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    Mar 01 2015
    Join the Network for Upcoming Professional Development ProgramsTen Emerging Trends & Technology Network (ETTN) members recently participated in a professional development program designed to enhance their leadership skills, improve task skills and provide insight into the latest trends and technical advancements. The Social Media Strategies Summit was the first of three events for 2015, held at the beginning of February at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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    Mar 01 2015
    Not to be confused with the billet grilles that took off in the ’80s, bullet grille treatments were a hot modification trend in the late ’50s. So hot, in fact, that Car Craft magazine put a custom ’55 Chevy with a close-up of its sparkling bullet grille on the cover of its December 1959 issue. The how-to story inside demonstrated how easy the pieces were to install, thanks to several bullet grille kits that had hit the market. California Custom Accessories in Los Angeles offered three different kits, with 24, 36 or 42 bullets, at prices ranging from $30 to $55. (The 36-piece kit was used for the Chevy featured in the story.)
    SEMA News—March 2015

    HERITAGE

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    Mar 01 2015
    GMC Acadia The GMC Acadia is reportedly moving to GM’s new Chi architecture, which is said to result in a slightly downsized crossover.Nissan Maxima Sport.This new Nissan Maxima test car has less camouflage around key elements of the design, including its C pillar and side-window profile.
    SEMA News—March 2015

    INDUSTRY NEWS

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    Mar 01 2015
    Law and Order is an update of some of the most recent federal and state legislative and regulatory issues that could potentially impact the automotive specialty-equipment industry. These include issues affecting small-business owners and their employees.
    SEMA News—March 2015

    LEGISLATIVE AND TECHNICAL AFFAIRS

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    Mar 01 2015
    Breaking news from SEMA member companies, including Lucas Oil Products, Turn 14 Distribution, Luken Communications, Champion Oil and more.
    SEMA News—March 2015 

    INDUSTRY NEWS

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    Mar 01 2015
    The Future Is NowWhat do a car dealer, a former Navy SEAL commander and a financial advisor have in common? They were all recently elected to serve in the U.S. Congress. As a result of the November midterm elections, a lot of new faces have arrived in the nation’s capital. Fifty-eight first-timers were elected to the House of Representatives and 13 to the U.S. Senate. Among them are the future champions of the automotive specialty-equipment industry. While sorting through all of the new names may seem daunting, here are a few to keep an eye on.
    SEMA News—March 2015

    FROM THE HILL

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    Mar 01 2015
    Take a Tour of the SEMA GarageSEMA members are invited to take free tours of the SEMA Garage and enjoy breakfast through three SEMA Garage Tour dates—March 3, 10 and 17. The tours, which will take place on each of the dates from 9:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m., will take members through the Garage to learn of the tools available to developed and market products faster and more cost effectively. Key Exhibitor Dates for the 2015 SEMA ShowSEMA Show management has announced several key dates for companies interested in exhibiting at the 2015 SEMA Show, November 3–6, in the Las Vegas Convention Center.
    SEMA News—March 2015 

    INDUSTRY NEWS

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    Mar 01 2015
    The Wheel and Tire Council (WTC) recently caught up with a couple of new members to learn more about their companies and their experiences in the industry. Meet Ann Fladger of Allure Custom Automotive and Steve Hamilton of AnthemWheels.com.
    SEMA Member News—March/April 2015

    Getting to Know WTC Members and the WTC Measurem

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    Mar 01 2015
    Founded by Alex Shen 18 years ago, SP Engineering began as a tuner shop in a humble 4,800-sq.-ft. facility with three employees in City of Industry, California. The company has since expanded into retail with a 13,000-sq.-ft. facility, five lifts and 13 employees. Business has changed drastically for SP Engineering since the Nissan GT-R launched in 2008. The company previously worked with a mixture of Japanese cars and European exotics, including the 2JZ, RX7, 350Z and V12 Lamborghini. Since 2008, the GT-R has represented about 90% of SP Engineering’s market.
    SEMA News—March 2015

    RETAILER SPOTLIGHT

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    Mar 01 2015
    The Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) recently released the second edition of the “PRO Sales Training Manual,” a resource designed to help restylers, trimmers and accessory retailers build more successful dealer-direct sales strategies. The original idea for the resource came about at a long-range planning meeting a decade ago.
    SEMA Member News—March/April 2015

    Revised “PRO Sales Training Manual” Gives Re