Strongsville, Ohio-based PPG Automotive Refinish has introduced a new, enhanced IT field support program for its customers, according to Mary Kimbro, PPG global color director. The PPG Color Support program is designed to ensure that PPG customers receive timely responses IT questions and concerns from PPG experts. “We want our customers to focus on their [...]
Steele Rubber Products, a Denver, N.C.-based manufacturer of rubber parts for automotive restoration and weatherstripping materials, has introduced a free specialty catalog of 300-plus extrusions for sealing and protecting custom vehicles. The rubber seals offered in the catalog include sponge and dense rubber materials that can be applied to a variety of metals, plastics and [...]
The SEMA Street Performance Council (SPC) has changed its name to the Emerging Trends & Technology Network (ETTN). The new name better represents ETTN’s mission, which is to “identify, understand and communicate emerging trends and technologies to help members improve,” according to SEMA. “In recent times, the SPC successfully led the way for other SEMA [...]
By Harry Weimann As a trim shop owner for many years, fixing someone else’s work was not always an easy task. I had many customers come to me unhappy with the upholstery work they had received from another shop. Being understanding of their situation was important to gaining their confidence in my ability to help [...]
The owners of Hot Rod Chassis & Cycle is a shop that caters to those in the hot rod culture. Here, the shop’s owners explain how they have used parts and swag sales to boost their bottom line during tough economic times.
Harry Weimann discusses the difficulties he’s experienced trying to find quality employees for his trim shop, and how finding employees that possess professionalism and business skills is just as important as finding ones with great technical skills.
Mobile Solutions has announced that Jeremy Carlson, the 2012 Installer of the Year, will join its Advanced Door Panel Fabrication Training Session, happening May 18-21 in Tempe, Arizona. Carlson will lend his innovative styling to the training, which will include dynamic 3-D styling, vinyl wrapping and other exotic finishing methods for students to take custom fabrication to the next level.
The SEMA Education Institute (SEI) will hold a webinar titled “Five Things You Must Know When Shipping Internationally” on April 11, in which CPC Consultants’ founder and principal Charles Popick and partner Tom Leimkuhler will offer insight into international shipping. Participants will learn how to assess risks, minimize costs, maximize profits and exert the strongest control over the destiny of their products.
The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund is offering subsidies of up to $4,000 to students interested in automobile aftermarket careers. Students and recent graduates wishing to apply for the scholarship must submit their applications by March 29.
The Indiana Convention Center is buzzing as vendors get ready for the Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show, which officially begins Friday, March 15. Today’s agenda includes Day One of the Education & Training Program.