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Apex Tool Group Names Jeff Campbell Vice President, Sales and Channel Marketing, North American Hand Tools
Jeff Campbell recently joined Apex Tool Group (ATG) as vice president, sales and channel marketing, North American Hand Tools. He is responsible for sales and channel marketing efforts in ATG’s industrial, construction and automotive distribution channels, which include all North American Hand Tools product lines. Campbell reports to John Constantine, senior vice president and president, North American Hand Tools. Most recently with Werner Co., Campbell served as senior vice president of North American Sales for its Werner ladders and fall protection, Knaack jobsite and Weather Guard truck and van products. Before Werner, he worked for Newell Brands as vice president of sales for its IRWIN and LENOX tool brands, among others, and was responsible for all U.S. sales in its professional distribution channels.
Custom Automotive Network Announces Manufacturer, Person, Sales Rep, Reseller of the Year at 2017 CAN Connect
Custom Automotive Network (CAN), formerly known as Performance Warehouse Association (PWA), has named Edelbrock LLC its 2017 Manufacturer of the Year, Les Rudd of Bob Cook Sales its 2017 Person of the Year, R&R Marketing Consultants its 2017 Sales Rep of the Year and Competition Specialties Inc. its 2017 Reseller of the Year. The awards are voted on by CAN membership in recognition of outstanding contributions to the custom automotive distribution system and in appreciation of conscientious dedication to the industry. The awards were presented by CAN President Tracie Nunez at the 44th Annual CAN Connect Conference, September 10, 2017.
JMPR Named Public Relations Agency of Record for Haynes Manuals Inc.
JMPR Public Relations has announced that it has been named public relations agency of record for Haynes Manuals Inc. Founded in 1960, Haynes is a leading publisher of DIY automotive, powersports, marine and tractor manuals, under the Haynes, Clymer, Chilton and I&T brands. Along with traditional printed manuals, Haynes now also offers more than 300 of its automotive, motorcycle, marine and ATV manuals in a subscription-based digital format via its online manual product. JMPR was reportedly selected because of the agency’s extensive relevant experience in the automotive aftermarket business and its relationships with industry and consumer decision makers. JMPR will be responsible for helping drive awareness of Haynes’ new OnDemand product, which offers job-by-job, model-specific, videos covering the most common repair and maintenance tasks.
Meyer Distributing Adds Lifetime Products Inc.
Lifetime Products Inc. is the newest addition for Meyer Distributing. Lifetime offers a variety of consumer products, including in-ground basketball hoops, kayaks, storage sheds, molded-plastic folding tables and chairs and large outdoor play sets.
4 Wheel Parts celebrated the opening of its newest location last Saturday, September 9, in Cincinnati.
4 Wheel Parts Celebrates Cincinnati Grand Opening
4 Wheel Parts celebrated the opening of its newest location last Saturday, September 9, in Cincinnati—the off-road aftermarket retailer’s 83rd North American location. Many of the industry’s leading manufacturers, including Pro Comp, Rubicon Express, Poison Spyder, G2 Axle and Gear, Wheel Pros, Polaris and BFGoodrich, were on-hand with product displays and demonstrations. Off-road enthusiasts from throughout the region joined in the celebration, including members of the “Cincy JK Crew” Jeep Club. ASE-certified technicians were also onsite providing installation discounts on select products purchased in addition to one-time-only specials.
APC Automotive Technologies Acquires DuraFit Brand and Assets
APC Automotive Technologies LLC has acquired the complete assets of the DuraFit brand for its AP Emissions Technologies (AP Exhaust) division from Clean Diesel Technologies Inc. (CDTi). Doug Wolma, president of AP Emissions, and Hugh Charvat, CEO of APC Automotive Technologies, made the announcement jointly, noting that the overall acquisition encompasses the DuraFit brand, manufacturing and distribution assets, as well as customer and supplier contracts. With the DuraFit brand in hand, AP Emissions Technologies will focus on the commercial vehicle aftermarket, targeting vehicle fleets operating class 7 and 8 diesel-powered trucks.
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