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News Briefs 12/11/13

Blaine Brothers has acquired Truckaline in Blaine, MN, which specializes in full-service truck alignments, frame work and suspensions, including brakes and springs. Blaine Brothers is an HDA Truck Pride member.

Federated Auto Parts is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Federated Shop of the Year. Shops may be self-nominated or nominated by others. Click here for more information.

Carstar plans to relocate from Overland Park, KS to a new corporate headquarters in nearby Leawood in November 2014.

ASA-Ohio supports legislation introduced by Ohio state Sens. Edna Brown, Tom Patton and Peggy Lehner (Ohio Senate Bill 232) establishing a mechanical shop registration program in the state. The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor.

• The Advanstar Automotive Group reports that its Motor Age YouTube channel has surpassed 1 million views. The page has nearly 200 informational videos available, including archived versions of the publication’s live training webinars and a library of its monthly “Trainer” video series.

SKF says its training trucks have interacted with more than 100,000 professional technicians across North America since their launch in 2010. The program revolves around six dedicated training trucks: three covering automotive training and three offering heavy-duty training.

Speedemissions Inc. has upgraded its CARbonga automobile diagnostic iPhone application to include information on recalls and technical service bulletins for most makes and models produced through 2013. The app also has an enhanced “push notification” feature for all manufacturer recalls and TSBs.

ASA-Midwest has kicked off its 2014 campaign for the “Technicians of Tomorrow” scholarship fund. This fund assists a minimum of four students who are pursuing a career in the automotive service industry with a $1,000 scholarship. Click here for more information.

• Store Supply Warehouse in St. Louis has launched SSW Dealer Supply, a subsidiary dedicated to servicing auto dealers. It stocks a wide range of dealership supplies, including pennants, forms, service department supplies, on-vehicle advertisements, key storage and accessories.

Mitchell 1 has added new search technology to its ProDemand repair information software designed to deliver OEM and experience-based information together in a single lookup.

Poma Distributing has reached a deal with BP Lubricants USA to market Castrol-branded automotive and heavy-duty lubricants throughout southern California.

Dannmar Inc. is introducing a new line of wheel service equipment.

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