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Aftermarket Update: Dana Launches New Automotive Website

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Toledo, OH – Dana Corp. has launched its newly redesigned automotive website, located in the automotive section of www.dana.com.

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The new site offers expanded content and better navigation capabilities. Products are grouped into five main categories:

• Architecture, which features products such as bi-metallic structures, cradles, frames, side rails, and twist beam axles;

• Chassis, which includes areas such as fluid lines, steering and suspension components, and Dana’s Rolling Chassis module;

• Driveline, which features axles, differentials, driveshafts, torque couplings and power-takeoff units;

• Engine, which includes bearings, gaskets, heat shields, fluid lines, seals, rings and tubes; and

• Transmission, featuring coolers, lines, transaxles and transmissions.

Site content is organized several different ways with access through drop-down menus. Visitors wanting information on a specific product can also do so through a traditional search function.

Car Care Council Women’s Board Establishes Northwood University
Annual Scholarship

Bethesda, MD – The Car Care Council Women’s Board announces it has established an annual scholarship for women enrolled in the Automotive Aftermarket/Management program of study at the Michigan campus of Northwood University.

“We are honored to sponsor an annual Northwood University woman’s scholarship,” said Jennifer Tio, president of the Car Care Council Women’s Board. “This is really a win-win situation for everyone because it not only benefits the recipient, but it also helps grow the pool of qualified females within the automotive aftermarket.”

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The scholarship will be based upon academic merit and financial need. In order to qualify, each recipient is required to participate in three campus or community-related projects; demonstrate career interest; maintain measurable academic progress; communicate with the donor; and remain enrolled full-time for the entire academic year of the award. Applications and scholarship information packets will be available after Dec. 1 of each year through the Northwood University scholarship office.

For more information about the Care Council Women’s Board, visit http://women.carcare.org or e-mail [email protected]

Joseph Felicelli Will Be AASA’s New Chairman
Research Triangle Park, NC – Joseph P. Felicelli, executive vice president, worldwide aftermarket operations, Federal-Mogul Corp., Southfield, MI, will take the reins as the new chairman of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) on Nov. 1, at the group’s board meeting in Las Vegas.

Felicelli is the second aftermarket executive to serve as leader of the association, established in 2002. Current Chairman Charley Johnson, president and CEO of TransPro Inc., New Haven, CT, will step down as the group’s first chairman at the November meeting. Vange Proimos, president of Goerlich’s Inc., Goldsboro, NC, will serve as the new vice chairman.

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Felicelli is responsible for Federal-Mogul’s global aftermarket operations, including sales, marketing, distribution and logistics. He also has global operational responsibility for chassis and brake hard parts, fuel, wipers, ignition products and lighting.

Prior to joining the company in September 2001, Felicelli served as group vice president, aftermarket for Delco Remy International Inc. He also has served in operations vice president roles in Cooper Industries’ automotive groups, the Cooper Automotive Division and the Moog Automotive Division.

Also serving on the AASA Board of Directors with Felicelli and Proimos are Guy Andrysick, senior vice president, Honeywell Consumer Products; Jack Cameron, general manager, The Timken Company; Dan Daniel, senior vice president and president of LVA, ArvinMeritor Aftermarket; Greg Gyllstrom, vice president and general manager, Visteon Aftermarket; Don Herring, vice president, sales, Standard Motor Products; Bob Hirsch, CEO, Gold Eagle Co.; Mark Johnson, president, Hastings Manufacturing Co.; Peter Klotz, vice president, DENSO Sales California Inc.; Ken Mullen, executive vice president, CARDONE Industries; David Touchette, director, aftermarket sales and marketing, Cooper/Bussmann; John Washbish, president, Dana Corp.; and Dennis Welvaert, president, N.A. automotive aftermarket, Dayco Products LLC/Mark IV Automotive.

CARQUEST Auto Parts Names 2004 Excellence Award Recipient
Raleigh, NC – Al Duebber, owner of Duebber’s Automotive Service Center in Cincinnati is the winner of the 2004 CARQUEST Excellence Award. He received the award from CARQUEST Corporation President Art Lottes and National Director of Training and Professional Markets Mike DeSorbo on Oct. 9 in San Antonio, TX.

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“I’m very pleased to have been named the CARQUEST Excellence Award recipient,” Duebber said. “Attending the awards banquet and the Technician’s Advisory Council meeting was one of the most rewarding weekends of my life. I’m quite blessed with the recognition.”

