George Barris, Eric Grant, Wade Kawasaki and Joe Schubeck will be inducted into the SEMA Hall of Fame, an honor that recognizes an elite group of individuals for raising the stature or growth or the automotive specialty-equipment industry.
The 2013 SEMA Show will include enhanced features for the Collision Repair & Refinish market, including an expanded show floor area, targeted activities both inside and outside the Las Vegas Convention Center, and an unsurpassed educational program. The upgrades come as a result of the fast-growing interest from both exhibitors and buyers in the collision market segment.
Individuals may now register to attend the 2013 SEMA Show by visiting www.SEMAShow.com/register. The annual trade show, which is open to industry professionals in the automotive specialty equipment market, is set for Tuesday-Friday, November 5-8, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The SEMA Garage-Industry Innovations Center is now open to provide manufacturers with access to a full emissions-testing EO certification lab and dyno services. Located directly across the parking lot of the SEMA headquarters in Diamond Bar, CA, the 15,000-square-feet facility will include a full mechanics garage and tech center.
SEMA Show exhibitors are making their marks, as they begin selecting the location for their booths during the Priority Booth Selection Process. The two-week process runs May 2-15, 2013, and begins with exhibitors in North and Central Halls, followed by those in upper and lower South Halls. During this time, the floorplan will be updated every 30 minutes to reflect where exhibitors will be during the actual event on Tuesday-Friday, November 5-8, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) has endorsed a proposal by Rep. Paul Cook that would end a five-year debate on how to expand the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) base at Twentynine Palms, California. Under the compromise, the Marines would have access to the adjoining Johnson Valley Off-Highway (OHV) Recreation Area for up to 42 days a year for training exercises but the OHV area would be otherwise preserved in perpetuity.
Nearly 2,000 exhibitors are confirmed to participate in the SEMA Show Priority Booth Selection Process taking place later this month. The number represents a six percent increase over the number of companies that participated in the process in 2012.
The following slate of eight candidates are vying for four open seats on the SEMA Board of Directors.
SEMA Showgoers may now secure hotel rooms from the official SEMA Housing Services at www.SEMAShow.com. Available through Travel Planners, the reservations come with guaranteed low rates and perks such as no resort fees.
SEMA has hired industry veteran Mike Spagnola to fill the newly created position of VP, OEM & Product Development Programs, effective today. Spagnola brings with him 40 years of specialty auto parts experience, including more than 20 years of product development and project vehicle work. With a focus on heightening SEMA services to help members develop products quickly and efficiently, Spagnola will collaborate with the SEMA OEM and Vehicle Technology departments while serving as a resource and a liaison for members and automakers.