Arnold Motor Supply Names Johnson President

Eric Johnson has been promoted to managing partner and president of The Merrill Co. and Arnold Motor Supply, a Midwest-based automotive parts chain, following the retirement of former managing partner Dennis Spooner at the end of 2020.  

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Noise Takes a Toll

How many times has someone told you to take care of your hearing?  Anyone who works in a busy shop is subjected to a range of noises every day....pneumatic wrenches and impact guns, drills, air compressors turning on, vehicle horns, vehicle alarm system screeches, hammers striking metal, etc. Some of these noises, especially repeated exposure to certain noises, can damage your hearing. We all know how important it is to wear eye protection to save your eyeballs from fluids or metal chips, and to wear reinforced work shoes to save our toes from being mashed by heavy objects and gloves to protect our skin from certain chemicals or from handling hot and/or sharp objects,  but many of us tend to ignore ear protection, often assuming that “the noise only lasts for a few seconds, so it won’t matter.”

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‘Be a Federated Fan’ Contest Winners Announced

Federated Auto Parts reports Carney Cataldo of Cataldo’s Collision in Dubois, Pa., and Brian Bennington of Bennington’s Auto Service in Canton, Ohio, are the grand prize winners of its “Be a Federated Fan” contest. Both will have the chance to watch the NASCAR Federated Auto Parts 400 from a luxury suite at Richmond Raceway.

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SEMA Issues Call for Speakers for Upcoming Trade Shows

As part of the Specialty Equipment Market Association’s (SEMA) initiative to provide live and virtual education to the automotive industry, SEMA is issuing a call for speakers for the SEMA Show, the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show and the association’s year-round virtual education program.

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SMP Awards $20,000 to Blue Streak Scholarship Winners 

Standard Motor Products Inc. (SMP) has announced the winners of  its annual Blue Streak ‘Better Then, Better Now’ Automotive Scholarship Contest: Jade Etchart, of  Cedar City, Utah; Ndayishimiye Bisamaza, of Phoenix, Ariz.; Mario Zaragoza, of Mabton, Wash.; and Mikel Cole,  of Klamath Falls, Ore. 

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VSG Helps Students Stay Warm and Healthy

Vehicle Service Group (VSG) is helping students in Jefferson County, Ind., school districts stay warm this winter by donating hats and gloves to every elementary student in the county. The donation is part of VSG’s effort to give back for #GivingTuesday, a global generosity movement encouraging people and organizations to transform their communities.

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Alliance Lance Brierley

Lance Brierley Joins Alliance IT Team

The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance Inc. has added Lance Brierley to its information technology team. As senior manager of technology solutions, Brierley will play a key role in the development and deployment of Alliance technology.

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JohnDow Names Heather King Director of Marketing

JohnDow Industries (JDI) has named Heather King its director of marketing. In this new role, King will be responsible for establishing and leading the marketing direction of the long-term growth strategy for the JohnDow Industries brand and its affiliated products.  

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MEMA Honors Three Industry Leaders With Triangle Awards

The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) presented its highest honor, the Triangle Awards, to industry leaders James Kamsickas, chairman and chief executive officer, Dana Inc.; Mike Mansuetti, president, Robert Bosch LLC; and Don Walker, chief executive officer, Magna International Inc., during the OESA Automotive Supplier Conference on Nov. 11.

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