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Turn 14 Distribution Announces Acquisition of Substantially All Assets of Motovicity Distribution
Turn 14 Distribution Inc., a distributor of high-performance automotive parts and accessories for a full assortment of passenger cars, light trucks and race vehicles, headquartered in Horsham, Pennsylvania, and Motovicity Distribution Inc., a distributor of high-performance automotive parts and accessories for a full assortment of passenger cars and race vehicles, based in Madison Heights, Michigan, have announced that they have signed a definitive agreement under which Turn 14 Distribution will acquire substantially all of Motovicity’s assets for an undisclosed price. Turn 14 Distribution will extend employment offers to a majority of Motovicity’s employees.
In 2013, Motovicity was recognized by its peers as SEMA’s 2013 Warehouse Distributor of the Year.
“Motovicity’s singular commitment to the B2B channel, impressive enthusiast employee base, and unapologetic competitiveness pair perfectly with Turn 14 Distribution’s core values,” said Jon Pulli, CEO of Turn 14 Distribution. “I look forward to combining our efforts and increasing our capabilities to further build Turn 14 Distribution’s position as the leader in the distribution of high-performance parts and accessories for the automotive aftermarket.”
This transaction marks Turn 14 Distribution’s first asset purchase agreement since its formation in 2007. Moving forward, Motovicity’s operations will cease and the company will operate exclusively under the name Turn 14 Distribution.
Jonathan Mill Joins Power Automedia’s Alloy Studios as Executive Producer and General Manager
Power Automedia has announced that accomplished automotive executive Jonathan Mill has joined the company. Mill has accepted a role as executive producer and general manager of Alloy Studios—Power Automedia’s video production company. With 10 years of multi-media marketing and advertising, product development and publishing experience, plus his familiarity with all things automotive, Mill has worked hard to pursue his professional career in an industry he is passionate about. Prior to joining the Power Automedia team, Mill began his career in the entertainment space with automotive being just a hobby. His career switched gears, though, when he developed the award-winning E-Stopp—a push-button emergency brake and an anti-theft unit for custom and classic cars. He soon found himself back into the entertainment side of automotive, leading integrated marketing and sales for broadcast and over-the-top content. Mill later became publisher of Hot Rod magazine, where he ushered in a new era with the Discovery Communications acquisition. Additionally, Mill has been honored as the SEMA Gen III Innovator and has been an active volunteer leader within SEMA.
Superformance’s new ’65 MKIII-R Cobra, which is a combination of classic styling and contemporary modifications.
Superformance Unveils Reimagined ’65 MKIII-R Cobra
Superformance has unveiled the company’s newest devlopment—the all-new ’65 MKIII-R Cobra, which is a combination of classic styling and contemporary modifications. The Superformance MKIII-R is an engineered and crafted reproduction of the original, built under license from Carroll Shelby Licensing Inc. to exacting standards, with more than two-thirds of the steel monocoque chassis’ parts being interchangeable with an original GT40 car. While the addition of integrated “scalloped” fenders and hood headline some of the MKIII’s modern additions, the vehicle retains much of its original shape and wheelbase. The vehicle’s suspension incorporates some modern components, as the front of the MKIII chassis sports fully independent unequal length A-arms with adjustable Bilstein coils over telescopic shock absorbers, while the rear also utilizes independent unequal length A-arms with fabricated hub carriers and coil-over shock absorbers.
Inside of the MKIII-R, Superformance added custom French stitched seats and a body color accented thread. The MKIII-R’s transmission tunnel is also adorned with leather to complete the classic look. In a twist of modern flair, the vehicle’s dashboard is equipped with all-new Superformance electronic gauges. Standard equipment included in the MKIII-R includes power steering, LED headlights, 18-in. wheels and a wide variety of exterior and interior color options.
Since each Superformance chassis comes without the engine included, installation kits are available for Ford 302, 351, 460 and 427/428 cid engines with Tremec five-speed or Ford top loader four-speed transmissions. The rolling chassis is available at a starting price of $79,900.
Nicole Bradle Joins SEMA as Council Director
Nicole Bradle has been hired as SEMA’s new council director. Starting May 26, she will be the liaison for the Wheel & Tire Council (WTC), Emerging Trends & Technology Network (ETTN) and SEMA Businesswomen’s Netowork (SBN). Previously, Bradle was the director of member relations at the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R). During her time there, she redesigned the company’s member engagement model, transformed and guided their resident and fellow council, overhauled customer service and oversaw all member-relations activities, among other responsibilities. Before the Academy, Nicole spent 11 years at the American Society of Anesthesiology as the conference manager and later executive director for 2-9 anesthesia subspecialty societies. As executive director, she partnered with her volunteer leaders to advance their missions and build solid leadership structures for future growth. Throughout her career, her passion has been working with volunteer leaders and building trusted relationships. As a past “40 Under Forty” award winner from Association Forum, she continues to give back to Forum through teaching CAE classes, volunteering on committees and being a resource for Forum staff when needed.”
Dura-Bond Bearing Has Named Joe Kerick As Product Development Manager
Dura-Bond Bearing recently announced it has named Joe Kerick as its new product development manager. Kerick is a veteran of the transmission and aftermarket replacement parts industries, who most recently was director of product management for Restoration Parts Unlimited. Prior to that, he was a senior category manager at Transtar Industries and a senior product manager with Standard Motor Products.
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