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Movers & Shakers: UWS Achieves SEMA Data Co-Op Platinum Status; ORMHOF Welcomes New Board Members


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UWS Achieves Platinum Status with SEMA Data Co-Op

UWS, a manufacturer and designer of American-made storage carriers and truck accessories, has achieved platinum status with the SEMA Data Co-Op (SDC). Platinum is the highest status rating that can be achieved through the data-management organization. Platinum data provides nearly 60 PIES fields (product) and ACES data (application and fitment), making it a complete set of descriptions, images, videos, tariff codes and sales metrics. This data makes it easy for retailers to create informative product listings. According to the SDC, end-users of the data are more likely to build listings from platinum suppliers than from suppliers with a lower data status.

CAN Connect Conference Moves to Frisco, Texas

Custom Automotive Network (CAN) is now accepting registrations for the 45th Annual CAN Connect Conference, September 9–12, 2018 in Frisco, Texas. The annual networking event, formerly known as the PWA conference, is an exclusive opportunity for manufacturers, resellers, sales reps, service providers and media to meet in a private businesslike environment to discuss sales and marketing policies, grow existing business and initiate new business.

Dave Werremeyer

Vortech Superchargers Hires Dave Werremeyer

Vortech Superchargers has announced the addition of Dave Werremeyer. Well known and respected among racers and manufacturers alike, Werremeyer brings a wealth of racing information and relationships that will benefit both new and existing Team Vortech racers. Formerly national tech director and racer communications for ProMedia, Werremeyer was in charge of creating and overseeing the rules for the heads-up racing classes, and running each vehicle through tech inspection at each NMRA and NMCA race event. He has been involved in racing in one way or another his entire life, helping his father at the track when he was young, then building a ’68 HEMI ’Cuda himself to race the Super Stock class.

Jeff Furrier
Rafael Navarro III

Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame Welcomes Two New Board Members

Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHOF) Chairman Mark McMillin has announced that the ORMHOF board of directors has unanimously voted to add two new board members, Jeff Furrier and Rafael Navarro III. Both will serve three-year terms, effective immediately. Furrier’s family has been in the tire business since 1963, and later expanded to include Desert Rat Off Road Centers and UPR Racing Supply. He has worked in the business since 1980. Navarro has worked for automotive and motorsports companies for more than 22 years. In addition to being chief marketing officer of Pirelli Tire North America, he also serves on the board of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.

The Hundreds Partners With BIGFOOT 4x4 for Limited-Edition Capsule Collection

The Hundreds has announced the release of The Hundreds X BIGFOOT. The collection will be available Friday, March 23, at The Hundreds Los Angeles, its United States and United Kingdom online shops, PacSun and select authorized retailers.

Hot Rodders of Tomorrow
Team Vibrant Performance, from Burton Center for Arts & Tech in Salem, Virginia, finished in first place with a time of 18:12.

Three Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Teams Qualify at the Summit Piston Powered AutoRama

The Hot Rodders of Tomorrow (HROT) Engine Challenge third event of the 2018 season was held at the Summit Piston Powered AutoRama in Cleveland, March 16–18, where eight teams from three states competed and three qualified for the Dual National Championship, to be held at the SEMA Show and PRI Trade Show later this year. In fifth place was team Mr. Gasket, from C D Hylton High School in Woodbridge, Virginia, with a run time of 30:31. In second place was Team Remflex, from Franklin County Career & Technology Center in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, with a time of 21:02. In first-place was Team Vibrant Performance, from Burton Center for Arts & Tech in Salem, Virginia, with a time of 18:12. To qualify for the Dual National Championship, a team must finish disassembling and reassembling a small-block Chevrolet engine in less than 33 minutes, including penalties. For more information, visit

National Performance Warehouse Announces Second Store Expansion in Alabama

National Performance Warehouse (NPW) Companies has announced it has acquired Abbie Auto Parts in Boaz, Alabama. This brings the total of the southeast auto-parts chain to 12. The southeast auto stores are supported out of NPW’s Associate Jobbers Warehouse (AJW) in Boaz. AJW operates from a 165,000-sq.-ft. modern facility that serves more than 200 jobbers.

Mi-T-M Corp. Celebrates 20 Years of Water Treatment

Mi-T-M has announced that 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of its Water Treatment Division. From recyclers to clarifiers and pretreatment systems to recovery systems, Mi-T-M offers water treatment systems for applications, including rental yards, heavy equipment dealers, trucking facilities, ship yards, rental fleets, oil fields, municipalities and golf courses.

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