News Briefs 12/2/19

• The Automotive Lift Institute will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2020.

Ziegler Tire is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The company has about two dozen auto repair, tire and wheel shops in Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

• Cincinnati-based Tire Discounters, one of the largest independent tire and automotive service retailers in the United States, now has over 125 locations across six states. The milestone 125th shop is in Fishers, IN.

• Tire Discounters reports that it raised more than $20,600 in support of the Wounded Warrior Project during its “Labor Is On Us” donation drive held Oct. 24-31 at shops in Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama. Customers donated $9,140, with Tire Discounters chipping in the rest by adding a $1.00 donation for every social media share, phone call and appointment booked during the event.

• Pirelli is in the midst of a 44-day campaign, known as “#Below44,” designed to educate consumers about winter tires. The program emphasizes the message that winter tires are for anyone who lives in a place where temperatures regularly drop below 44 degrees Fahrenheit. Click here for more information on the #Below44 campaign.

Bosch reports that its aftermarket diagnostic scan tools are now certified by FCA U.S. to access the Secure Gateway Module (SGW) on many 2018 and newer FCA vehicles. According to Bosch, the SGW unlock feature for its lineup of ADS 325 and ADS 625 scan tools will be with the ADS 4.0 software update.

• The Automotive Maintenance & Repair Association (AMRA) and Motorist Assurance Program (MAP) Winter 2020 Technical Conference will take place Jan. 14-15 at the Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside Hotel in Orlando. For more information about the event, or to register, click here.

• Registration is now open for the Midwest Auto Care Alliance’s Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo, which will take place March 5-8 in Overland Park, KS. For more information about the event, or to register, visit