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GPC to acquire the balance of Australia-based parts distributor
May 22, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Genuine Parts Company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the remaining 65 percent stake of Inenco Group, headquartered in Sydney, Australia. The company previously purchased a 35 percent stake in Inenco in spring 2017, and held the opportunity

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AirSept filter finds air cabin solution, earns patent
May 22, 2019 by Renee Montague

AirSept has been granted a patent for its OEM-approved GM Retrofit Cabin Air Filter. GM built full-size pickup trucks and SUVs are built with a cavity for cabin air filters (CAFs) but no CAFs are installed. “It is impossible to

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Winhere’s Russ Barker to be new director of sales
May 22, 2019 by Renee Montague

Aftermarket industry veteran Russ Barker has been named the new director of sales at Winhere Brake Parts, Inc. Barker has spent 26 years in the automotive aftermarket industry, is a member of the Automotive Sales Council and served on AWDA’s

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Mahle completes integration of Behr Hella Services
May 21, 2019 by Renee Montague

Mahle Aftermarket is officially bringing Behr Hella Services in-house after purchasing the cooling and AC business last summer. According to a press release from Mahle, all Behr Hella Services will be transferred to Mahle starting Jan. 1. The company says

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Canada’s tariff standoff with U.S. comes to an end
May 17, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Canada’s year-long standoff with the Trump administration over punitive U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs is finally over, removing a key hurdle in efforts to ratify the new North American trade pact. Global Affairs Canada says the tariffs will be removed

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Mevotech wins top Bestbuy award
May 16, 2019 by Renee Montague

Mevotech received the 2018 Horace J. Pratt Vendor of the Year Award at the Bestbuy Distributors annual general meeting and gala in Toronto on April 26. Chassis parts manufacturer Mevotech received the company’s top supplier award, received by Ezer Mevorach

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Gain Aftermarket makes contract marketing talent accessible
May 14, 2019 by Renee Montague

Thirty years after they first worked together at Magnum Gaskets, Arnie Fox and Steve Durning have formed a new marketing services firm. The Chicago-based company, Gain Aftermarket, offers contract marketing talent to the automotive industry as a low-cost alternative to hiring a

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Osram announces leadership shuffle
May 14, 2019 by Renee Montague

Automotive lighting manufacturer Osram has named Joe Verbanic managing director for the U.S. and Canada for Sylvania Automotive, replacing Grant Wright who has retired. Greg Bibbo replaces Verbanic as director of aftermarket sales and marketing. Ryan DeDecker has been named

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Wakefield names new territory sales manager for Manitoba, Western Ontario
May 10, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Wakefield Canada, manufacturer and distributor of Castrol products in Canada, has hired Colby Brandt as territory sales manager for Manitoba and Western Ontario. Wakefield says Brandt brings extensive sales and marketing experience to the job. He’ll be responsible for existing

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Carparts family in northern U.S. grows bigger
May 9, 2019 by Renee Montague

Carparts Distribution Center, a New England-based chain of parts stores, has acquired Motor Supply Company, effective April 1, 2019 This acquisition will bring nine new stores to Carparts’ operations. Motor Supply, a long-time customer of Carparts, has been owned and

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Ideal Supply’s Stratford trade show wraps up today
May 8, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Attendees earned reward bucks and prizes at the “Night At the Movies” trade show.

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Spectra Premium wins gold
May 8, 2019 by Renee Montague

Undercar parts manufacturer Spectra Premium won the top award from the Automotive Content Professionals Network (ACPN) for its web eCatalogue. The Gold Content Excellence Award was presented to Spectra Premium at ACPN’s annual Knowledge Exchange Conference in Tampa, Florida on