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Movers & Shakers: Trim Parts Acquires Mr. Mustang; Stacey David’s GearZ Moves to Velocity

By SEMA Editors

 Mr. Mustang, Trim Parts
Trim Parts Holdings Corp. has acquired Mr. Mustang.

Trim Parts Acquires Mr. Mustang

Trim Parts Holdings Corp. has announced the acquisition of Mr. Mustang, making the company the latest member of a rapidly growing family of top-tier restoration parts manufacturers. Mr. Mustang manufactures and distributes high-quality ’64–’73 Ford Mustang restoration components. Founded in 1975 by Carl Pendley, Mr. Mustang became a highly respected and well-known name among Mustang enthusiasts around the world by manufacturing its brand of more than 200 components to exact OEM specifications.

“One of our top priorities is to continue with the same high-quality parts and great personal service that Mr. Mustang is known for,” said Mitch Williams, CEO of Trim Parts Holdings. “We are very excited about Mr. Mustang joining the Trim Parts Holdings family.  There are only a few cars in automotive history that have had the impact of the Mustang on American culture and we are pleased to be a part of that tradition.”

Upon the acquisition, Mr. Mustang will operate out of Trim Parts’ facility in Lebanon, Ohio, and production will be headed up by Pendley's daughter, Connie Johnson.

Stacey David’s GearZ to Air on Velocity

Rattletrap Productions announced that "Stacey David’s GearZ" is coming to Velocity by Discovery in October and November 2014. The show will air at 8:30 a.m. (EST) Sunday mornings on the Velocity channel. Velocity is a Discovery network primarily comprised of automotive programming. "GearZ" will also continue syndication on MAVTV on Fridays and Sundays, elevating the viewership potential of this award winning DIY show to close to 100 million.
Along with network syndication, there is also the opportunity to stream all "GearZ" episodes whenever you want.  Viewers can also get access to full-length, commercial free HD episodes through the online community titled GearZNation.   

With more than 100 episodes in syndication, "Stacey David’s GearZ" continually sets the bar for informative, instructional, and entertaining automotive programming. The show is full of how-to editorial that covers everything from hard-core fabrication to make-overs, to simple tips and tricks. It’s also packed with informative stories on people, products and events that shape the whole gearhead experience. For advertising opportunities, contact Brian Zembrycki at

Yokohama to Move to Newly Constructed Distribution Facility

Yokohama Facility
Yokohama's new 658,000-square-foot facility in Chino, California.

Yokohama Tire Corp. announced that it will move its Western Region Distribution center from the company's current facility in Fullerton, California, to its new 658,000-square-foot facility in Chino, California. The move is expected to be completed late this year. The new Western Region Distribution Center, located at 16388 Fern Avenue in the county of San Bernardino, is designed to hold tires at more than twice the capacity of the existing warehouse and bring together both full-time and contract labor. It will be used to distribute Yokohama’s products.

Ron Skyrme Joins Flaming River to Lead New Business Development

 Ron Skyrme, Flaming River
Ron Skyrme

Flaming River Industries Inc. announced that hot rodding and racing veteran Ron Skyrme will join its team. Skyrme will lead new-business development for Flaming River and will call on customers and represent Flaming River at industry shows and events in areas primarily west of the Mississippi River. Skyrme has been involved in the automotive industry since the early 1970s and started out in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he opened up his own paint and striping shop at the age of 22.

He most recently finished a 24-year career with DuPont USA—working as a Technical Advisor in the Automotive Finishes Division. He was instrumental in helping to develop DuPont’s Hot Hues line of custom vehicle finishes.

Nitto Tire's 2nd Annual Auto Enthusiast Day August 2

Nitto Auto Enthusiast Day

Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc. is bringing together enthusiasts from across all facets of the automotive spectrum for the 2nd Annual Auto Enthusiast Day, Saturday, August 2, in Anaheim, California. The company’s first Auto Enthusiast Day in December of 2013 was held to commemorate its surpassing the five-million fan mark on Facebook.

Auto Enthusiast Day offers free entry for all car show participants, vendors and spectators, and the event includes a car show, a drifting demo, a vendor midway and raffles. Enthusiasts will also have the opportunity to meet Team Nitto drivers Vaughn Gittin Jr., Matt Powers, Matt Field, Odi Bakchis, Chelsea DeNofa and Mel Wade. Tickets for the event are available online at, and interested vendors can reserve their spot by contacting

UNOH Offers Bachelor’s Degree in Automotive Technology Supervision

The University of Northwestern Ohio announced that the school will offer a Bachelor’s Degree in Automotive Technology Supervision. The course of study goes beyond the technical automotive education provided by the Associate Degree level, adding advanced technical and business management classes. The degree is designed as a 2+2 Bachelor’s program and can be completed in the College of Applied Technologies. Obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree will help students get a head start in their career with skills in marketing, customer service, safety regulations, and management. This allows students who have obtained an Associate’s Degree in Automotive Technology, Agricultural Equipment Technology, Diesel Technology, High Performance Motorsports Technology, or Alternate Fuels Technology to complete the requirements for a bachelor’s degree in just two additional years of study.

Prospective students fall into two categories: those who have already completed an Associate’s Degree, and those who are just entering college for the first time.  For those who have already received their Associate Degree in one of the above-mentioned fields, they can begin classes in the fall or spring quarter for 24 months.

For more information about the program, or to enroll, contact the University of Northwestern Ohio Admissions office at 419-998-3120 or email

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