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Hayes Lemmerz International Inc. appointed Fred Bentley to the new position of COO of Hayes Lemmerz International Inc. and president of the company's Global Wheel Group. As COO, Bentley will be responsible for all of the company's manufacturing and business unit operations. Bentley joined the company in 2001 and most recently served as COO and president of the company's Global Wheel Group. Bentley will continue to report to Curtis J. Clawson, president, CEO and chairman of the board.

Restylers' Choice LLC announced that it purchased the remaining assets of Auto Trim Express Inc., including the exclusive rights to the designs, website, phone numbers and more. Production of the Auto Trim Express line resumed on August 1, and is being produced using digital technology. Designs will maintain the same look and color combinations.

Mitchell 1, along with the North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) named Bruce Amacker as Educator of the Year. Mitchell 1 recognizes one of the nation’s top teachers annually for excellence in automotive repair instruction. Amacker is the Owner of TurboTraining, where he provides instruction and training for PowerStroke/T444E/ DT466E Engines, School Bus Fleet Maintenance, ABS Braking Systems, Multiplexing, Automotive Fuel Control and other topics across the United States. Amacker was presented with a check for $500 along with a recognition certificate, courtesy of Mitchell 1.

Terry Kohl, president of Media Management Marketing, authored a new book, Lost Your Job? Now What! The book takes the situation that most people fear and demonstrates how losing a job can change someone’s life for the better. Kohl’s 116-page book is available for $9.95 online at

Forecast Products, based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, hired aftermarket industry veteran Gary Allen as its vice president of sales. Prior to joining Forecast, Allen was national sales manager for Cooper Bussmann and Cadna Automotive, as well as program group sales manager for TRW/Autospecialty.