SEMA eNews Vol. 18, No. 31, July 30, 2015

Movers & Shakers: Meyer Distributing Acquires 5 Seasons RV; KYNM TV Station Adds Rev’n

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Meyer Distributing Announces Acquisition of 5 Seasons RV

Meyer Distributing Inc. announced the acquisition of the U.S. operations of 5 Seasons RV Distribution in Portland, Oregon.

“With the recent consolidation activity in the RV parts distribution business, it’s not surprising we have received an enormous amount of requests from both RV customers and suppliers to add additional product lines to this category, and quickly,” said Bruce Terwiske, director of purchasing for Meyer.

Meyer CFO Jeff Braun stated, “5 Seasons will be a great fit for us. It gives us an additional presence in the RV parts distribution business and rounds out our nationwide logistical map! We will soon add a fleet of vehicles to deliver auto and RV parts, furniture, and our 3PL clients’ goods throughout the Northwest and bring this last region of the U.S. mainland our family-oriented business touch. We see the Northwest much like the Midwest region where independent proprietors enjoy doing business with family-owned and -operated companies. We will have 5 Seasons RV integrated in a few days, and then we’ll add additional infrastructure to connect all Meyer inventory in short order while dramatically increasing local stock in Portland. We continue to look for acquisitions and partners in the Northwest region to strengthen our presence.”

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Nicholas Conti
   

Mitchell 1 Names 2015 Automotive Technology Outstanding Student

Mitchell 1 named Nicholas Conti, a student from Falconer, New York, the 2015 Automotive Technology Outstanding Student. Mitchell 1 recognizes one student for achievement in automotive technology and auto shop repair scholastics. Conti received a $2,500 scholarship, a check for $500 and roundtrip airfare and accommodations to attend the NACAT conference. Conti will attend Alfred State, a college of technology, in the automotive service technician program to one day own and operate his family’s business, Conti’s Service Center Inc.

TV Station KYNM Adds Rev’n

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Albuquerque-Santa Fe, New Mexico, television station KYNM officially added Rev’n, a Luken Communications network, to its programming. Geared toward performance enthusiasts, Rev'n is dedicated to cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, ATVs, snowmobiles, events, auctions and more. Albuquerque and Santa Fe area viewers can now find Rev’n content, such as "Two Guys Garage," "Bidding Wars" and "My Classic Car," on channel 21.4.

Matthew Hawkins Named President of RTM Productions

RTM Productions, a television company specializing in automotive tech content, named Matthew Hawkins president, effective August 1. Hawkins, who joined RTM in 2006 as vice president of marketing and digital media, is currently serving as executive vice president. Current RTM President Joe St. Lawrence, who founded the company 26 years ago, will continue with the company as a senior advisor.

“Matthew has been instrumental in the success and growth of RTM over the past decade,” St. Lawrence said. “Having Matthew lead RTM in the future has been my desire for some time. His hard work and vision has put RTM in a great position to serve our advertisers as we move into the digital age.”

Three America’s Car Museum’s Vehicles Prepare for ‘The Drive Home’

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Three classics, including this ’66 Mustang, will travel across the United States as part of America’s Car Museum’s "The Drive Home."
   

Three America’s Car Museum (ACM) cars will trek across the United States this winter. Called "The Drive Home," the 11-day transcontinental odyssey (December 27 – January 7) includes three ACM red vintage cars—a '57 Chevrolet Nomad, '61 Chrysler 300G two-door hardtop and '66 Mustang—traveling from Tacoma, Washington, to Detroit. The Drive Home concludes with the opening of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

The 2,400-mile journey will have stops along the way for enthusiast “rallies” in Portland and Bend, Oregon; Boise, Idaho; Salt Lake City, Utah; Denver, Colorado; Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri ; Bloomington and Chicago, Illinois; concluding with a major celebration in Detroit. Net proceeds from the road trip will benefit the Hagerty Education Program at ACM, a program dedicated to preparing young adults for careers in automotive restoration via hands-on, career-based training, scholarships, paid internships and apprenticeships.

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