News Briefs 4/2/19

Take 5 Oil Change is seeking two to three franchise partners to open as many as 45 shops in Michigan — with as many as 28 locations in the Detroit area, according to a March 4 report in The Detroit News. This comes at a time when Take 5 has been expanding across the Great Lakes region, opening shops in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, to name a few.

• The Automotive Maintenance & Repair Association (AMRA) and Motorist Assurance Program (MAP) Spring 2019 Technical Conference will take place May 8-9 at the OLC Education & Conference Center on West Higgins Road in Rosemont, IL. Click here for more information on this MAP Technical Committee event.

CarMax is now a TechForce Foundation “FutureTech Success” campaign partner. The initiative is designed to close the widening skills gap and inspire students’ interest in transportation tech careers. Richmond, VA-based CarMax is the largest used car retailer in the United States and a Fortune 500 company.

Spanesi Americas has added Bob Hiser as a technical trainer and OEM liaison. Hiser is an industry veteran with over 30 years of OEM experience in the research, creation, and distribution of OEM repair processes and procedures for General Motors.

Mitchell 1 has enhanced its TruckSeries truck repair software with a 1Search Plus interface, which is designed to scan the database of Mitchell 1 content and return only the specific information the technician needs to make the necessary diagnosis and repair. Information relevant to the selected vehicle is delivered in a single location.

RNR Tire Express says it donated more than $1 million in money, time, talent and goods to charities in 2018.