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Movers & Shakers: CCW Forged Performance to Relocate to WELD Kansas City Headquarters

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WELD’s CCW Forged Performance brand will relocate to its Kansas City headquarters by December 31, 2016.

WELD to Consolidate CCW Forged Performance Daytona Operations Into its Kansas City Headquarters

WELD has announced that the operations of its Complete Custom Wheels (CCW) Forged Performance brand will relocate to its Kansas City headquarters by December 31, 2016. The process of moving equipment will begin in the late second half of this year. WELD acquired CCW of Holly Hill, Florida—a manufacturer of premium forged road race, sports car and luxury car wheels—in November 2014. WELD has designed space at its Kansas City facility to accommodate the move of CCW Forged Performance from its current operations in Florida.

DENSO Announces New Senior Manager of Quality Assurance

DENSO Products and Services Americas Inc. has promoted Wayne Eiffes to senior manager of quality assurance. In his new position, Eiffes will manage DENSO’s quality engineering and technical services departments responsible for customer and supplier quality, technical support, service and training, warranty operations and the diesel component sales and service network across the Americas. Eiffes has more than 25 years of experience in the original equipment and automotive aftermarket industries in the areas of engineering, technology and innovation. He joined DENSO Products and Services Americas in 2007 as manager of product management overseeing the electronics and sensors and fuel and electrical departments.

Hunter Engineering’s regional training facilities offer a variety of wheel service classes, including wheel alignment, wheel balancing and custom wheel and tire changing.

Hunter Engineering Opens Three New Regional Training Facilities

Hunter Engineering has announced three new regional Hunter training facilities will soon be open to students. The new training centers will be located in Harlingen, Texas, Canastota, New York, and Milford, Nebraska. Hunter now operates 43 training centers across the United States. Each of Hunter’s regional training facilities offers a variety of wheel service classes, including wheel alignment, wheel balancing and custom wheel and tire changing. Special courses may be created upon request and field seminars are available. A full-time ASE-certified instructor conducts each Hunter Training course. Fully equipped training service bays offer hands-on practice using the latest Hunter technology. Hunter Training facilities provide students with small class sizes and hands-on experience, including one-on-one time with the instructor. Classroom time is minimized to focus on skill application and emphasis is focused on learning equipment operation.

Elizabeth Puckett

Xceleration Media Group Hires Elizabeth Puckett as Digital Editor

Xceleration Media Group (XM) has hired Elizabeth Puckett as digital editor. In her new role, Puckett will be responsible for creation, management and distribution of digital content across XM’s three street websites and social media channels: Power & Performance News (, Street Rod Life (, and Gearheads4Life ( Puckett, a third-generation gearhead, purchased her dream car—a ’98 LS1 Pontiac Firebird—which she immediately began modifying and racing. At 19, she took a job with Mustangs Unlimited as a content development specialist. She continued to hone her skills while working for Spork Marketing and becoming a regular contributor to many popular aftermarket and performance publications.

2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro to feature Rigid Industries LED Fog Lamps as Standard Equipment

Rigid Industries has announced that the ’17 Tacoma Toyota Racing Development (TRD) Pro will feature unique, TRD-specification Rigid Industries LED fog lamps as standard equipment. The ’17 Tacoma TRD Pro’s specialized off-road package will include a locking rear differential, crawl control, a multi-terrain select traction control system and TRD-tuned FOX internal bypass shocks. TRD-tuned front and rear springs further enhance capability over a standard Tacoma. TRD also chose to equip the ’17 Tacoma TRD Pro with Rigid’s lighting technology. All ’17 Tacoma TRD Pros—arriving in dealerships across the country in the fall of 2016—will benefit from Rigid’s LED lighting technology.

King Bearings Receives Jasper Overall Quality Award

King Engine Bearings has received its fourth consecutive Supplier Quality award from Jasper Engines and Transmission—a remanufacturer of gasoline and diesel powertrain components. In 2012, King received Jasper’s Outstanding Service award. Now, for the third consecutive year, King has earned Jasper’s Overall Quality award. King Engine Bearings joins two other companies to receive the Overall Quality award for 2015, which is determined by joint nominating efforts between Jasper sourcing and quality teams in key areas such as supplier scorecard results, corrective action requests, warranties, quality-control first-piece history and quality issue resolution.

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