Welcome to ETI's Breaking News Service

  • 18 Mar 2010 10:28 AM | Charlie Gorman
    CLEVELAND, OH, March 18, 2010 -  Hickok Incorporated (OTC Bulletin Board: HICKA.OB), a Cleveland based supplier of products and services for automotive, emissions testing, locomotive, and aircraft industries announces the promotion of three key employees to senior level positions within the organization.

    Mike Cable has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, OEM. Mike will be responsible for all automotive sales and marketing activities as well as National Accounts and OEMs.

    George Hart has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Engineering. George has been a Vice President for several years. Although George’s duties will not change this new title represents an acknowledgement of his position within the Hickok organization.

    Patrick Bauman has been promoted to Vice President, Distribution Sales and Marketing. Pat will be responsible for sales and marketing efforts to automotive customers through distribution sales channels and certain national accounts.

    “Mike and Pat’s new assignments will ensure that we maintain continuity and move forward with our customers. I know all our people will continue to put forth their best efforts to keep Hickok successful”, said Robert L. Bauman, President and CEO.

    Hickok provides products and services primarily for automotive, emissions testing, locomotive, and aircraft industries. Offerings include the development, manufacture and marketing of electronic and non-electronic automotive diagnostic products used for repair, emission testing, and nut-running electronic controls used in manufacturing processes. The Company also develops and manufactures indicating instruments for aircraft, locomotive and general industrial applications.

    ###
  • 12 Mar 2010 10:19 AM | Charlie Gorman
    Tom Ward, president of Snap-on Tools Group, has been elected as 2010 chairman of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) Board of Governors. (More)
  • 10 Mar 2010 3:28 PM | Charlie Gorman
    Service Parts Operations, long the name that described ACDelco, Goodwrench and GM Performance Parts, is being renamed Customer Care and Aftersales.

    "Our new name better reflects GM's critical role in customer retention and service after the sale," said Steve Hill who was named this week to succeed Kevin Williams, who was named President and General Manager of GM Canada.

    "It's going to be less about selling parts and more about taking care of customers, hence the name customer care," Hill said of the former SPO. "All successful organizations are centered on the customer. If you're not customer focused, you're just not going to win."

    Hill noted the importance of past Saturn, Hummer and Saab owners. "If we're not taking care of these customers and their service needs, they've told us flat-out to forget about selling them a new car. If you're not meeting their needs, there's a zero chance of selling them a new car. Our name change is a signal that we've changed the way we're doing business."
  • 09 Mar 2010 11:44 PM | Charlie Gorman

    Tom Bauman.jpg

    THOMAS F. BAUMAN, 66, beloved husband of Renee; loving father of Gloria Jones (the late Steven), Thomas J., Jennifer, Clifford and Robert; dear grandfather of eight especially Madison and Jordan; brother of six; uncle to many. Tom was a 38-month survivor of lung cancer who lost his battle on March 1, 2010. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 6, St. Augustine Catholic Church, 2486 West 14th Street, Cleveland. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Thomas F. Bauman/St. Augustine Hunger Center Memorial Fund, c/o Mrs. Mary Misiunas, 26782 Chapel Hill Drive, N. Olmsted 44070.

  • 04 Feb 2010 9:49 PM | Charlie Gorman
    February 4, 2010, Leesburg, VA – The National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) has scheduled the Spring 2010 General Meeting for April 20th at the Meritage Resort in Napa, California. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the Equipment and Tool Institute’s ToolTech. “The Spring meeting is usually held in cooperation with the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress in Detroit, Michigan,” said Charlie Gorman, NASTF Chairman. “However, this year the SAE could not accommodate the NASTF meeting, so the leadership voted to move the meeting location to coincide with ToolTech.”
     
    The agenda for the General Meeting is currently being finalized and will be released soon. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 1:30 pm PST on the 20th. In addition to the NASTF General meeting, attendees will have the option of participating in the ETI ToolTech meeting at an additional cost. For more information on ToolTech, visit the ETI website at www.etools.org
     
     
    NASTF was established in 2000 to identify, communicate and resolve gaps in the availability and accessibility of automotive service information, service training, diagnostic tools, and equipment for the benefit of automotive service professionals and their customers. NASTF was incorporated in 2006. Additional details can be found at www.nastf.org.
     
