Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 12:00am

The restyling market, generally separated into accessories and appearance, performance, and wheel/tire/suspension products, posted retail sales of $4.1 billion in 2006, making it an 11% slice of the specialty-equipment market, according to SEMA research.

The retail sales number represents a 7.3% increase from 2005, and a $1 billion jump from five years prior. Accessories and appearance products claimed the largest share of the market, accounting for 66.4 percent. Wheel/tire/suspension products followed at 18%, then performance products at 15.6 percent.

Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 12:00am

Scion, the hip, affordable youth-focused Toyota offshoot that has made accessorization a large part of its success, offers customers a faster way to the car of their dreams.

Putting a twist on the built-to-order car, the automaker can now deliver a special order in days (or a few weeks for those in the Heartland), rather than months were it assembled in Japan, according to Automotive News.

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The companies below represent the members of the Light-Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) and Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) that received council awards and recognition during last weekend's LTAA/PRO Industry Awards Reception held in conjunction with the SEMA Spring Expo and SEMA OFFROAD in Indianapolis.

LTAA Award Winners

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SEMA-member companies have posted several new listings for job opportunities at www.sema.org/classifieds. Working for a SEMA-member company has many advantages. In addition to working for a company that supports and contributes to the success of the overall industry, being employed by a SEMA-member company enables employees to participate in webinars, access free market research, join SEMA committees and more.

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Dates and locations for several upcoming SEMA-sponsored shows and activities have been announced. Details are:

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Filler for eNews

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The SEMA National Education Conference, scheduled April 10–11 in Nashville, is a concentrated, two-day leadership program developed exclusively for automotive specialty-equipment executives. With the knowledge shared at this conference, you'll discover how to lead your company to new levels of success. You'll receive real-world skills for immediate application, targeted information presented specifically for the automotive specialty-equipment industry and inspiration to make the necessary changes to more easily and effectively meet the challenges of a rapidly changing future.

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ARMO Members—Help Shape the Future of Your Industry
Members of ARMO have the unique opportunity to help shape the future of the restoration industry by choosing appropriate representatives to serve on the Select Committee as their eyes, ears and voice. 

Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 12:00am

Penray announced that Sarkis Aroyan, international sales manager and senior application engineer-coolant inhibitor, is celebrating his 15th anniversary with the company. Aroyan began his career at Penray in 1993 as a product specialist and technical engineer in the Power Fleet Division, working mainly with coolants. He became the antifreeze inhibitors sales manager in 1994. Aroyan added the responsibility of territory manager for Wisconsin, Northern Michigan and Canada in 2005.

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NEWS NUGGETS
SCHUMACHER, HIGHT START 2008 SEASON WHERE THEY LEFT OFF WITH A WIN IN POMONA; ANDERSON COLLECTS 52ND WIN: Defending Top Fuel world champion Tony Schumacher began his 2008 campaign for a championship where he left off last season, picking up his 42nd career victory Sunday at the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Schumacher ran a 4.499 at 331.28 past new teammate Cory McClenathan to pick up his sixth win at the historic track.

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