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Movers & Shakers: Federal Tire Announces SEMA Feature Vehicle Roll-In Tire Sponsorship Promotion and Installation Program

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Federal Tire Announces SEMA Feature Vehicle Roll-In Tire Sponsorship Promotion and Installation Program

Federal Tire North America has announced a new promotion that will offer free tire product sponsorship to custom car and truck builders before the 2016 SEMA Show kicks off in Las Vegas. As the 600-plus feature vehicles arrive at the official SEMA Show, vehicle owners will be offered free tires from Federal Tire. On-Demand installation will take place during the check-in process on October 29–30 at the official check-in lot adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center. This creative program is intended to connect directly with the best custom vehicle builders in the United States. Federal Tire North America will also unveil some new tire models for the truck market at this year’s Show. Confirmed feature vehicle and booth cars looking for a tire sponsor for the 2016 SEMA Show can contact Michael Robleto of Insight Media Werks at 213-595-4720 or for more details.

Keystone Automotive Operations Inc. was presented with Automotive Parts Services Group’s the Co-Man of the Year award.

Keystone Automotive Operations Inc. Receives Co-Man of the Year Award

The Automotive Parts Services Group, commonly referred to as The Group, recently presented Keystone Automotive Operations Inc. with the Co-Man of the Year award—a distinguished honor earned by a member who exhibits continued support for and achieves commendable growth with The Group. Formed through the merging of joint efforts and resources of the Federated and Pronto programs, The Group has established one of the largest automotive-parts supply networks in North America for its members. Federated Co-Man purchases and stocks products in large volumes then redistributes that inventory to its Federated member locations. This allows members to purchase more frequently at a lower cost and receive consistent order-fill with greater coverage.

Steel Market Development Institute to Sponsor Motor Press Guild’s Annual Track Days Driving Event

The Motor Press Guild (MPG), Southern California's membership-based organization of automotive journalists, publicists and analysts, has announced the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) will sponsor its annual Track Days driving event held October 4–5 at Willow Springs Raceway. SMDI increases the use of steel by developing and communicating innovative materials and designs. Automotive manufacturers support the event by providing new vehicles for MPG journalist members to drive, enabling them to spend considerable time behind the wheel in preparation for filing stories and reports.

Russell Announces “Wrench It’ Promotion

Russell Performance has announced its “Wrench It” consumer promotion. Participating consumers can get a free adjustable AN wrench when they purchase $100 of Russell product between October 1–December 31, 2016. For complete, promotion details and to download a redemption form, visit the official Russell promotions website.

Beth San Filippo

Beth San Filippo Named Controller for VIPAR Heavy Duty

VIPAR Heavy Duty has named Beth San Filippo as its new controller. San Filippo joined VIPAR Heavy Duty and its family of companies in November 2011, and most recently was accounting manager. Before joining VIPAR Heavy Duty, San Filippo was a senior tax accountant for Ameritech Credit Corp. and a senior staff accountant for Kessler Orlean Silver & Co. She is a certified public accountant and a graduate of Southern Illinois University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.

Hypertherm Safety Champions Tracy Hannett, David Cushman II and Andy Barraby pose with OSHA Region I Deputy Regional Administrator Jeff Erksine (second from left.)

U.S. Department of Labor Recognizes Hypertherm for Outstanding Safety and Health Practices in OSHA Flag-Raising Ceremony

Hypertherm is celebrating OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star recognition for its manufacturing facility at 71 Heater Road in Lebanon, New Hampshire. This week’s recognition means all seven of Hypertherm’s New Hampshire manufacturing locations are now designated VPP Star worksites. The United States Department of Labor’s OSHA VPP Program acknowledges organizations that have outstanding safety and health practices. Before receiving this honor, Hypertherm had to demonstrate a comprehensive safety and health management system involving associates from all levels of the organization. In addition, Hypertherm had to submit detailed records and undergo rigorous five-day evaluations by teams of OSHA professionals. The program also required that Hypertherm maintain injury and illness rates significantly below U.S. government averages for their industry. For 2015, Hypertherm’s rate was less than two incidents per 100 full-time associates, compared with an industry average of more than four incidents per 100 workers. About 100 Hypertherm associates celebrated with OSHA representatives and dignitaries during a short ceremony and luncheon at Hypertherm’s newest VPP facility. Dignitaries included representatives from the State of New Hampshire, Governor Hassan’s office, and the offices of Senators Ayotte and Shaheen.

JMPR Named Public Relations Agency of Record for Prestone

Prestone Products Corp. has appointed JMPR Public Relations as its PR agency of record with responsibility for communicating the benefits of key Prestone products, planning major events and promoting the brand. JMPR will also implement multiple programs on behalf of the brand, including media outreach campaigns.

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