By Levy Joffrion
ASA ParticipatesIn Parts Campaign
ASA members in Los Angeles, Chicago and Raleigh, N.C., participated in focus group meetings for the "Know Your Parts" campaign launched this past November by the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA).
An article in the March issue of ASA's Mechanical Division Dispatch, a monthly newsletter that goes to members of that division, relates the full story of the campaign. The driving force behind the campaign was aftermarket suppliers' concerns about the growing proliferation of low-quality, low-cost aftermarket parts and components flooding the marketplace. These parts may not meet original manufacturer specifications - and their failure can pose a serious threat to public safety.
AASA encourages ASA members to visit its "Know Your Parts" Web site at kyp.aftermarketsuppliers.org and review the materials it currently offers - free of charge. Repair professionals are also urged to contact campaign leaders with their comments and suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chamber Cites Car Concepts
Car Concepts Inc. has been selected by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as one of 75 companies in the nation to receive its prestigious Blue Ribbon Award for 2010.
The Chamber's president said in announcing the award, "The Blue Ribbon Small Business Award is about more than recognizing financially successful businesses. It's about honoring those that show a commitment to their employees, sound business practices, and bettering their communities."
Car Concepts Inc., which is headquartered in Hurst, Texas, is an employee-owned company. It has six companies in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area: Kinney's Automotive Service and Corvette Service of North Texas in Hurst, Downtown Garage in Fort Worth, Rick's Independent CarKare in Irving, and Blagg Tire/Auto Tech and Blagg Tire & Service in Grapevine.
I-CAR Names Schoonover
I-CAR has announced its 2010 international board of directors.
Among the directors is Mike Schoonover, who represents the Automotive Service Association on the board. Schoonover owns Schoonover Bodyworks Inc. in Shoreview and Stillwater, Minn.
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