R&R Marketing Consultants Inc. announced the hire of Jason Snyder as its new western region sales director. He will be responsible for leading the R&R sales team and customer relationship strategies for 13 states and two Canadian territories. Snyder joins R&R Marketing Consultants with more than two decades of experience in the automotive space. R&R Marketing Consultants Inc., Kansas City, MO; 650-588-3404.
Jeff Campbell joined Apex Tool Group (ATG) as vice president for 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. Apex Tool Group, Sparks, MD; 410-773-7859.
Power Test Inc. acquired SuperFlow Technologies/Hicklin Engineering. Power Test will expand operations to three locations, totaling more than 100 employees and 130,000 sq. ft. The current addition of SuperFlow Technologies adds Hicklin Inc., SuperFlow Dynamometers, Axiline Precision Products and TCRS-Torque Converter Rebuild Systems to the portfolio.
As part of a development team led by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Roush has been awarded a contract through the Defense Automotive Technologies Consortium to develop two combat vehicle demonstrator platforms designated the “next-generation combat vehicle—experimental prototypes,” or NGCV–EP. The U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center will fund the eight-year program. Roush’s partners in this effort will include SAIC, Lockheed Martin Corp., Moog Inc., GS Engineering Inc., and the Nevada Automotive Test Center. Roush Performance, Plymouth Township, MI; 800-597-6874.
ATI Performance Products Inc. announced that Harvey Baker has been appointed its new marketing and sales associate. He has 25 years of experience in the aftermarket performance parts and racing industry. ATI Performance Products Inc., Baltimore, MD; 410-298-4343.
VIPAR Heavy Duty and Dayton Parts have announced a new multiyear agreement between the companies. Under the agreement, VIPAR Heavy Duty will offer the complete line of Dayton Parts products through VIPAR Heavy Duty and its entire family of companies. VIPAR Heavy Duty Inc., Crystal Lake, IL; 815-788-1725.
Custom Automotive Network (CAN) 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 the CAN membership in recognition of outstanding contributions to the custom automotive distribution system and in appreciation of conscientious dedication to the industry. Custom Automotive Network, La Quinta, CA; 760-346-5647. Edelbrock LLC, Torrance, CA; 310-781-2222. Bob Cook Sales, Collierville, TN; 901-854-4632. R&R Marketing Consultants Inc., Kansas City, MO; 650-588-3404. Competition Specialties Inc., Auburn, WA; 253-833-6211.
Kahn Media was selected as the agency of record for the second annual Classic Auto Show (CAS), which will return to the Los Angeles Convention Center, March 2–4, 2018. Kahn Media will handle public relations and specific marketing campaigns for the CAS team, with an emphasis on expanding the show’s mainstream appeal and reach. Kahn Media Inc., Moorpark, CA; 818-881-5246.
4 Wheel Parts opened the doors to its newly relocated and remodeled 60,000-sq.-ft. location in Indianapolis on September 16. Representatives from many of the industry’s leading manufacturers, such as Rubicon Express, Poison Spyder, G2 Axle and Gear, Pro Comp, Polaris, Wheel Pros and BFGoodrich, offered product displays and demonstrations. Off-road enthusiasts from throughout the region joined in the celebration, including members of the Mutiny Off-Road Club.
Covercraft Industries LLC announced that it is acquiring GT Covers. The acquisition will provide Covercraft with a large pattern library and a broad assortment of custom-fit automotive aftermarket seat covers. GT Covers was previously owned by President Gary Walsh, who will assume the role of vice president for manufacturing of custom seat covers within Covercraft. GT Covers will continue to service its customers under the GT Covers and Precision Fit brand names and will operate as a division of Covercraft out of its existing facility in Colorado. Covercraft Industries LLC, Pauls Valley, OK; 405-238-9651.
Turn 14 Distribution increased its 4x4 and off-road suspension offerings with the addition of Skyjacker Suspensions to its line card. According to Kyle Shelley, Turn 14 Distribution’s director of sales, partnering with Skyjacker Suspensions allows Turn 14 Distribution to be better poised to serve the 4x4 and off-road markets. Turn 14, Horsham, PA; 267-468-0350. Skyjacker Suspensions, West Monroe, LA; 318-388-0816.
CRC Industries Inc. announced the acquisition of Weld-Aid Products, a manufacturer and marketer of maintenance chemicals serving the welding and metal-working business segments. The Weld-Aid product business will become part of the CRC Americas Group led by Wayne King, president, CRC Americas. CRC Industries Inc., Warminster, PA; 215-674-4300.
Summit Racing Equipment’s new distribution center and retail super store in Arlington, Texas, are open for business. At 750,000 sq. ft., the Arlington facility is Summit Racing’s largest, and will ship in-stock items the same day when ordered by 10:00 p.m. (EDT). The 32,000-sq.-ft. Summit Racing retail super store offers hundreds of parts on display for all types of racing, classic and modern musclecars, trucks and SUVs and off-roading. Texas enthusiasts will also find parts for motorcycles and ATV/UTVs, tools, paint and body supplies and apparel. Summit Racing Equipment, Tallmadge, OH; 800-230-3030.
Veteran machinist and carburetor specialist Jimmy Rivera joined the management team at Get’m Garage. In the role of general manager, Rivera will be responsible internally for the coordination and execution of production and new-product development. Rivera’s vast CNC experience will fill a vital role at Get’m Garage, ensuring that the highest quality parts are produced for the company’s racing customers.
Prop Shaft Supply Inc., based in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, was acquired by Machine Service Inc. (MSI), based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The sale was finalized August 1. Prop Shaft Supply will operate as a separate division of MSI, and founder and president JP Beierle will continue as head of U.S. OEM driveline sales. The transaction was supported by M&A consulting firm Hart Marx Advisors LLC.
In August and September, Liqui Moly hired 23 people, thereby breaking the 800-employee barrier. The company’s number of employees has doubled since 2006, and the company reported that August produced the highest sales in its history. The German lubricant and additive specialist now employs 819 people—515 at the Ulm site, and 268 in Saarlouis. Liqui Moly GMBH, Ulm, Germany; +49-731-1420189.
Thyssenkrupp Bilstein of America launched its new e-catalog at cart.bilsteinus.com. The website includes improved navigation and functionality. In addition to an enhanced year/make/model vehicle-specific product lookup, customers can now search for custom non-vehicle-specific Bilstein products in the categories of custom light truck, heavy duty and motorhome, motorsports, and off-road motorsports. Extensive product information is also available. Bilstein dealers and distributors will also experience new features and functionality within the dealer portal. Thyssenkrupp Bilstein of America, Poway, CA; 858-386-5900.
JMPR Public Relations was named public relations agency of record for Haynes Manuals Inc. Founded in 1960, Haynes is a publisher of DIY automotive, powersports, marine and tractor manuals under brands that include Haynes, Clymer, Chilton and I&T. Along with traditional printed manuals, Haynes now also offers more than 300 of its manuals in a subscription-based digital format via its online manual product. 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. JMPR, Woodland Hills, CA; 818-992-4353.
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. Meyer Distributing, Jasper, IN; 800-639-3787.
APC Automotive Technologies LLC acquired the complete assets of the DuraFit brand for its AP Emissions Technologies (AP Exhaust) division from Clean Diesel Technologies Inc. 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.