Purolator filter biz acquired by Arvin COLUMBUS, Ind.—Arvin Industries Inc., a global manufacturer of automotive components, has acquired the Purolator Products automotive filter business from Mark IV Industries Inc.
The deal, which includes assumption of $6 million in debt, is valued at $276 million. Purolator makes and distributes automotive oil, air and fuel filters in North America for the replacement and original equipment markets, and has sales of approximately $345 million.
Arvin products include Maremont exhausts, Gabriel ride control products and StrongArm gas springs.
BPAmoco launches computer system
MELBOURNE, Fla.—BPAmoco P.L.C. has completed the implementation of a computer management tool at 76 of its Certicare auto repair sites.
The oil company selected GEMS (Graphical Enterprise Management System) from Melbourne, Fla.-based ExecuSys Inc.
GEMS, according to ExecuSys, allows the rapid collection of data and provides graphical displays of information in formats that permit trend analyses, pinpointing of problems and corrective action. It can also be used to initiate targeted marketing programs to improve performance based on a fast review of recent period results.
ExecuSys is a member of the Enterprise Alliance, an industry group developing computer interface guidelines—known as ``PASSPORT Standards''—for products serving the automotive service industry.
Wayne Juchno has been named managing director of the Service Technicians Society. He previously was executive director of the National Automotive Radiator Service Association.
Raybestos Brakes has signed a five-year extension to its ``Officially Licensed by NASCAR'' automotive aftermarket program, and will continue to be the ``official'' brakes of NASCAR.
The company sponsors a number of racing events, including NASCAR's Winston Cup and Busch series.