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News Briefs 2/26/14

• The Ford Motor Co. has opened its 700th U.S. Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center location.

AMI Tools & Equipment has joined the Automotive Distribution Network as an Auto Pride member. AMI is a buying and marketing group made up of more than 80 wholesalers of tires, equipment and supplies.

• The Automotive Lift Institute has certified its 100th lift inspector through its Lift Inspector Certification Program. ALI says more than 650 additional candidates, representing 417 companies across the United States and Canada, are enrolled in the program and working toward certification.

Schrader International will expand its online training presence in 2014 with the introduction of a year-long webcast series covering all facets of TPMS service and repair.

Snap-on now offers free MODIS Ultra Training Solutions modules on its website at

Electude USA has become Continuing Automotive Service Education (CASE) accredited by the Automotive Training Managers Council (ATMC). Electude is the only automotive e-learning curriculum publisher to be CASE-certified for instructor-led training.

Federated Car Care will be the presenting sponsor of three ARCA races in 2014.

• The late Tony Martino, founder, former chairman and CEO of MAACO, has been inducted into the International Franchise Association Hall of Fame.

• Ketchum, ID-based Decked, a manufacturer of full-sized pickup truck bed storage systems, has launched its initial dealer network, featuring 68 locations. Click here to view the list.

• Heavy-duty vehicle lift company Stertil-Koni says it has boosted its manufacturing capacity and implemented enhancements to its overall production processes to speed up delivery times.

• The Advanstar Automotive Group will honor the accomplishments of military veterans who work in the automotive service repair and collision industry with special editions of its May 2014 magazines: Aftermarket Business World, Automotive Body Repair Network and Motor Age. “Salute The Troops” will feature stories about military veterans and programs.

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