Fast Facts

SEMA News—October 2017

Industry News

By Amanda Gubbins

Fast Facts

Sean Lannoo

Continental Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket announced that Sales Technical Training Specialist Sean Lannoo was nominated for the Tire Industry Association (TIA) 2017 board of directors. Lannoo was one of 14 industry professionals nominated for the position. TIA members will select four candidates to serve three-year terms on the board. Tire Industry Association, Bowie, MD; 800-876-8372.

Transamerican Wholesale announced that Jason Brown, owner of Jays Tires in Turlock, California, won a brand-new ’17 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, the grand prize in the company’s latest truck giveaway. The truck build includes Rancho suspension with a Ride Rite leveling kit, Westin front and rear bumpers and side steps, American Force wheels, Toyo Tires, a Smittybilt bed cover, a Warn winch, Bushwacker fender flares, WeatherTech floor liners, Flowmaster exhaust and a G2 differential cover. Transamerican Autoparts LLC, Compton, CA; 310-900-5500.

Hunter Engineering announced that the newly redesigned was awarded a Platinum dotComm award in the business-to-business website category. dotComm Awards is an international competition honoring excellence in web creativity and digital communication. The Platinum dotComm award is the highest level given to an organization and represents excellence in web communication, creativity, content and design. Hunter Engineering Co., Bridgeton, MO; 314-731-3020.

Advanced Clean Air Technologies (ACAT) Global LLC announced that its Charlevoix, Michigan, location was named by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency California Air Resources Board (CARB) to become a canner for aftermarket catalytic converters in California with a CARB-approved catalyst supplier (using ceramic and metallic substrates). The company can now submit exemption applications to CARB for aftermarket catalytic converters, subject to compliance with California evaluation procedures for new aftermarket catalytic converters. ACAT Global, Charlevoix, MI; 231-437-5000.

RealTruck undertook an organizational restructure to align departments and leaders more closely with company objectives to optimize performance. A key change was the appointment of Dan Strezo as vice president of the merchandising department. An industry veteran with 27 years of experience in the automotive aftermarket industry and 13 years in online retail, Strezo now oversees category managers, brand managers, vendor relations and research and development., Jamestown, ND; 877-216-5446.

Driven Performance Brands announced the acquisition of APR Performance from Mangrove Equity Partners LP. APR is a designer and manufacturer of performance software tuning solutions and highly engineered hardware products, including turbo systems and air intake, exhaust and suspension components for Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen vehicles. Driven Performance Brands, Santa Rosa, CA; 707-544-4761.

Alberto Bombassei, Brembo chairman and president, was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame. Along with industry luminaries Ed Welburn and Jack Roush, Bombassei took his place among the most honored automotive industrialists from around the world. Brembo North America Inc., Plymouth, MI; 734-468-2100.

GCommerce was awarded a United States patent for a method to provide an electronic functional acknowledgement of a document exchange, even when the trading partner’s system is incapable of producing the acknowledgement. Primary inventor Jason Popillion is the chief technology officer for GCommerce and is a member of the leadership team for the Technology Standards
of the Auto Care Association. Popillion was joined as inventor named in the patent by Sireesha Suryadevara, senior software engineer for GCommerce, Michael Hilty and Andrew Kirpalani, both formerly of GCommerce. GCommerce Inc., Des Moines, IA; 515-288-5850.

Flow Dry Technology acquired the assets of Elliott Manufacturing Co. (EMC) in a deal that combines the two manufacturers based in Brookville, Ohio. Founded in 1973 by Milton Sr. and Anna Elliott, the family-owned company has been Flow Dry’s supplier of quality plastic injection-molded parts since 1986. EMC’s material expertise includes engineering-grade thermoplastics, filled nylons and molded rubber, among others. The company manufactures a wide variety of injection-molded plastic parts and partial and complete assemblies for the automotive, aerospace, medical and consumer products industries.

Superchargers Online was named as the first Eaton Authorized Service Center in North America. This new designation allows Superchargers Online to offer repair and rebuild services utilizing Eaton factory parts for OEM and aftermarket Eaton-based hybrid roots superchargers. This new designation enables Superchargers Online to rebuild or repair Eaton superchargers for a fraction of the cost of a new replacement, giving vehicle owners, dealership service centers and repair shops a more cost-effective option. Superchargers Online, Simi Valley, CA; 818-518-9889. Eaton Corp., Southfield, MI; 800-328-3850. 

Galpin Motors announced that its chairman and CEO, Bert Boeckmann, was presented with Ford Motor Company’s first Dealer Hall of Fame award in recognition of his lifetime of achievement, outstanding performance and inspirational leadership. Galpin Ford also received more than 12 additional awards, including being recognized as the number-one volume Ford dealer for a record 27 years in a row. Galpin Auto Sports, Van Nuys, CA;818-922-3800.

4 Wheel Parts has opened its newest retail store at 6771 Boone Ave. North, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. The Brooklyn Park location represents the company’s 80th in North America, continuing its expansion goal of 100 North American locations by the year 2020.

Denso International America Inc. received an Excellence in Partnership Award from Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. for exceptional quality, delivery performance and cost-program participation. Excellence in Partnership Awards recognize top-performing suppliers meeting the criteria. This is the second consecutive year Subaru has awarded Denso its Excellence in Partnership award. The award recognizes quality work across Denso’s facilities in North America. Denso Products & Services Americas Inc., Long Beach, CA; 888-963-3676.

TEN: The Enthusiast Network announced the appointment of Reed Morales as sales director of automotive aftermarket events. In his new role, Morales will manage sponsorship, sales and service for three aftermarket lifestyle events: the Hot Rod Power Tour, the Original Super Chevy Show, the Car Craft Summer Nationals, and 20-plus automotive events produced by TEN annually. TEN: The Enthusiast Network, El Segundo, CA; 310-531-9900.

Airtex/ASC named industry veteran Bruce Tartaglione as its senior strategist of new-business development. In this role, Tartaglione will lead new-business development strategies for the aftermarket, leveraging Airtex/ASC core business competencies to drive future growth.

Schwartz Performance was awarded the Pro-Builder of the Year title during the Car Craft Magazine Summer Nationals. This year, Schwartz entered a custom pearl-orange ’70 Plymouth Barracuda powered by a supercharged Gen-III 426ci Hemi with more than 800 hp and driven from the right-hand side. That modification required a custom floor, a new steering system, and a one-of-a-kind dashboard and interior. Schwartz Performance Inc., Woodstock, IL; 815-206-2230.

Motovicity Distribution has launched a new business-to-business e-commerce website, The new site features digital manufacturer catalogs and documents, price files and complementary product information. Additional features include the ability to accept PayPal, an “online wallet” that allows the management of payments in real time, and the opportunity to suggest that Motovicity stock a product currently not carried. Motovicity Distribution, Madison Heights, MI; 888-773-3316.

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