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esented by MAC Engineering on Sept. 29, 2004. The Future Vision Award recognizes East Penn for its commitment to continuous improvements in battery manufacturing technology and its partnership in exploring new processes and methods.

MAC has been supplying East Penn for more than 25 years with battery manufacturing equipment including pasting, plate preparatory and stacking machines, cast on strap systems, and flash dry and hydroset ovens.


Winner Named in CARQUEST/Champion Spark Plugs Sweepstakes
Raleigh, NC – Tom Smith, a CARQUEST technician from Meshoppen, PA, was named the grand-prize winner in the “Winning Combination” sweepstakes sponsored by CARQUEST and Champion Spark Plugs. The sweepstakes featured a crossword puzzle in which professional technicians and CARQUEST counter professionals answered basic questions about the features and benefits of CARQUEST Spark Plug Wire Sets and Champion Spark Plugs. All correct entries received from Sept. 1 through Nov. 30, 2004, were eligible for the random prize drawing.

As grand-prize winner of the sweepstakes, Smith, an ASE-certified master technician specializing in engine diagnostics, will receive a CARQUEST Limited Edition Racing Toolbox/Cabinet Combination. The toolbox/cabinet combination comes stocked with Blackhawk’s 220-piece Professional Technician’s Master Set and seven-piece Combination Screwdriver set. Five hundred first-prize winners will receive a choice of one of five die-cast engine replicas, produced by Liberty Classics, Inc.


EPA to Audit OEM Website Content
Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced in early January that it will conduct an audit of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) websites. The audit will be conducted to gather feedback from the technician community on their experiences with the websites. According to a press release from the Automotive Service Association (ASA), the EPA has formed a small steering committee to oversee the evaluation. The committee is comprised of 15 industry representatives from OEMs, tool companies, repair facilities and aftermarket associations.


ITW Performance Polymers Acquires Permatex
Danvers, MA ‹ ITW Performance Polymers recently acquired Permatex, Inc., a well-known producer of sealants, adhesives, and other products for the worldwide automotive aftermarket and the industrial maintenance and repair market.
Founded in 1909 to sell shellac for bonding bicycle tires to their rims, Permatex soon entered the automobile maintenance market, using professional auto racing to prove the performance and promote sales of its gasket cements and threadlocking adhesives. The company¹s extensive product line includes Permatex adhesives and sealants, Fast Orange hand cleaners, No-Touch automotive appearance products and NOS performance-enhancing fuel additives.

According to Mike Underwood, vice president and general manager of ITW Performance Polymers North America, Permatex will become a subsidiary of ITW Performance Polymers and the Permatex brand name will be retained. ITW Performance Polymers is a world leader in adhesive technology. An Illinois Tool Works Company, ITW Performance Polymers manufactures and sells adhesives and sealants for original equipment manufacturing as well as for maintenance and repair. The company markets its products worldwide to industries such as power generation, processing, marine, automotive, transportation, construction, manufactured housing and solid surface.

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BendPak Founder Don Henthorn Passes Away

Grew company from small machine shop to global leader in car lifts and garage equipment.

Don Henthorn, owner and founder of BendPak Inc., peacefully passed away at home Thursday, March 28, at the age of 85. Under his leadership, BendPak has grown from a small machine shop to one of the world’s leading manufacturers of car lifts and automotive service equipment.

Management and operations of the privately owned company are unchanged. 

ASE Practice Tests Available Online

You can get a good idea of what to expect by adding the official ASE practice tests to their study plans.

AACF Celebrates 65 Years Serving the Aftermarket

AACF will be announcing more details about this commemorative fundraiser April 1st.

ASE Education Foundation, Goodguys Continue Partnership

Goodguys is one of many industry relationships the foundation has developed to help solve the technician shortage.

Valvoline Celebrates Female Service Center Employees

As women make up more than half of all drivers in the United States, Valvoline is taking steps to increase their vehicle care confidence.

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BorgWarner Announces Plan to Reduce Supply Chain Emissions

A partnership with Manufacture 2030 will support BorgWarner in reaching its Scope 3 emissions reduction goal.

Snap-on Continues to Offer Free Weekly Product Training Sessions

The online training and question and answer sessions are free of charge.

AMSOIL Introduces New OE 0W-40 100% Synthetic Motor Oil

The new OE 0W-40 is primarily for newer RAM HD trucks equipped with the 6.4-liter Hemi engine.

UniClutch Launches Clutch System in the United States

From Australian manufacturer Clutch Industries, UniClutch is a clutch system that delivers uncompromised performance.