SEMA News—July 2019


By SEMA Editors

Resource Guide
The SEMA “2019 Business Resource Guide” features contact information and descriptions of SEMA-member companies offering services specific to the automotive aftermarket industry.

New Resource Guide Features Industry Services Offered by SEMA Members

SEMA recently announced the availability of its newest member benefit: the “2019 Business Resource Guide.” The guide, which is available electronically at and is included in a print version through the May issue of SEMA News, features contact information and descriptions of SEMA-member companies offering services specific to the automotive aftermarket industry.

The guide includes listings for advertising agencies, consultants, export management companies, importers, internet-related services, manufacturers’ reps firms, promoters, publishers and media companies, and trade schools, universities and colleges.

The guide also highlights a sample of the cost-saving benefits offered to all SEMA members. The benefits available include unlimited access to the world’s most complete data repository, improved flat-rate pricing through UPS, access to insurance with lower costs and better coverage, member exclusives at the annual SEMA Show, and more.

Gigi Ho
Gigi Ho joined the SEMA Data Co-op (SDC) as director of operations.

e-commerce Expert Gigi Ho Joins SEMA Data Co-op Team

Gigi Ho joined the SEMA Data Co-op (SDC) as director of operations. She will be based at SEMA headquarters in Diamond Bar, California, and will report directly to Mike Spagnola, SEMA vice president of OEM and product development programs.

Ho has more than 18 years of experience in the automotive aftermarket and more than 25 years of experience in technology, developing and launching leading-edge SaaS-based data solutions for the automotive aftermarket. She started Digital Performance Inc. in 2001, joined DCi in 2014, and was recently with PartsHub.

“Gigi has a great affinity for the industry and believes that the advancement of technology and education can prepare and drive the industry well into the future,” Spagnola said. “She has also participated with many SEMA committees and initiatives as well as speaking to the industry on topics of data, e-commerce and marketing, so she understands both the industry and SEMA exceptionally well.”

Permatex moved its headquarters to a 350,000 sq.-ft. facility in Solon, Ohio.

Permatex Moves Headquarters to 350,000-Sq.-Ft. Facility in Solon, Ohio

Permatex has moved its business operations recently from Hartford, Connecticut, to its Solon, Ohio, facility, where manufacturing and distribution centers are already in place. The new Permatex headquarters is located at: ITW Permatex Inc., 6875 Parkland Blvd., Solon, OH, 44139. The location currently consists of a 180,000-sq.-ft. distribution center and 170,000-sq.-ft. facility that supports the manufacturing and business operations. The campus has room for Permatex to double the size of its headquarters to 700,000 sq. ft. to accommodate new growth. The facility is home to 19 high-tech robots designed for the elimination of repetitive motion and to lighten the amount of heavy lifting done by Permatex employees.

VP Racing Fuels
VP Racing Fuels Inc. has  opened its first-ever VP Fastlube quick lube center in Fredericksburg, Texas.

VP Racing Fuels Opens First-Ever VP Fastlube Oil Change Center

VP Racing Fuels Inc. has announced the opening of its first-ever VP Fastlube quick lube centers in Fredricksburg, Texas. VP Fastlube offers a credit card program with low rates, a preferred supplier program and savings on bulk oils.

Westin Acquires Superwinch

Westin has announced it has added Superwinch to its family of automotive products. Westin plans to expand upon the current Superwinch product offerings, with new designs in the future, while providing distributors with additional added value through its line of winch-capable products. In the coming weeks, Westin will work on new Superwinch product programs, availability and marketing materials.

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