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Epicor acquires MechanicNet, expanding its portfolio of services
June 5, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Epicor Software Corporation has acquired MechanicNet Group, a leading provider of customer relationship management (CRM) and retention solutions for auto repair shops. The transaction closed on June 3. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Texas-based Epicor, a global

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AASA to open dialogue on intellectual property
June 5, 2019 by Renee Montague

Automotive aftermarket brand leaders are invited to attend what is being billed as the industry’s first intellectual property forum on Aug. 15. Organized by the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), it will be held in Dearborn, Mich., at the Ford

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SEMA announces board election results
June 5, 2019 by Renee Montague

Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) members voted James Lawrence, Melanie White, Kathryn Reinhardt, Chris Douglas and Les Rudd to serve on board of directors. James Lawrence of Power Automedia will fill the position of chairman-elect previously held by Tim Martin

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Kukui secures $27 million in Series-A funding
June 4, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Kukui Corporation, providers of digital marketing solutions for repair shops, has secured $27 million in funding from a Memphis-based investment firm. SSM Partners will provide Kukui Corporation with Series-A funding to accelerate continued platform innovation, rapid market expansion, expanded customer

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ETI draws record crowd to discuss the complexities of modern mobility
June 4, 2019 by Allan Janssen

The increasing complexity of advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) and the importance of following proper calibration processes in the service bay took center stage at the Equipment and Tool Institute’s annual Tool Tech conference. Held in Charlotte, N.C., at the

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Hella recognized as one of GM’s suppliers of the year for 2018
June 4, 2019 by Renee Montague

GM recently recognized suppliers that have consistently exceeded the carmaker’s expectations, created outstanding value, or introduced innovations. Among the companies honoured as one of the GM’s suppliers of the year was automotive lighting manufacturer Hella. “We are incredibly proud to

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Tompkins International announces additions to executive team
June 4, 2019 by Renee Montague

Raleigh-based consulting and implementation firm Tompkins International announced three additions to its executive leadership team as a direct result of the company’s growth. Jim Herman has been named chief commercial officer leading all business development initiatives. Herman has more than 30 years

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Canada Training Benefit could be boon or a bust
June 3, 2019 by Renee Montague

Providing employees with leave and job protection so they can take training could be a disaster for small businesses, warns the president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Dan Kelly said the federal government’s recently announced Canada Training

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April’s new car sales fall short of April 2018
June 3, 2019 by Renee Montague

Canadian sales of light passenger vehicles fell in April, compared to April 2018, according to analysis from DesRosier Automotive Consulting. All passenger car segments fell except the low-volume luxury compact segment, up 3.5% for the month, the consulting firm has

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MEMA opposes tariffs on Mexico imports, urges implementation of USMCA
May 31, 2019 by Allan Janssen

The Motor & Equipment Manufacturing Association says imposing tariffs on all goods crossing the Mexican border will not provide a more secure border for the U.S. In a statement released today (May 31) the association said tariffs would only serve as

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Mister Transmission heads to the track with All North Racing Series and MAVTV
May 31, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Mister Transmission will be the “Victory Lane Presenting Sponsor” of a six-race series hosted by All North Racing Powered by Pinty’s. The first race is tonight, (May 31) at the Ohsweken Speedway, near Brantford, Ont. All North Racing Powered by

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Under deal with Brake Parts Inc. Transit Warehouse to carry Vortex brand
May 31, 2019 by Allan Janssen

With distribution centres in Quebec, Newfoundland, and Ontario, Transit Warehouse now offers the full line of Vortex OE-quality friction from Brake Parts Inc. Vortex provides a complete program with over 920 SKUs and coverage for more than 2,200 different vehicles.