    As a 501(c)6 not-for profit organization, NASTF takes no position on any legislation that may be proposed or pending in state or national legislative bodies.
  • 05 Jan 2010 2:31 PM | Charlie Gorman
    The Automotive Service Association's "How's Your Business?" (HYB?) survey is in its 17th year of exploring the overall success and business practices of ASA member businesses. The annual survey provides an analysis of the independent mechanical and collision repair industries. The purpose of the survey is to provide an accurate benchmark for business owners and those interested in the industry, based on feedback from ASA's membership base.
    Over all Article
    Specific to Mechanical
    Specific to Collision
  • 17 Dec 2009 3:40 PM | Charlie Gorman
    Steve Handschuh of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association talks about the state of the aftermarket heading into 2010 during the recent NASTF meeting at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.  Click Here to view the Presentation
  • 03 Dec 2009 6:30 PM | Charlie Gorman
    Leesburg, Va., (November 19, 2009) - The National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) announced today that Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC has signed the NASTF Service Information Standards Agreement, joining thirteen other auto manufacturers agreeing to make service and training information and tools accessible to all vehicle repairers on an equal basis. Much of the Standards embody the practices that have been in place for over six years, with the addition of a binding arbitration backstop included in the NASTF Dispute Resolution Process. Charlie Gorman, chairman of NASTF, said “We are pleased to welcome Jaguar Land Rover to the dedicated group of OEM vehicle manufacturers committed to providing service information to the independent aftermarket. It’s one more step in a unified, progressive, effective NASTF.”
     
    The Standards have three parts: Definitions, Automotive Service Information Standards, and Information Request and Resolution Process. The Definitions clearly define what’s covered and what’s not covered. The Standards stipulate how OEMs will ensure open accessibility. And the Information Request and Resolution Process provides the means, including the possibility of binding arbitration if needed, in which to identify and assess any potential information gaps.
     
    The remaining manufacturers have the agreement in various stages of review and approval. OEMs that have previously signed the agreement include Volvo, Subaru, Ford, Toyota, Volkswagen, Nissan, Hyundai, Mazda, Honda, Suzuki, Kia, Mitsubishi, and Mercedes.
     
    NASTF was established in 2000 to identify, communicate and resolve gaps in the availability and accessibility of automotive service information, service training, diagnostic tools, and equipment for the benefit of automotive service professionals and their customers. NASTF was incorporated in 2006. Additional details can be found at www.nastf.org.
     
    As a 501(c)6 not-for profit organization, NASTF takes no position on any legislation that may be proposed or pending in state or national legislative bodies.
  • 24 Oct 2009 9:36 PM | Charlie Gorman
    Gorman, chairman of the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF), laid out a couple of future predictions during his lunch presentation at the WORLDPAC Supplier & Training Expo. The predictions tie closely to two committees within NASTF — the Service Information Committee and the Equipment and Tool Committee. Click Here for full article
  • 07 Oct 2009 8:56 PM | Charlie Gorman
    NASTFOctober 7, 2009, Leesburg, VA – The National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) will offer a look down the road for attendees of the NASTF General Meeting on November 3, 2009 in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Room South Pacific C. Meeting planners have assembled a panel discussion to explore additional applications for the Secure Data Release Model (SDRM), which is currently used to access secure data such as key codes and pin codes. “This panel discussion will explore some new and different ways the automotive service industry might use the tools which have been developed by NASTF to address the security needs inherent in certain types of OEM information,” said Charlie Gorman, NASTF Chairman.
     
    There are three main goals to be addressed by the panel: 1) to inform technicians that there are non-key codes uses available now, and what they are; 2) to encourage technicians to report instances where an SDRM solution could solve an information gap problem; and 3) to encourage OEMs to offer non-key code security information such as radio codes, body controllers, immobilizer reset codes, and even sale of theft related parts to the aftermarket through the use of the SDRM. “Through the use of SDRM, OEMs can maintain or even increase security while satisfying the aftermarket need for information,” said Gorman.
     
    The panel will consist of Charlie Gorman, Equipment & Tool Institute Manager and NASTF Chairman; John Jenkins, President of CAS of New England; and Donny Seyfer, Operations Manager of Seyfer Automotive.
     
    “The NASTF General Meeting is an important opportunity for anyone attending Industry Week in Las Vegas to stay abreast of the latest developments in information access and to get a glimpse of where we might be heading,” Gorman continued. “It’s also a great way to network and share your feelings, perceptions and experiences in the service bay with NASTF leadership and our industry partners.”
     
    NASTF was established in 2000 to identify, communicate and resolve gaps in the availability and accessibility of automotive service information, service training, diagnostic tools, and equipment for the benefit of automotive service professionals and their customers. NASTF was incorporated in 2006. Additional details can be found at www.nastf.org.
     
    As a 501(c)6 not-for profit organization, NASTF takes no position on any legislation that may be proposed or pending in state or national legislative bodies.
     

NAVIGATE

Copyright 2009-2016 Equipment & Tool Institute

37899 W. 12 Mile Road, Suite 220, Farmington Hills, MI 48331  Call: 248-656-5080