In today’s roundup, an Israel-based manufacturer of aluminum parts for the automotive industry has announced plans to open its first North American production facility in eastern Indiana, reports the Associated Press.
Auto-Wares’ Eli Magallanes takes BCA gold in giveaway.
Location, location, location: The Automotive Distribution Network has quickly sold out for the group’s 2017 Exposition, which will be held Feb. 23–27, 2017, at the luxurious Fiesta Americana Resort in Cancun (yes, THAT Cancun.)
Federated brings back Federated Free Fuel Fridays on Facebook.
It’s a scientific fact: Jeans raise money. Brake Parts Inc has raised more than $175,000 for the United Way of Greater McHenry. Employees raised money several ways, including wearing jeans at work!
More winning: The Timken Co. has announced the winners of its Tech Series promotion. Timken Tech Series, a free online training program, provides automotive technicians valuable information about bearings, seals, wheel hub units, lubricants and more in commercial vehicle applications. Four people each got $500 gift cards, just for learning.
From the “Up in Smoke” files: United States Customers and Border Protection officers say they seized 76 pounds of marijuana in a shipment of auto parts from a truck at the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit, ClickOnDetroit.com reports. Officers saw “unusual” shapes at the back of the trailer during an x-ray examination.
And finally, has your auto parts store been robbed? A recent spate of robberies has me wondering. As retailers, auto parts stores are as susceptible to robbery as any other retail operations. Several recent robberies (here, here, here, here and here) and, the tragic shooting death of a parts store employee, had me wondering how pervasive this crime is. If you have a moment, please let all of us know if you’ve experienced this personally.