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Movers and Shakers: ARP Takes Over America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Sponsorship, QA1 Opens New State-of-the-Art Facility

By SEMA Editors

ASE Education Foundation Names New Officers and Board

The ASE Education Foundation has announced the officers for its 2020 board of directors. The new chair is Chris Wallace, technical training integration manager, General Motors. Vice Chair Ted Hood is the division sales manager, Genuine Parts Company. Donna Schaar, AVP talent at CarMax Inc., is the new treasurer. Secretary is Michael Godson, professor, Clark College. Lenora Jackson, manager training operations, American Honda Motor Co., serves as past chair.

New members of the board are Todd Berman of Berman Auto Group and Rafael Garcia of Hill Country European Autoworks, as well as two others who joined the board in mid-2019: Mike Hoffman of FedEx Freight and Trey Michael of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Leaving the board after years of valued service are Mark Miller of General Motors, Jim Norton of Jim Norton Toyota and Donny Seyfer of Seyfer Automotive.

Nathan Malinick

Hennessey Performance Appoints Nathan Malinick as Director of Design

Hennessey announced the hiring of Nathan Malinick as director of design. He reports to founder and president, John Hennessey. Nathan will oversee design direction for both Hennessey Performance Engineering and Hennessey Special Vehicles.

Malinick will be responsible for developing the company’s design strategy, philosophy and principles in conjunction with the engineering and manufacturing functions, as well as the marketing and customer insights team.

ARP Now Sponsoring Major GNRS Awards

ARPAutomotive Racing Products Inc. (ARP) has taken over sponsorship of the prestigious AMBR (America’s Most Beautiful Roadster) award, beginning with the 2020 edition of the nation’s premier hot rod show. 
  

Automotive Racing Products Inc. (ARP) has taken over sponsorship of the prestigious AMBR (America’s Most Beautiful Roadster) award, beginning with the 2020 edition of the nation’s premier hot rod show. Additionally, the company has gotten behind the Al Slonaker Memorial Award. Named after the founder of the famed Oakland Roadster Show, from which the GNRS evolved, it honors the best non-roadster in the show.

Winners of both the AMBR (Monte Belsham—'32 Ford) and Slonaker (Ron Ernsberger—’36 Willys) awards received smaller-scale “keeper” trophies to take home, as well as a nice check in the amount of $12,500.00.

QA1 Opens New State-of-the-Art Facility

QA1 announced that the company has moved into a brand-new headquarters, located just two miles from QA1’s previous facilities. The new building combines all of QA1’s operations under one roof, providing more than 100,000 sq.-ft. of manufacturing, office, and distribution space. The new address is: 9574 217th Street West, Lakeville, MN 55044.

According to the company, the new facility has multiple improvements over the previous facilities, including dedicated machining, fabrication and composites manufacturing cells, an R&D center, complete climate control, and planned space to grow into.

Keystone Automotive Operations Inc. Welcomes BMR Suspension

Keystone Automotive Operations Inc. welcomes BMR Suspension, a leading suspension manufacturer in the street performance, stock suspension drag racing, and pro touring markets, to its Performance Handling category.

Founded in 1998, BMR has built a reputation for providing reliable performance suspension products for more than 22 different late-model and classic muscle car applications.

Edelbrock Clarification: Edelbrock Is Still in the Nitrous Business

A recent erroneous report stated that Nitrous Supply acquired Edelbrock LLC’s nitrous oxide business. According to the company, Edelbrock is still in the nitrous business and recently sold inventory to Nitrous Supply. Edelbrock stated that the report was not authorized by the company and should be disregarded. Furthermore, Edelbrock LLC is not affiliated with Nitrous Supply, other than as a product vendor. Edelbrock has requested for corrections and/or removal of published stories regarding this matter.

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