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News Briefs 8/29/12

• A new emissions inspection law has been enacted in North Carolina that exempts vehicles of the three latest model years — as well as 1996 or later models with 70,000 miles or less — from state emissions inspections.

Snap-on Inc. reports that more than 2,750 franchisees (a record) attended its annual franchisee conference held earlier this month in Las Vegas. Total attendance topped 6,500, according to the company.

BB&T Capital Markets was the financial advisor to Service King Collision Repair Centers in its sale to the Carlyle Group and company management. For more information on the transaction, click here.

Gates Corp. was presented with the Friends of NACAT award by the North American Council of Automotive Teachers at the organization’s July conference. The annual award is given to a company that is active in supporting NACAT in its mission to promote, update and improve automotive service education.

AutoTraker Inc., a software and technology provider to the tire and automotive aftermarket, has added Carfax QuickVIN to its AutoTraker Plus and AutoTraker EZ software. This allows users to retrieve the year, make, model and VIN information of their customers’ cars by entering only the license plate number.

Mitchell 1 is now offering free online training sessions for its ProDemand repair information software every weekday at 12:00 pm and 5:00 pm (EDT). To join the sessions or to learn more about them, click here.

MACS Worldwide will host a fall Mobile A/C Boot Camp Sept. 28-29 at its training facility in Lansdale, PA. The two-day event will include a Section 609 training class and certification test and an update on the new refrigerant HFO-1234yf. For more information, visit or call (215) 631-7020 ext. 306.

Craig Clark, president and chief operating officer of WellSpring, is scheduled to speak at the International Tire Exhibition & Conference (ITEC), which will be held Sept. 18-20 in Cleveland. He will discuss how business intelligence disciplines, such as reporting, online analytical processing and predictive analytics, can be used to increase profits for businesses in the tire and auto service industry.

Alldata has updated its corporate website. New content includes client video testimonials and full webinars.

• The first Tint World franchise in Illinois has opened. It’s in the Chicago suburb of Bensenville.

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