A 32-year veteran of the automotive repair industry, Duebber is ASE certified as a service consultant (level C1) and is an Accredited Automotive Manager through the Automotive Management Institute. Duebber’s Automotive Service Center was one of the first service centers in the country to be recognized by ASE as a Blue Seal of Excellence facility.

The CARQUEST Excellence Award, in its 13th year, is announced annually in conjunction with the CARQUEST Technician’s Advisory Council meeting. The annual award seeks to recognize the independent automobile service business that, through the course of everyday service excellence, exemplifies the professionalism necessary to build public understanding and respect for people working in the auto service industry today. Winners are judged in five areas; technical expertise, customer relations, industry involvement, shop appearance and community involvement. In 2004 there were more than 500 entries.

Federated Counterman Named Counterperson of the Year
Staunton, VA – Federated Auto Parts Store employee Randy Lipscomb has been named Counterman magazine “2004 Counterperson of the Year”; it was announced by Counterman Editor Brian Cruickshank. Lipscomb is employed by Pat Young Service Co., a Cleveland-area Federated Warehouse Distributor.

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“We are thrilled that one of our counter people won this prestigious award,” said Mike Schultz, executive vice president of Federated Auto Parts. “We pride ourselves on having friendly, knowledgeable and hard-working counter people in all of our auto parts stores. This award is a wonderful testament to Federated’s commitment to customer service.”

Lipscomb, who has been in the auto parts business since 1967, currently oversees Pat Young Service’s 46-store Federated Car Care Centers in the Cleveland-area. He also hosts his own TV show on WAOH-TV in Akron, “Handy Randy’s Car Care.”

“This is a well deserved honor for Randy,” said Duke Young, president of Pat Young Service Co. “Randy has done an outstanding job operating and maintaining one of the strongest Federated Car Care Programs in the United States. Randy does any job we ask him and is one of our most friendly and knowledgeable counter people.” For winning the award, Lipscomb will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas to attend Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week (AAIW). He will receive his award at a luncheon held during the show.

Three New Members Join the Auto Pride Group
Precision Brake and Wheel of Porterville, CA; Discount Auto Parts of Pacoima, CA; and Knight’s Auto Parts of Raton, NM, have joined the Auto Pride Group. Precision Brake and Wheel was founded in 1955 and serves the southern San Joaquin valley with automotive and heavy-duty product lines. Discount Auto Parts was founded in 1981 and serves the San Fernando valley from their new warehouse in Pacoima and operates four jobber stores, as satellites, throughout their trading area. Knight’s Auto Parts was founded in 1989. Their business serves automotive, heavy-duty and industrial accounts in northeast New Mexico and Southern Colorado.

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Santech Introduces A/C Market Index
Ft.Worth, TX – Santech Industries has announced the Santech A/C Market Index, a first-of-its-kind database that tracks the hot weather patterns associated with the automotive air conditioning market. The index allows comparison of the historical effect of the weather against business results.

Located at www.santech.com under the tab “A/C Market Index,” the index and data are searchable by major cities, states, regions or the entire U.S. Days with temperatures over 80°, 90° and 100° are shown compared with the previous 10-year averages. The average high temperature is also shown against historical data. Regions have been assigned based on similar A/C weather patterns. More than 10 years worth of data is available and can be viewed by month and year.

iATN Waveform Library Exceeds 10,000 Images
Brea, CA – The International Automotive Technicians’ Network (iATN) Waveform Library exceeded 10,000 vehicle-specific images in September 2004. The extensive library includes waveforms, scan data, infrared data, schematics, drawings and photos that have been uploaded by iATN member-technicians. Images in the library are searchable by file type, range, make, model, engine size, system, related component and vehicle condition, and by keywords. Many of the images are also linked to TechMail messages or forum discussions on iATN.

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“The iATN Waveform Library is the only place on the Internet where a technician can search for a scope pattern, digital image or drawing, and often get the image, plus technical information from the linked TechMail message or forum discussion,” said Brent Black, iATN founder and president.

The library also contains waveform images illustrating properly functioning systems and components, as well as waveforms that illustrate failures. “The images are from real-world situations and many are discussed at length among technicians, which make the library a very valuable learning tool. Technicians then apply what they learn to improve the accuracy of their repairs, resulting in greater levels of customer satisfaction,” added Black.

The Waveform Library is part of the iATN Knowledge Base, and is available to sponsoring members of the network. Technicians with a basic membership in iATN may simply upgrade their accounts to gain access to the library. To find out how to become a sponsoring member, go to: www.iatn.net/ overviews/sponsor/.

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