SEMA eNews Vol. 19, No. 28, July 14, 2016

Movers & Shakers: “Street Outlaws” Stars to Appear at July 30–31 NMRA/NMCA Event

Compiled by SEMA Editors

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“Street Outlaws” TV stars Daddy Dave and Boosted GT will appear at the 11th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing.
   

“Street Outlaws” TV Stars Daddy Dave & Boosted GT to Appear at the NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing

“Street Outlaws” TV stars Daddy Dave and Boosted GT will appear at the 11th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing, July 30–31, in Joliet, Illinois. Daddy Dave will bring his Goliath 2.0 nitrous-gulping ’63 Chevy Nova. Boosted GT will be available for autographs and pictures, Saturday, July 30, in front of his bright-yellow turbocharged ’03 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra. 

Turn 14 Distribution Adds Retrax and EBC Brakes to Line Card

Turn 14 Distribution has included Retrax Retractable Bed Covers and EBC Brakes to the company’s warehousing operations. Retrax manufactures polycarbonate and aluminum manual and motorized retractable bed covers for pickups from domestic and import manufacturers. EBC Brakes manufactures cast-iron brake rotors in four different styles along with aramid, sintered, ceramic and carbon brake pads for every vehicle on the road today.

Mile Marker Announces New Ownership and Expansion Plans

Mile Marker Industries has confirmed its acquisition by private equity firm HRH Boca LLC. The new ownership comes with a strategic vision, building upon the company’s heritage of professional quality products. Mile Marker will retain its name and headquarters in Pompano Beach, Florida. The announcement promises developments for Mile Marker’s base of off-road enthusiasts and wholesale distributors, bringing with it new business leadership, product development and global expansion.

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B.R.A.K.E.S. has named Kahn Media as its agency of record. B.R.A.K.E.S. is a non-profit aimed at providing teens and their parents a free, four-hour safe driving class to prevent injuries and save lives.
 
   

B.R.A.K.E.S. Chooses Kahn Media as Agency of Record

Kahn Media has been named the agency of record for Top Fuel drag racer Doug Herbert’s Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe (B.R.A.K.E.S.) Teen Pro-Active Driving School—a non-profit aimed at providing teens and their parents a free, four-hour safe driving class to prevent injuries and save lives. The Concord, North Carolina-based company was founded in 2008 after Herbert lost his two young sons, Jon and James, in a tragic car crash. Although devastated by his loss, Herbert decided to turn his grief into something positive and created the driving program in the hopes of preventing other families from experiencing similar tragedy. Kahn Media will handle public and media relations for B.R.A.K.E.S. while developing dynamic media engagement strategies to increase awareness of the program and its mission. Kahn will also engage with the B.R.A.K.E.S. social media, event promotion and relationship management programs.

I-CAR Announces Launch of Production Management ProLevel 2 Curriculum for Collision Repair Professionals

I-CAR unveiled the second level of its new Production Management curriculum. Ten new courses have been launched that build knowledge in areas such as learning culture, talent, processes, controls and business skills. Individuals can register for Production Management courses now online or by calling I-CAR customer care at 800-ICAR USA. All new ProLevel 2 courses, as well as the ProLevel 1 courses launched in 2015, have now been configured to allow for more flexible access supporting customized learning paths. Training paths can now be tailored to the role-specific knowledge needs of collision-repair professionals involved in shop-wide production processes, as well as for those responsible only for sub-elements of the process. The key to this new level of accessibility and flexibility is the increased number of classes collision-repair professionals can take without prerequisites. This creates more curriculum entry points for a variety of professionals such as shop owners, managers, estimators and technicians. The newly launched ProLevel 2 curriculum includes the following courses: Implementing a Learning Culture, Hiring to Support Your Shop’s Learning Culture, Developing New Talent, Improving Your Shop’s Cycle Time Process, Gaining Efficiencies Through Blueprinting, Strengthening Your In-Process Quality Control, Speaking the KPI Language, Understanding Your Part in Profit and Loss, Building Effective Vendor and Insurer Relationships, and Understanding the Cycle Time Process.

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PPG is hosting two-day certification courses, held at 16 PPG business development centers and various field locations across North America, where technicians receive classroom and hands-on training in the paint booth.
   

PPG Certification Program Aims to Keep Technicians Up to Date

Advancements in auto refinish technologies, combined with the growing number of OEM special effects vehicle finishes, make it critical that collision refinish technicians stay current with available training. That’s what’s driving PPG’s ongoing commitment to its comprehensive technician certification training program. The two-day certification courses are held at 16 PPG business development centers and various field locations across North America, where technicians receive classroom and hands-on training in the paint booth. Courses are tailored for each of PPG’s premium brand collision and fleet refinishing systems and cover a full range of topics from product selection, equipment and color tools to surface preparation and paint application best practices. Once a technician becomes certified, this qualifies the respective collision center to offer the PPG lifetime limited paint performance guarantee. For more information about automotive refinish training classes, schedules, locations and course descriptions, visit www.ppgrefinish.com or call 800-647-6050.

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