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Todd Hack was promoted to senior vice president of product management for General Parts/Carquest and president of Carquest Corp. Hack is responsible for the management of the Product Store Support Center. Hack has been with Carquest for the past 18 years, during which time he has managed a Carquest Auto Parts store and worked in sales and distribution.

PPG Senior Vice President of Chemicals Kevin Sullivan announced his plans to retire from the company effective July 1. Sullivan joined PPG’s fiberglass business unit in 1973 as a management trainee. “Kevin’s contributions to booth our chemicals and fiberglass businesses over the years have been significant, and his natural business acumen will be missed,” said Charles Bunch, PPG chairman and chief executive officer.

Nitrous Express Inc. hired Mike Abney as national sales manager for its automotive division. Abney brings 12 years of sales and Product Management experience to Nitrous Express. He has worked for companies such as Jacobs, Mr.Gasket and Powermaster. "We are very happy to have Mike on board; his experience will be a great asset to our company," stated Mike Wood, president of Nitrous Express.

Nitrous Express President Mike Wood (left) welcomes new Sales Manager Mike Abney.

Through a partnership with San Francisco’s KFRC 106.9 FM, CBS 5 and product sponsors Intro Wheels, Global West Suspension, Billy Built, BFGoodrich, Grant Driving Accessories, Steele Rubber Products, PPG Paint and Troy’s Body & Paint, the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association will give away a vintage ’65 Mustang this season. The car will be given away at the 19th Autumn Get-Together, November 8 and 9, at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, California. Semi-finalists will be chosen at all four 2008 Goodguys events held at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds. KFRC will have the giveaway Mustang on display at the three remaining Goodguys Pleasanton events this season (Summer Get-Together May 31 and June 1; West Coast Nationals August 22, 23 and 24; and the Autumn Get-Together November 8 and 9). To register for a chance to win the Mustang, stop by their booth or register at For more giveaway car news, visit

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Northwood University held a dedication and unveiling ceremony today (May 8) for its Sloan Family Building for Aftermarket Studies. The state-of-the-art education center has been under construction since March 2007. Open to the public, the ceremonies include a tour of the new building and the entire Northwood University campus in Midland, Michigan. 

Kicker was named the title sponsor of the 2008 Southwick Motocross National in Southwick, Massachusetts. Known as the 2008 KICKER Southwick Moto-X 338 Motocross National, presented by Scott USA, the event is set for August 23–24. In addition to the 11th round of the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF, this year’s event will also feature the Women’s Motocross National and a free concert performance.

Kicker is the title sponsor of the 2008 Southwick Motocross National.