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The Week In Review (Aug. 21-25, 2006)

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THE WEEK IN REVIEW (August 21-25, 2006)

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ASA to Communicate with Members through New Blog
The Automotive Service Association (ASA) is among the latest in the aftermarket industry to launch a blog website. ASA’s new blog (http://blog.asashop.org) will provide commentary and analysis about the automotive service industry and association news. The new “President’s Blog,” which will be published bi-weekly, will be written by Ron Pyle, ASA’s president and chief staff executive.
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ATMC Sets Agenda for Fall Conference
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Registriation Now Open for the 2006 AAIA Product Awards Program; Early-Bird Special Available                                                                                                                                                                      Read more

One Week Left to Register for University of the Aftermarket Leadership Training 2.0
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DISTRIBUTION & SERVICE NEWS: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

 
Precision Auto Care Signs Agreement with Identifix
Identifix, a provider of online and hotline diagnostic and repair information, has signed an agreement with Precision Auto Care to introduce Identifix services to all 330 Precision Tune Auto Care franchises nationwide.                                                                                                                                                                   Read more

 
GPC Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend; Announces Additional 15 Million Share Repurchase Program
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ACDelco, Dale Carnegie Expand Relationship Globally
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Repair Shops Keep Customers Tuned-In to Car Care Message
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CSK Auto Teams Up with RewardStream to Help Drive Growth in DIFM Market
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National Performance Warehouse to Hold 17th Bi-Annual Open House in November
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Greg Epsaro Named TECH-NET Professional Auto Service/ASE Technician of the Year
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Wrenchead Acquires icarz
Wrenchead, Inc., an ebusiness solution provider to the wholesale distribution and retail markets, today announced it has joined forces with icarz, Inc., a provider of web-based point of sale and warehouse solutions. The new company will be named WHI, Inc.
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U.S. Trade Gap in Automotive Parts Grows
The U.S. trade deficit in automotive parts has been widening in the past five years with China emerging as one of the fastest-growing contributors to the gap. The U.S. trade deficit in automotive parts was $37 billion last year, up from $13 billion in 2000.
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Chinese Aftermarket Expected to Triple Over Next 10 Years to $12.2 Billion
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Maximum Marketing Services Celebrates 25 Years
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Herman Trend Alert: On-Site Clinics Reduce Healthcare Costs
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Book Promoting Reman as the ‘Ultimate Form of Recycling’ Available Online
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Goerlich’s Changes Name; Adds Two Industry Veterans to Advisory Board
Goerlich’s Inc. has announced plans change its corporate name to AP Exhaust Products Inc. AP Exhaust Products manufactures and markets exhaust system products under the brands of Goerlich’s, Merit, TruckEx and Xlerator Exhaust Systems. The name change was part of the sale arrangement that took place in 1998 when AP North American Aftermarket Division was purchased by private ownership.
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Autolite Taps into Popularity of Blogs
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More than 6,000 Take Delphi buyouts
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DENSO Now Offers A/C, Engine Management Service Training for Techs
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Bosch Launches New Website for Aftermarket Professionals, Motorists
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ThyssenKrupp Hopes to Sell U.S. Automotive Ops Soon
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Auto Suppliers with Links to Ford See Shares Fall on Monday
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Tenneco Enhances Online Brakes Catalog
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Continental AG Wants to Acquire More Automotive Electronics Businesses
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Tenneco Freezes Defined-Benefit Payments
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WIX Filters to Sponsor Motor Mania Car Show which Benefits Victory Junction Gang Camp
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DynaLiner, CrystaLiner Name Media Management Marketing as PR Firm of Record
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Champion Parts Reports Continued Profitability for Second Quarter, First Half
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Midtronics Sells Battery Charger Product Line to Schumacher Electric
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Keith Pretty Named New President of Northwood University
 
Keith Pretty, JD, has been selected as the new president of Northwood University. Pretty replaces Dr. David Fry, who is retiring this month, after serving 24 years as president of the university. Pretty becomes the third president in the university’s 47-year history. Dr. Fry will remain as president emeritus.
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Johnson Controls Promotes Two to Leadership Posts in Interiors Business
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CCC Information Services Inc. Announces Senior Management Additions
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ArvinMeritor Announces Executive Changes in its Global Operations; Creates Emissions Technology Group
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Nissens Names New Production Director
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Cooper Appoints Director of Investor Relations
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Clevite Announces Two Executive Promotions
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Commercial Vehicle Group Promotes Pippen to Director of Quality
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Autoliv Creates New COO Position, Announces Executive Appointments
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Goodyear Launches Fuel Efficient Truck Tire Technology
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. recently unveiled a new fuel efficiency technology that the company said can deliver up to 4 percent better truck fuel economy. Goodyear’s Fuel Max Technology was launched in a new line that includes steer, drive, trailer tires and retreaded tires for line-haul operations.
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Titan Tire Signs Five-Year Tire Agreement with Deere & Co.
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Goodyear Expands Retail Network in India
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Navistar, Caterpillar Announce New Partnership; Navistar Awarded Ford Contract for Diesel Engine
Navistar International and Caterpillar have committed to a new business partnership that includes new licensing and supply agreements. As part of the agreement, both companies have agreed to dismiss all pending litigation between the two companies, some of which date back to 2001. In other news, Navistar company International Truck and Engine Corp., was recently awarded a contract to supply Ford Motor Co. with a new 6.4-liter Ford Power Stroke Diesel engine for the 2008 Ford F-Series Super Duty.
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New Meritor "Reality" Radio Campaign Salutes Drivers
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