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News Briefs 10/30/13

Stanley Black & Decker reports that Mac Tools revenue grew in the high-single digits in the third quarter of 2013.

Danaher Corp. is reporting third-quarter sales growth from its mobile tool (Matco) and wheel service (Hennessy Industries) businesses. No specifics were given regarding how much growth.

Alldata and MAM Software have entered into a strategic agreement to launch a cloud-based shop management system called Alldata Manage Online. The program includes a vehicle owner database and integrated labor and parts costs, as well as online ordering.

• Identifix has added a vehicle search by VIN feature to its Direct Hit system.

• The Aurora Capital Group has completed its previously announced sale of Mitchell International to KKR, a New York-based investment group.

Repair Jungle, an auto repair quotes service, now has a website designed for smartphone users. Washington, DC-area vehicle owners can now receiving competing quotes from top mechanics and auto body shops on their mobile phones at repairjungle.com.

Greg Brannon, AAA’s director of automotive engineering and industry relations, will speak at the Fall 2013 General Meeting of NASTF on Wednesday, Nov. 6 in Las Vegas. Brannon will address the connected vehicle and AAA’s Approved Auto Repair network.

• The Ford Customer Service Division and BASF are ASA’s newest corporate members.

• Heavy-duty vehicle lift specialist Stertil-Koni has launched a website specifically to serve the U.S. military.

• The first Tint World franchise location in Kansas is set to open Nov. 9 in Lenexa. Two additional Kansas locations are to follow a year-and-a-half apart.

• Atlanta-based Speedemissions Inc. has acquired seven emission-testing centers in the Atlanta area from Auto Emissions Express and JK Express Emissions. The transaction gives Speedemissions a total of 43 emission-testing facilities nationwide.

mLight Tech Inc., a fully reporting Florida-based corporation, has signed a definitive agreement to purchase 100 percent of the outstanding stock of The Ding King Training Institute. Ding King teaches paintless dent repair and other automotive appearance programs.

Yokohama Tire Corp. has released Exceed 2.0, an updated version of the company’s online dealer training program. It includes advanced software to track employee training progress.

Bridgestone Americas has launched a campaign and promotion, titled “Conquer the Cold,” to tout the benefits of changing to winter tires.

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