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Movers & Shakers: National Performance Warehouse Acquires Speed Warehouse; Jennifer Walter Named Cie Studios' VP of Production

National Performance Warehouse (NPW) of Miami last week acquired the wholesale operations of Speed Warehouse of Hayward, California. NPW President/CEO Larry Pacey noted that it was the company’s second acquisition in four years, including the 2008 acquisition of Southern Performance Warehouse in Clearwater, Florida. Speed Warehouse was recognized as SEMA Warehouse Distributor of the Year in 1985, 2000 and 2005. Former Speed Warehouse President Gary Light retains the operations of Vic Hubbard Auto Supply, the retail and installer segment of the original Speed Warehouse business, which was not part of the deal. Pacey says his company is also considering further acquisitions.

Jennifer Walter
Jennifer Walter

Cie Studios appointed Jennifer Walter to vice president of production. Based in Baltimore, Walter heads the company’s Baltimore and Long Beach offices. She has been with Cie Studios for more than 10 years and has helped develop next-generation interactive solutions for Scion, Pioneer Electronics, Nitto Tire, DreamWorks and more.

Delta Kits Inc. announced that it broke a 26-year sales record last month. The company attributes the 11% increase over the previous sales record to two proprietary Delta Kits products: the MagniBond resin and HLPRO302 Headlight Restoration System.

Federated Auto Parts presented Outstanding Supplier Support Awards to its supplier partners who demonstrated excellent performance in each of five categories in 2009. The awards were presented on April 16 at the company’s annual meeting held in Tampa, Florida. The recipients were: East Penn, Order Fill Vendor of the Year; Standard Motor Products (SMP), Education/Training Vendor of the Year; Federal-Mogul, Marketing Vendor of the Year; Affinia, Sales Representation Vendor of the Year; Dorman, Electronic Catalog Vendor of the Year.

The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum is conducting a panel discussion on Saturday, May 15, 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m., celebrating the life and achievements of Mickey Thompson: First American to 400 presented by Banks Power. Moderated by Dave McClelland, the panel will include Judy Thompson Creach, Danny Thompson, Alex Xydias, Tom Jobe and Gale Banks. The cost is $20 and includes admission to the museum and light refreshments. Tickets can be purchased at the door. The museum is located at 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Bldg 3A, Pomona, CA 91768.

Deeza Chassis Parts recently adopted environmentally friendly packaging for all of its products, and the company now ships all of its metal parts in anti-corrosive packages to ensure they remain rust-free during transportation and storage. The moisture-preventative bags help protect against humidity and salt, contain no nitrates or phosphates, and are completely biodegradable.

Chop Shop Customs will hold an open house on Saturday, May 8, from 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Vendor spots will be made available for local businesses, and all classic and custom vehicles are welcome in the lots.