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News Briefs 05/23/12

Cottman Transmission & Total Auto Care has renewed its agreement with Yodle for online marketing.

• The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers (AASP) has designated Mitchell 1’s SocialCRM customer retention and new customer acquisition service as the association’s preferred choice for loyalty marketing programs.

Epicor Software Corp. has released a new version of the web-based Integrated Service Estimator (ISE). Among the new features is “All Lines,” which allows shops to search the full Epicor PartExpert database of more than 7,500 manufacturer product lines.

Webasto Product North America (Fenton, MI) has launched a sunroof compatibility guide for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The mobile app allows users to select the year, make and model of a vehicle in order to determine which Webasto sunroofs are compatible.

• A bill has been introduced in the Kentucky House of Representatives to ban wheel weights containing lead or mercury. To date, no votes have been taken on this proposed legislation.

• Cleveland-based Dealer Tire has selected KSS Retail as its provider for price modeling and optimization.

• The Tire Industry Association (TIA) now offers all of its 200-level “basic” and 250-level “advanced” training programs in a web-based format at the TIA On-Line University. More information can be found at www.tireindustry.org/training.asp.

• Technical training videos from Wells Vehicle Electronics have exceeded 2 million views on YouTube. Each video can be accessed by entering the title in the search bar on YouTube.com or through the “Wells Tech” link on www.wellsVE.com.

HDA Truck Pride named Bauer Truck Repair of Shippenville, PA as its 2011 Truck Service Expert of the Year.  Bauer Truck Repair has been an HDA Truck Pride Truck Service Expert since 2007.

Alldata LLC (Elk Grove, CA) has entered into an agreement with Carstar Franchise Systems, calling for the more than 400 auto body repair facilities operating under Carstar in North America to use Alldata Collision S3500 as their preferred provider of OE collision repair information.

ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a Minnesota-based damaged vehicle repair company, has acquired Bradshaw Collision Repair Centers in the Nashville area. The deal increases the total number of ABRA repair centers nationwide to 122 in 12 states.

Forward Lift has renewed its sponsorship of “Off-Road Overhaul” for the show’s second season on the Outdoor Channel.

GlyEco Inc. has reached a deal to acquire certain assets of MMT Technologies, a glycol recycler based in the Tampa area. The transaction is scheduled to close May 31. MMT recycles waste anti-freeze from the automotive services industry. The business has more than 1,000 customers, including car dealerships, quick lube facilities and independent repair shops.

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