News Briefs 12/4/18

• On Nov. 4, Monro Inc. acquired five retail tire and auto repair shops in Ohio from Jeff Pohlman Tire & Auto Service. These locations operate under the Car-X and Mr. Tire names. On Oct. 14, Monro acquired one retail tire and auto repair shop in Illinois from Quality Tire & Auto. That location operates under the Car-X name.

AutoNation Inc. (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), the largest U.S. automotive retailer, has forged a partnership with AAA making AutoNation AAA’s first national Approved Auto Repair program partner. The move adds more than 220 facilities to the program.

Jiffy Lube service centers have raised more than $600,000 nationwide during the company’s annual “Muscle Up” campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

• More than 180 Valvoline Instant Oil Change shops sold AutoTex Pink windshield wipers in October to raise awareness of breast cancer. Finishing its seventh year, the campaign has now raised over $100,000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

• The Automotive Training Institute (ATI), an automotive business coaching and training company, raised over $70,000 for Kids Beating Cancer (KBC) from attendees at its annual Super Conference. This year’s event took place near KBC’s facility in Orlando. KBC provides life-saving transplants and testing to children with cancer regardless of insurance coverage or the family’s financial means.

Matthew Wolfe of Rebersburg, PA is the 2018 Mitchell 1/ASE “Technician of the Future.” Wolfe studied automotive technology at Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science & Technology in Pleasant Gap, PA and diesel industrial technology at the Universal Technical Institute in Exton, PA.

Henkel Adhesive Technologies has opened a new customer training and application center in Rocky Hill, CT. The 2,100-square-foot facility offers hands-on technical training for Loctite automotive aftermarket products and Teroson collision repair products. It is one of 11 Henkel vehicle repair training and application centers worldwide.

• The Safelite Group — a Columbus-based vehicle glass services company and owner of Safelite AutoGlass — has reached an agreement to acquire the assets of Black Diamond Auto Glass. Financial terms of transaction were not disclosed. Black Diamond operates in the White Mountains area of Arizona.

Tint World Automotive Styling Centers has opened, in Eatontown, its first location in New Jersey.