada.
Tony Molla, vice president of communications for the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) will join the Automotive Service Association (ASA) May 11 as its new vice president.
HELLA, Inc., the North American aftermarket subsidiary of automotive lighting and electronics supplier HELLA, has introduced a new line of Optilux LED lights, which delivers powerful LED lighting technology and applications on a wide range of both on
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The Women’s Industry Network (WIN®) announced a location change today for the WIN 2015 Educational Conference, “Connect to Cultivate,” May 4-6, 2015.
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The Collision Repair Education Foundation announced its 2015 Board of Trustees and Executive Committee.
Jeremy Kahrs, Yokohama senior director, discusses the company’s corporate headquarters and distribution center relocation.
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The first edition of Automechanika Chicago, April 24-26, hit the mark by educating more than 2,000 attendees during training sessions.
Automechanika Chicago
Increasing technological complexity of  repairing vehicles, benefits of scale and a large  nationwide footprint’s impact on competitive advantage are all valid reasons for growth, but not the primary drivers of consolidation.  &n
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WORLDPAC has opened a new regional distribution center in Santa Cruz, Calif.
Sherwin-Wiliiams Automotive Finishes announced the 2014 top 20 OEM color codes needing collision repair in the past year.
I-CAR announced its 2015 International Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
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I-CAR® announced that Jeff Peevy, senior director segment development – Collision Repair & Field Operations, has been recruited to lead the Automotive Management Institute (AMI) as its next president.
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CHICAGO — Magneti Marelli is offering 20 percent cash back for all customers who purchase $100 in parts every month, but the offer expires June 30!
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Aftermarket Business

Uni-Select Inc. reported its results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015 and announced the July 31 retirement of President and CEO Richard G. Roy.  
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AutoZone has 5,384 North American company-owned stores, including 402 company-owned stores in Mexico. Advance Auto Parts, which does not have any company owned stores in Mexico, has 5,261 in North America.
Exide Technologies, a global leader in stored electrical-energy solutions, announced that its plan of reorganization (plan) became effective April 30 and that the company has emerged from Chapter 11 as a newly reorganized company.
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Members of the auto care industry gathered in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce April 29 to present key metrics to legislators and regulators while drawing attention to ways the industry brings value to the U.S. economy.
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Centric Parts, a leading manufacturer and supplier of aftermarket brake and chassis components for import and domestic cars and trucks, hired three new members of its management staff to keep pace with Centric’s growth in its North American ope
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Spectrum Brands Holdings signed a definitive merger agreement to acquire Armored AutoGroup Parent Inc. (“Armored AutoGroup”) from Avista Capital Partners for $1.4 billion in cash and assumed debt.
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The University of the Aftermarket Foundation board of trustees has established the John “Jack” F. Creamer Memorial Fund in honor of its vice chairman who passed away March 25 at the age of 84.
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ARI Network Services Inc. has acquired the assets of TASCO Corporation and its affiliated company Signal Extraprise Corporation (collectively "TASCO").
In the digital aftermarket, the customer is no longer guided by a knowledgeable parts professional. Their purchase decisions are driven by the accuracy and completeness of the content on the screen. Nothing will turn off a customer faster than a miss
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The worst part is that we are almost certainly doing the right thing by a customer but they are more willing to take the word of an invisible expert on an Internet blog who could very well be a 17 year old kid who has absolutely no training but is qu