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News Briefs 4/9/14

• Several governors across the country have declared April as Car Care Month in their respective states.

• The Indiana Auto Body Association (IABA) is now the second supporting association member of ASA.

Alldata has updated its core products, Alldata Repair S3000 and Alldata Collision S3500, with a VIN decoder.

Snap-on has introduced the ETHOS+ Technician Plan, a way to get an ETHOS+ scan tool, software upgrades and full-warranty coverage on a weekly payment plan. The company offers two- and three-year ownership options.

• Porsche coverage is now available in the optional European software for Snap-on’s family of diagnostic tools via Software Upgrade 14.2.

Speedemissions Inc. saw its revenue decrease 8.5 percent to $7.10 million in 2013 as it net loss widened from $656,037 to $814,482 on a year-over-year basis.

American Tire Distributors saw its net sales rise 11.1 percent to $3.84 billion in 2013, primarily driven by the addition of new distribution centers as well as acquisitions. This helped ATD to pare down its net loss from $14.35 million a year ago to a loss of $6.36 million.

CarMax’s service department sales increased 1.1 percent to $25.60 million in the three months ended Feb. 28, 2014.

Rotary Lift now requires each of its authorized installer companies to have at least one Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) certified lift inspector on staff.

• In just under 12 months of operation, brake-school.com (the online training site from Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems) now serves over 16,000 registered users.

Lincoln Electric now offers, for purchase, a welding equipment warranty extension program for an additional two years, building on the standard three-year warranty included with the purchase of the company’s welders and wire feeders.

• Lincoln Electric now offers a Weld Parameter Guide mobile application for Apple iOS and Android-enabled devices.

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