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Uni-Select furloughs half of its employees
April 1, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Uni-Select Inc. has furloughed approximately half of its employees in response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Faced with a marked slowdown in demand, the company has also temporarily closed a third of its facilities. A further 28% of its sites

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What working from home looks like, Alliance-style
March 26, 2020 by Allan Janssen

    The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance – known simply as the Alliance – is showing the world what “working from home” really means. The company says it has committed to being a resource to its shareholders during the Covid-19

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Quebec list of essential services includes vehicle repair
March 24, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The provincial government in Quebec has deemed service and repairs on emergency vehicles to be essential services. The list of essential services includes the “mechanical repair of motor vehicles, trucks and specialized equipment for industries deemed essential and roadside assistance.”

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Auto repair listed as essential service in Ontario
March 24, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Repair shops and auto parts stores in Ontario will not be forced to shutter during the Novel Coronavirus pandemic. Ontario Premier Doug Ford issued an order yesterday closing all non-essential businesses in the provinces. The list of essential services was

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Winnipeg tech named Auto Value’s Canadian tech of the year
March 17, 2020 by Allan Janssen

  Jason Meilleur of River Park Automotive in Winnipeg has been named the 2020 Canadian Technician of the Year. Meilleur was selected from five Canadian finalists, scoring highly for his training efforts and automotive excellence. His achievements – along with

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Alliance welcomes first Belizean member
March 13, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance has its first shareholder owner in Belize. Westrac Ltd., originally known as Western Tractor Supply, has joined the Alliance family, as the largest auto and tractor parts supplier in Belize. A small group of investors

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NAPA Expo to be postponed
March 12, 2020 by Allan Janssen

  NAPA’s giant expo, years in the planning, has been derailed by the corona virus, and the threat of the spread of COVID-19. The event, which was to have taken place in early April, was expected to draw some 20,000

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Industry veteran Cy Russell passes away at 91
March 10, 2020 by Allan Janssen

    Cyril J. Russell – known as Cy to many in the Canadian automotive aftermarket – has passed away at 91 years of age. A recipient of the Automotive Industries Association of Canada’s Distinguished Service Award, his long career

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Uni-Select names new president and COO of FinishMaster
March 6, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Uni-Select names new president and COO of FinishMaster Joseph E. McCorry has been appointed to the position of president and chief operating officer of FinishMaster, Inc. The appointment is effective March 30, 2020. A seasoned executive who brings more than

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Laval jobber named Group Del Vasto’s Auto Value store of the year
March 3, 2020 by Allan Janssen

  More than 600 people gathered in Montreal for the latest Groupe Del Vasto convention. The event, held Feb. 21-23 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, brought suppliers, shop owners, parts store owners, and a wide range of aftermarket

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Auto Value kicks off latest sweepstakes
March 3, 2020 by Allan Janssen

It’ll honky-tonk time in October for 25 technicians and their guests when Auto Value’s latest sweepstakes wraps up. The Grand Ole Weekend sweepstakes kicked off at the beginning of this month. The lucky winners will experience the southern escape of

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Send us your vintage photos!
March 2, 2020 by Allan Janssen

We want to photos of what your business looked like way back when. Scan your photos and send them to allan@newcom.ca