Lumileds appointed Dave Illes as director of sales for the North American automotive aftermarket. He will be responsible for all sales channels and customers in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Illes has more than 25 years of automotive aftermarket executive sales and account management experience.
Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels opened a facility in the company’s hometown of Stow, Ohio. The new state-of-the-art headquarters and warehouse covers 200,000 sq. ft. and serves as the eastern distribution center and corporate headquarters for Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels, which includes both the Mickey Thompson and Dick Cepek brands. The new address is 4651 Prosper Dr., Stow, Ohio 44224. Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels, Stow, OH; 330-928-9092.
FCA US LLC opened a new 500,000-sq.-ft. MOPAR Parts Distribution Center (PDC) in Metro Detroit. The Romulus, Michigan, facility employs more than 100 workers and represents an investment of $10.4 million by FCA US. With an additional PDC opened earlier in 2017 in Winchester, Virginia, FCA US invested $22.6 million during the year to strengthen its parts distribution network in the United States, with 23 PDCs in North America. FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills, MI; 248-512-3755.
AirPro Diagnostics appointed Mark McCahill as its director of human resources. With more than 20 years of experience, McCahill has balanced experience between startups and established Fortune 500 companies and a background in staff and leadership development.
Dave Brzozowski was named motorsports manager for Wilwood Disc Brakes, overseeing all motorsports-related projects and opportunities. In his new role, Brzozowski will work with race teams and internal staff to gather important feedback from each racing market, and provide on-site support at races throughout the season. Wilwood Engineering, Camarillo, CA; 805-388-1188.
Prestone Products Corp. hired Jim Amerio as its vice president of North American sales. Amerio joins Prestone with more than 25 years of sales experience and will drive the brand’s profitable volume and share growth. Amerio will take on the role of motivating and leading sales teams and capabilities while building and expanding wiring with key customer leaders. Prestone Products Corp., Lake Forest, IL; 800-890-2075.
John Force Racing (JFR) announced that Sara Slaughter, most recently media relations manager for the NHRA, has joined the team as its new public relations director. Slaughter will manage all aspects of JFR’s public relations and publicity and work closely with Vice President of Sales Steve Cole in the California office, and Director of Marketing Kelly Antonelli at JFR’s race headquarters in Brownsburg, Indiana.
Turn 14 Distribution selected MagnaFlow as the winner of its Supplier of the Year award. Turn 14 Distribution honors one company each year with the award, highlighting a vendor that excels in not only the product it creates but also how it supports distributors. Considerations for the award include ease of warehouse receiving, accurate product data and co-op/marketing programs that help both companies. Turn 14 Distribution, Horsham, PA; 267-468-0350. MagnaFlow Exhaust Products, Oceanside, CA; 949-858-5900.
Continental announced that two of its technologies earned CES 2018 Innovation Awards. The Ac2ated Sound speakerless audio system was named an honoree in the in-vehicle audio/video product category, and the Continental Air Supply (CAirS) was honored in the eco-design and sustainable technologies category. Product entries were judged by a panel of independent industrial designers, engineers and members of the trade media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting-edge consumer electronics products across 28 product categories. Continental Automotive Systems Inc., Allentown, PA; 610-289-0488.
ToyMakerz partnered with Source Digital to launch a ToyMakerz companion app and website that connects fans to exclusive behind-the-scenes content as well as specs about builds and deals. With the sync feature, the app can be used simultaneously while watching the show to recognize specific scenes, or anytime when not in sync. Viewers can engage with brands and products they see on screen by pressing “sync” or by looking in the “Meet the ToyMakerz” section.
VP Racing Fuels Inc. announced the appointment of Tiffany Boone as business-development representative to support the company’s growing retail consumer products team. Recently, Boone spent several years as national sales manager for a plastic manufacturing company in the St. Louis area. In her current position, Boone will be responsible for VP’s consumer products Midwestern U.S. sales region. VP Racing Fuels Inc., Elmendorf, TX; 210-635-7744.
Centric Parts, a division of APC Automotive Technologies, received the Outstanding Shipping Performance Award from the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance. This is the second consecutive year that Centric Parts has received the honor, given in recognition of a 95% or greater fill rate delivered throughout the calendar year for all product lines, including drums and rotors, friction and hydraulics. Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, San Antonio, TX; 800-288-6825.
Insane Audio, a U.S.-based manufacturer of in-dash stereo, multimedia and navigation solutions for the off-road aftermarket, has chosen Wes-Coast Marketing Inc. to represent the company. Wes-Coast Marketing Inc., Upland, CA; 909-946-6899.
Tow Brothers Co. Ltd. is the newest company to join the VIPAR Heavy Duty network of distributors as a stockholder. Tow Brothers is a family-owned and -operated truck and trailer parts distributor and maintenance shop that began business in Amarillo in 1958 and has expanded to include locations in Longview, Texas, and St. George, Utah. VIPAR Heavy Duty Inc., Crystal Lake, IL; 815-788-1725.
Motovicity Distribution announced E3 Spark Plugs as the newest addition to its line card, with E3 products now available for wholesale purchase through Motovicity Distribution. Motovicity Distribution, Madison Heights, MI; 888-773-3316. E3 Spark Plugs, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL; 904-280-0339.
Hastings Manufacturing Co. and Piston Rings Komarov announced a merger. According to the companies, by joining forces, both can leverage technology, a larger footprint and a greater reputation to add value to customers around the world. Petr Masek will continue to lead the Piston Rings Komarov manufacturing organization and report to Ken Holbrook, CEO and president.
AirPro Diagnostics announced the appointment of Michael Quinn as senior vice president of business development. With more than 35 years of experience, Quinn is a technician at heart, a former regional multi-shop owner/operator, a past chairman of the Collision Industry Conference, and a Hall of Eagles inductee.
The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer presented the Founder Club Member Award to longtime partner the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA). Amy Jo Osborn, co-founder of the Austin Hatcher Foundation, presented the award to IMSA President Scott Atherton in recognition of the sanctioning body’s assistance in generating nearly $2.5 million in contributions to the foundation from 2009–2017. Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer, Chattanooga, TN; 423-802-7398.
Coker Tire announced that it has signed an exclusive tire and wheel sponsorship agreement with Mecum Auctions. The new partnership includes on-site booth displays at each of the 18 stops along the 2018 Mecum schedule as well as commercial spots and dedicated air time during coverage, offering perspectives about auction vehicles equipped with Coker tire products. Coker Tire Co. Inc., Chattanooga, TN; 800-251-6336. Mecum Auctions Inc., Walworth, WI; 262-275-5050.
R&R Marketing Consultants (RRMCI) recently signed a manufacturer’s representative agreement with Mag Instrument Inc. The new relationship will allow RRMCI the opportunity to represent the Maglite line in the aftermarket auto industry throughout the United States. R&R Marketing Consultants Inc., Kansas City, MO;
Meyer Distributing Inc. announced the addition of a location in Harlingen, Texas. The cross-dock will have a direct, next-day feed from Meyer’s Dallas distribution hub. Meyer Distributing, Jasper, IN; 800-639-3787.
Turn 14 Distribution expanded upon its wheel offerings with the addition of Cosmis Racing Wheels to its line card. Turn 14 Distribution Inc., Horsham, PA; 267-468-0350.