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Coronavirus update: Taking the temperature of the industry

March 18, 2020 by Allan Janssen

By Allan Janssen Auto repair shops across the country remain open, but a snap poll of jobbers across the country suggests fears of a complete shutdown are close to the surface. An already quiet March Break week has gotten uncomfortably…

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Congress of Automotive Repair & Service postponed

March 16, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The Automotive Service Association’s Congress of Automotive Repair & Service (CARS) has been postponed until late August or early September. The event, co-located with the Technology & Telematics Forum as well as the association’s annual business meeting, was to have been…

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AIA Canada cancels national conference

March 16, 2020 by Allan Janssen

In response to the growing concerns over the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, the Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada has cancelled its national conference. Originally to be held April 28-29, at the Delta Hotels Toronto Airport, the event was also to…

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Lordco cancels trade show

March 13, 2020 by Allan Janssen

For the first time in its 46-year history, auto parts distributor Lordco has cancelled its trade show. The company says it is acting out of an abundance of caution for public health and safety, given the recent repercussions of the COVID-19…

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In light of virus, AASA Vision to be a ‘digital conference’

March 13, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Organizers of the 2020 AASA Vision Conference say growing concerns about COVID-19 have led them to abandon their normal format and transition to a “digital experience.” In a statement on the conference website, AASA says “Given the current environment of…

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Mister Transmission cancels AGM, gala dinner

March 12, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Mister Transmission has canceled its annual general meeting and gala, which had been scheduled to be held March 28. Company president and CEO Tony Kuczynski said, “It’s not the right time to be bringing Mister Transmission team members from coast…

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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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Alain Côté show cancelled midway through

March 12, 2020 by Allan Janssen

NAPA’s Alain Côté XPO Quebec trade show must have been among the first events to be impacted by the province’s ban of gatherings larger than 250 people. The annual trade show was already underway at the Complexe Capitale Hélicoptère event…

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MEMA letter discusses ramifications of COVID-19

March 10, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) says it will work hard to shape implementation of the U.S. federal government’s $8.3 billion Coronavirus Emergency Bill. In a letter addressed to members of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), Heavy Duty…