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News Briefs 5/8/13

• Check out this fascinating story from Automotive News regarding a new General Motors program trying to get dealerships to buy more parts from GM and less from ACDelco wholesale distributors. Click here to read the story.

Weathers Motors of Media-Lima, PA is the Federated Auto Parts Shop of the Year. Weathers is a former Chrysler dealer that, in 2009, discontinued its relationship with the car company and joined the Federated Car Care network.

ASA-Michigan has launched a new “members only” community website, www.MiASACommunity.com, and revamped its main site, www.ASAMichigan.com.

Sullivan Tire & Auto Service has opened (on Brighton Avenue in Portland) its 15th retail location in Maine and its 66th retail location overall.

Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers has opened its 40th retail location, a shop in Collinsville, IL, which is just east of St. Louis.

Myers Industries’ distribution business (Myers Tire Supply) saw its revenue decrease 0.2 percent to $42.65 million in the first quarter of 2013. Management attributed the drop to a decline in replacement tire shipments, as improved pricing and increased equipment and new product sales were more than offset by lower sales of supplies in line with the market.

Penske Logistics has been awarded the contract to operate BMW of North America’s parts distribution center in Nazareth, PA. This 875,000-square-foot facility is the automaker’s largest PDC in North America.

LoJack Corp. has reached an agreement with Sym-Tech Inc., a financing and insurance partner to automotive dealerships in Canada. The deal calls for Sym-Tech to sell and market LoJack stolen vehicle recovery and early warning systems to authorized car dealers in Ontario.

Maaco has selected Miami-based Rock Orange as its communications agency.

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