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  • 01 Oct 2015 8:52 AM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)

    The heavy-duty/commercial vehicle industry recently announced agreement in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Commercial Right to Repair Coalition and the Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA), where OEMs of heavy-duty vehicles would provide service information to independent service providers by way of their OEM technical websites. To assist in managing the understanding, search and feedback related to this cooperative effort between heavy-duty OEMs and independent heavy-duty service specialists, the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) was asked to expand its scope with the addition of heavy-duty to its similar service already being provided to the light vehicle industry.  Read More.

  • 11 Sep 2015 3:38 PM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)

    From Automotive News.  A broad group of automakers have agreed in principle to equip all their new vehicles with automatic emergency braking technology as a standard feature in the near future.  The group -- which includes Audi, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo -- will work with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in the next few months to hammer out details of the agreement and a timeline for implementing it across their lineups.  Read More.

  • 04 Sep 2015 9:16 AM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)
    Charlie Gorman, former COO of the Equipment and Tool Institute, explains the results of the organization’s market research study on new car–buying preferences of consumers - as told to Anna Zeck of Rachet+Wrench.  Read More.
  • 03 Sep 2015 1:02 PM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)

    Parts & People attended and covered the recent Equipment and Tool Institute’s (ETI) ToolTech 2015 conference, “The Connected Vehicle: Opportunities and Challenges.” In this column, in June, we wrote about how the aftermarket telematics industry will have a problem if the OEMs have little interest, desire or need to address the aftermarket.  Efforts to make the J1962 diagnostic connector more secure may affect the extent of aftermarket access.  Read More.

  • 28 Aug 2015 12:20 PM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)

    The board of directors of the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) has announced the appointment of Jessie Korosec of the Equipment & Tool Institute (ETI) and Valerie Sullivan of American Honda as 2015-‘16 co-chairs of the NASTF Communications Committee.  Read More.

  • 14 Aug 2015 10:31 AM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)

    Vinchattle, Larry S. "Mick" was born on July 31, 1943, on a farm in North Central Iowa to Roy and Gretchen Stephenson Vlnchattle. The family moved to a small town, Gowrie, when Mick was 1 year old. He grew up there and graduated from Gowrie High School. After graduation he work several years for a local company, Buskee Industries, before moving to Milwaukee where he lived and worked for Blackhawk Industries. Mick traveled extensively for Blackhawk throughout the United States and other countries. He was in charge of training and marketing programs for their company, as well as all trade show activities. Mick enjoyed many rounds of golf in his earlier years. He was active in bowling, belonging to two or three leagues at a time and trav­eling to tournaments. He had the bowling "Bug" like his dad. Mick enjoyed traveling with his good buddy Russ and meeting with the guys for coffee every day, and telling a good story, also another one of his favorite past-times. Mick was preceded in death by his wife Mary (nee Ollmann), his parents Roy and Gretchen, two brothers Harold and Ronney, three sisters Zelda, Sharon and Glee. He is survived by his sister Doris Martin of Ames, Iowa, brother Jerry of Texas, and many nieces and nephews. Mick looked forward to getting to travel home, and to once again be with Mary. Visitation at the Funeral Home, Friday, August 14th (TODAY) 4-7PM, additional visitation Saturday August 15th at ST. MATTHIAS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 9606 W. Beloit Rd., 9-9:45AM. Mass of Christian Burial lOAM. Interment Highland Memorial Park.

  • 06 Aug 2015 9:01 AM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)

    The Auto Care Association and the Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) announced that applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Aftermarket Telematics Challenge. Now in its fourth year, the Challenge seeks to recognize the best examples of aftermarket technology in telematics. This is the first year the Challenge is being co-sponsored by ETI.  Read More. For submission information, click here.

  • 28 Jul 2015 11:09 AM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)

    The independent automotive aftermarket faces an imminent “communications conundrum.” Telematics have reached a tipping point that will impact service, repair and custom shops and technicians at many levels. Recently, the Automotive Aftermarket Telematics Force (TFF) provided an industry update to a broad spectrum of attendees at ToolTech 2015, hosted by the Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI).  Read More.

  • 27 Jul 2015 3:00 PM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)

    At the second annual Technology & Telematics Forum during NACE | CARS 2015 on June 22 in Detroit, several panels of industry experts talked about the impacts of that question. They also discussed many of the advancements and challenges presented by the impending revolution in wireless vehicle technology and how different parts of the market may be impacted.  Read More.

  • 20 Apr 2015 3:13 PM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)

    ETI’s Annual ToolTech conference remains the premiere event in the tool and equipment industry with more than 115 professionals from over 50 companies in attendance at this year’s ToolTech 2015 in Austin, Texas  

    The Equipment and Tool Institute's ToolTech conference provided an unequalled opportunity to attend informative industry focused presentations and take away valuable information about the “Connected Vehicle:  Opportunities and Challenges”, this year’s theme.

    ToolTech 2015 featured presentations and panel discussions with cellular network providers, telematics experts, shop owners, vehicle manufacturer representatives, and collision repair specialists covering a variety of topics surrounding telematics and trends, as well as discussion groups on the driverless vehicle, new technologies and trends in the industry, and proper collision repairs and OEM procedures. 

    ToolTech 2015 Keynote Speaker and body language expert Eliot Hoppe introduced the crowd to the silent language of influence and how actions can motivate and persuade others to comply with ease through entertaining live demonstrations and video examples.   Attendees learned how what they see and hear can influence both positive and negative outcomes in their ability to be successful both professionally and personally.

    The link to ToolTech 2015 Presentations is available on the homepage of ETI’s website,

    Twenty-four ETI member companies showcased their organizations during the Company Spotlight Happy Hour and others were given the opportunity to present new products to the media during press conference and to engage in private one-on-on-one meetings with individuals and companies of interest.

    There was plenty of time for networking during the event’s opening reception and the closing dinner which were held at two restaurants with rooftop views of Austin's world famous 6th street district.

     “ToolTech 2015 was very well attended and continues to be one of the most informative events in the industry.  The speakers and panelists were very knowledgeable and the topics were pertinent and provided the latest developments and trends in the tool and equipment segment to the attendees,” said Jessie Korosec, ETI Marketing and Event Manager.  “The Discussion Groups continue to grow in popularity and participation and the newly revamped Company Spotlight Happy Hour provided an excellent stage for our member companies to highlight their products and services.  We would like to thank the attendees and presenters for their support and we look forward to seeing everyone at next year’s ToolTech in Monterey, California, April 25 -28, 2016”.

    Founded in 1947, the Equipment and Tool Institute is a trade association of automotive tool and equipment manufacturers and technical information providers. ETI’s mission is to: Advance the vehicle service industry by providing technical data and open dialog between the manufacturers of transportation products, government regulators and the providers of tools, equipment and service information.

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