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News Briefs 2/5/14

• The NASTF/ASA OEM Scan Tool Resource Center is now open.

Magneti Marelli Aftermarket North America (Auburn Hills, MI) has selected CAS of New England as its first distributor of Magneti Marelli diagnostic scan tools for North America.

• Cincinnati-based Tire Discounters is expanding into Nashville with 12 locations planned, beginning with the first store openings this spring. The company already has 87 stores throughout the Midwest.

• Tire Discounters is now a service provider member of the Automotive Maintenance & Repair Association (AMRA).

• Eight Royal Tire locations across northern Ontario are being converted over to the Fountain Tire banner. The two companies have had a 50/50 partnership since 2012.

Lang Marketing offers a new study, “80 Products Installed … 2013 and 2014,” that provides volume, share and trend analysis for these items through seven major U.S. groups of car and light-truck service outlets. Click here for more information.

TBC Corp. has signed a three-year contract with Revionics Inc. for price and promotion optimization.

Mopar/Chrysler is testing stand-alone Express Lane no-appointment basic maintenance shops, according to a recent article from Automotive News. It’s worth checking out.

Stanley Vidmar, which includes the Lista storage and workbench company acquired in 2012, is now called Stanley Storage & Workplace Solutions. The business is now a part of Stanley Black & Decker’s industrial and automotive unit.

• The 2014 schedule for the in-person Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems Brake Training School kicks off March 25 in Owosso, MI. The schedule offers classes into November, with a total of 23 sessions in 13 U.S. states and Ontario. Click here for more information.

• The CCC One Total Repair Platform is now the technology platform of choice for Fix Auto’s network of collision repair shops.

Lincoln Electric has launched a mobile application, called the Lincoln Library, that provides welding and cutting information.

eBay is now an associate member of the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA).

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