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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

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New videos promote routine maintenance
February 24, 2020 by Allan Janssen

  Federated Auto Parts has introduced a new series of videos entitled “Car Care That Works!” The videos, which can be seen at Federated’s YouTube channel,  stress the importance of routine vehicle maintenance, service, and repair, and provide motorists with

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Alliance signs Grupo Morsa as Auto Value shareholder
February 19, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Grupo Morsa, an automotive parts distributor based in Sinaloa, Mexico has joined the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance as an Auto Value shareholder. “Grupo Morsa is a fantastic fit for the Alliance,” said John R. Washbish, president and CEO of the

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Uni-Select strengthens Ontario presence
February 7, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Uni-Select Ontario Stores has acquired the assets of Bay Auto & Truck Parts Ltd. and Bay Auto & Truck Parts (2012) Ltd. Bay Auto has been a member of the Uni-Select network for over 20 years. The company’s 66 employees

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Quebec walk-a-thon raises $73,000 for charity
February 3, 2020 by Allan Janssen

  Quebec auto parts retailer Group Dorval-Sources-St-Henri raised $73,000 in their annual Hope & Cope Foundation Walk-a-thon last year. Co-owners Alex Trichas, Andre Dimopoulos, Chris Dimopoulos, and Nick Dimopoulos donated the funds to The Jewish General Hospital in Montreal. This

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AIA seeks nominations for board of directors
January 31, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Know someone who would make a great addition to the Automotive Industries Association’s board of directors? Nominations for appointment are now being accepted. Every year, two or more directors complete their terms. The association’s nominating committee is now considering a