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Ontario colleges to increase partnerships with private trainers
November 15, 2019 by Allan Janssen

The Ontario government says its new policy on college partnerships will strengthen the province’s workforce. The policy, which expands partnership agreements between Ontario’s colleges and private trainers, is designed to produce a more highly qualified workforce, Ontario’s colleges said today.

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Sales of auto accessories booming, new SEMA study says
November 13, 2019 by Allan Janssen

SEMA’s new Retail Landscape Report shows that most automotive specialty-equipment retailers are doing well

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Custom Automotive Networks names incoming chairman
November 7, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Cary Redman, vice president of brand sales for Edelbrock, has been elected to be the next chairman of the Custom Automotive Network (formerly Performance Warehouse Association). He will begin his term in January. CAN president Tracie Nunez said 2019 was

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AAPEX Day 3 – Last day at the show
November 7, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Uni-Select announces new auto repair banner program Uni-Select CEO Brent Windom announced plans for a new national banner program for automotive service providers. The program — Bumper to Bumper Auto Service — is set to launch in the new year. The

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AAPEX Day 2 – The latest news from Las Vegas
November 6, 2019 by Allan Janssen

  Show opens with musical precision The Chris Kase Band led attendees onto the show floor with rousing musical numbers and plenty of energy. 2019 on track for modest to flat growth, 2020 predicted to follow suit Nathan Shipley of

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Australia to move forward with mandatory data-sharing laws
November 6, 2019 by Allan Janssen

In what is being described as a victory for independent vehicle repairers, the Australian government has announced it will push ahead with mandatory data-sharing laws. The independent aftermarket has waged a 12-year battle for the key to a bigger share

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AAPEX Day 1 – Welcome to Las Vegas!
November 5, 2019 by Allan Janssen

AAPEX starts with Auto Care Association reception Hundreds turned out for the kick-off reception at the Automotive Aftermarket Parts Exhibition, held at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas. The annual show is part of Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week, a

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COMMENTARY: How should OCOT money be spent?
November 4, 2019 by Allan Janssen

For the repair sector in Ontario, the closing of the college of trades is a huge opportunity!

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ASA hires new director for member services
November 1, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Blair Calvo has joined the Automotive Service Association as its new director of membership. Calvo will be responsible for overseeing member services, including addressing the needs of current members and leading efforts to recruit new members. She comes to ASA

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AASA to host summit on pricing strategies
November 1, 2019 by Allan Janssen

The Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) will host a virtual summit on the concept of Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) on Nov. 19. The summit will feature information to inform a choice about the implementation of a MAP pricing strategy. Summit

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Midwest Auto Care Alliance names new executive committee
October 31, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Tim Davison is the new president of the Midwest Auto Care Alliance (MWACA). The owner of Chumbley’s Auto Care in Indianola, Iowa, says he has his work cut out for him. In his first message to members, he wrote, “As

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Future success hinges on tools and training: AIA
October 24, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Analyst from Conference Board of Canada offers view on coming technology and how it may disrupt or enhance the auto service and repair industry.