• 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.
• 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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