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Valspar Acquires Dutch Coatings Company
January 15, 2004 by Auto Service World

The Valspar Corporation, a leading coatings manufacturer, has acquired a Dutch coatings manufacturing and distribution business.De Beer Lakfabrieken is a privately-owned, manufacturer and distributor of automotive refinish coatings based in Lelystad, The Netherlands. The acquisition includes De Beer’s subsidiaries in

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Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Canada Acquires Dollar Vancouver Franchise
January 15, 2004 by Auto Service World

Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE:DTG) announced today that its subsidiary, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Canada Inc. (DTAG Canada) has acquired the Dollar Rent A Car franchise in Vancouver. The acquisition of this operation, located off airport at Vancouver International

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Canada Safety Council Boosts Ontario Photo Radar
January 14, 2004 by Auto Service World

Ontario’s new government has just announced it is considering bringing back photo radar to catch speeding drivers. According to the Canada Safety Council, electronic enforcement is a proven, cost-effective way to reduce speeding violations – and most Ontarians want it.In

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AutoZone Shifts Executives, Adds NAPA Stalwart
January 14, 2004 by Auto Service World

Leading U.S. auto parts retailer and wholesaler AutoZone, Inc. has announced new responsibilities and additions to the company’s senior management team. Mike Longo, currently senior vice-president of Store Operations, AZ Commercial and ALLDATA has been named the company’s new senior

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Keystone Automotive Acquires Ontario Auto Parts Distributor
January 13, 2004 by Auto Service World

Keystone Industries, Inc. today announced that it has acquired Quinte Bumper & Fender, Inc., a privately held company based in Trenton, Ontario, that distributes automobile collision replacement parts. Quinte recorded sales of approximately $8.7 million CAD ($6.5 million USD) during

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Delphi Appoints Three New Sales Managers In North America
January 13, 2004 by Auto Service World

Delphi Corp. has announced three key appointments to its North American sales force.The company has announced the appointment of James O. Eady, Darrel L. Reuss and Steve Tucker as regional sales managers for vehicle electronics in North America for Delphi

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Revolutionary On-Line OEM Parts Auction Shutting Down
January 12, 2004 by Auto Service World

Covisint, which was supposed to transform the way that the OEM’s purchased parts for their automotive manufacturing operations, is all but gone.According to industry reports, the company sold its online auction service and has shut down its electronic parts catalogue.

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Bodyshop Suppliers Warned of Break Ins
January 9, 2004 by Auto Service World

Three Ontario companies supplying bodyshops have been hit with break-ins in recent weeks where thieves have been interested in consumables rather than expensive equipment or paint.On Tuesday, thieves broke into a bodyshop supply firm in Ontario’s Niagara Region yesterday, but

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Aftermarket Association Retains Firm for Service Provider Research
January 8, 2004 by Auto Service World

The Automotive Industry Association of Canada (AIA) has struck an agreement with Matthew.Scott Data Marketing Solutions Inc. for the firm to act as the agency of record for its Automotive Service Provider Market Research Project.The association is investigating what types

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Bridgestone Names New CEO for North America
January 8, 2004 by Auto Service World

Bridgestone Americas Holding Inc. has chosen Mark Emkes to be its chairman and CEO, taking the position on April 1.Emkes will succeed John Lampe, 56, who retires on March 31 after more than 30 years with the company that included

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Canadian Auto Parts Magnate Stronach Eyes Political Opportunity
January 7, 2004 by Auto Service World

Belinda Stronach, the multimillionaire CEO of Magna International, is leaning toward making a bid for the leadership of the new federal Conservative party, sources say.“If it was five per cent before, it’s 75 per cent now,” an associate said of

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U.S. News: NAPA Settles On Transpro for Radiator Program
January 7, 2004 by Auto Service World

Transpro, Inc., has announced that it has been named as the supplier of a new radiator program for NAPA, the Automotive Parts Group of Genuine Parts Company. Under the agreement, Transpro will supply NAPA with a radiator program that will