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Specialty-Equipment Industry Stays Step Ahead of Mainstream

Ford's 2009 F-150 won North American Truck of the Year accolades from journalists at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, beating out the Dodge Ram and the Mercedes-Benz ML320 BlueTec diesel.

The selecting journalists reaffirmed what SEMA members, the specialty-equipment market and the enthusiast media already knew when they selected the F-150 as one of 2009's Most Accessory-Friendly vehicles: 

B&M Holdings Sells McLeod Industries, Now Under "Old Management"

Nitro Funny Car drag racer Paul Lee acquired 100% of the common stock of McLeod Industries Inc., including the Weber Clutches brand, according to reports in Aftermarket News and Aftermarket Business.

Massachusetts Street Rod and Custom Vehicle Bill Approved by Legislature; Moves to Governor for Signature

In a flurry of last minute activity, SEMA-model legislation (now known as H.B. 5194) to create a vehicle registration classification for street rods and custom vehicles was approved by the Massachusetts State Legislature and now awaits the signature of the governor before becoming law.

SEMA-Funded Study Highlights Six Trends in "Connected-Vehicle" Technology

The rapidly developing arena of vehicle communications and connected-vehicle technology offers important opportunities for SEMA-member companies.

Want to Lead a Seminar at the 2009 SEMA Show?

Planning for the 2009 SEMA Show educational seminars is in progress, and suggestions for topics are welcomed.

Shape Your Industry's Leadership—Nominations Open for SEMA Board of Directors

Shape Your Industry's Leadership—Nominations Open for SEMA Board of Directors - SEMA eNews, Vol. 12, No. 1 - Jan 08, 2009 |

Now more than ever, the specialty-equipment industry needs strong, visionary leadership. SEMA's 2009 Board of Directors Nominating Committee is asking you to identify the industry's most talented leaders and nominate them for a seat on the SEMA Board of Directors.


As a result of increasing vehicle system integration and complexity, OEMs have been reluctant to grant SEMA-member companies access to a vehicle’s body and chassis electrical/electronic system architecture. As reported earlier, SEMA recently commissioned an in-depth study, which presents a potential methodology to overcome these challenges: The use of an authentication model, similar to that used in the consumer electronics and computer industries, which would allow member companies limited access to certain information, while still allowing OEMs final control over the end product.


SEMA's all-new truck and restyling education expo, the Technical Skills & Training Conference, is designed to give jobbers, retailers and installers a competitive advantage in this challenging economy. New products, technical and educational seminars, and hands-on product demos with manufacturers lead the agenda of this powerful knowledge fest. See below for events and seminar schedule. Register to attend online by March 13 for $75.

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