News Briefs 3/12/19

• A bill has been introduced before the Rhode Island House of Representatives (H. 5391) that seeks to extend the state’s vehicle inspection waiver to five years from the date of purchase. Rhode Island currently requires inspections two years from the date of purchase or before the vehicle accumulates 24,000 miles, whichever occurs first. The proposed legislation was introduced in February and has been referred to the finance committee.

• The Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., during its Feb. 19 earnings conference call, announced a new partnership with Monro Inc., making Cooper-brand tires available at a number of Monro’s shops.

Belle Tire is planning for 17 new stores this year in the Indianapolis area.

ZF Aftermarket has expanded its ZF [pro]Tech workshop service to the U.S. market. The initiative — which launched in Germany in 2012 — provides independent repair shops with access to vehicle-specific installation instructions, service information, online catalogs, tech bulletins, recorded webinars and a dedicated telephone hotline. It also includes hands-on training held throughout the year close to regional partners. For more information, click here.

• The Mitchell 1 SocialCRM shop marketing service is now offering Google Ads paid search advertising to help shops attract new business and maintain their online presence. The new service includes custom landing pages, unique call tracking phone numbers, ad creation and customization, budget setup, reporting, and full account administration by a SocialCRM support agent.

• The Automotive Service Councils of California (ASCCA) has announced a corporate partnership with Mudlick Marketing, a multi-channel marketing platform that provides users with direct mail and digital services to help grow their businesses. Mudlick is offering special discount pricing to ASCCA members: $250 off new customer mailings and 10 percent off digital orders.

Tire Talent (New Rochelle, NY), a boutique search firm specializing in matching employers and employees in the tire and automotive industry, has launched a free industry job board at

Bridgestone Retail Operations (BSRO) reports that it raised nearly $2.80 million to support Boys & Girls Clubs of America through its “Driving Great Futures” initiative in 2018. In the fourth consecutive year of its national partnership, BSRO doubled what it raised in 2017, bringing the total funds raised since 2015 to $6.60 million.

Tint World Automotive Styling Centers (Boca Raton, FL) had 21 locations in development across the United States and Canada as of Feb. 20, 2019.