GM's parts group doing e-commerce
GRAND BLANC, Mich.—General Motors Corp. has made purchasing GM performance parts quicker and easier with the launch of a Web site for its GM Service Parts Operations (SPO).
The auto manufacturer said performance enthusiasts can now shop on the company's Performance Parts e-commerce site, located within GM's service parts Web site at www.gmgoodwrench.com. There, they can browse an electronic catalog for factory-developed, -engineered and -tested high-performance parts, then order online through an authorized GM parts dealer.
"Buying parts is a totally different mindset for the performance enthusiast today than it was 10 years ago," said Michael Fellberg, general product manager, GM Performance Parts, because today's enthusiasts "are becoming more and more Internet savvy."
Once a customer searches GM's online catalog and a part is selected, a description of that part and other related information will appear. To make a purchase, a customer registers on the site, selects a GM Performance Parts authorized dealer, receives price information, then completes the order form online. Customers also can check their order's status and can e-mail or phone the dealer with any questions before or after making the purchase.
Grand Blanc-based SPO will confirm the order via e-mail, verifying the part, price and chosen dealer. SPO then will notify the dealer of the part order through an e-mail message to ensure the order is filled.
The GM unit markets automotive replacement parts and accessories worldwide under the GM and ACDelco brand names.
Raybestos promo for 'rugged' shoes
McHENRY, Ill.—Raybestos Brakes, a unit of Dana Automotive Aftermarket Group, is sponsoring a "Rugged Shoe" promotion through Sept. 30 on premium brake pads, drums, shoes and rotors.
Customers can earn a free pair of rugged footwear with every 40 proof-of-purchase seals from Quiet Stop and Brutestop pads, PG Plus and Super Stop shoes and pads, or the box tops from PG Plus and Super Stop drum and rotors and Brutestop rotors.
The shoes, which carry a "discreetly placed" Raybestos logo on one side as well as on the sole, are made in the same factory as Timberland shoes. They feature full-grain leather uppers and lightweight soles combined with a Gore-Tex membrane to provide waterproof/breathable comfort. Shoe sizes 6 1/2 to 13 are available.
Tool firm hosting safety seminars
MISSOULA, Mt.—Safe Shop Tools Inc. is offering a nationwide series of free seminars on shop tool safety.
Presented in conjunction with Myers Tire Supply, the seminars will feature live demonstrations of the eight products in Safe Shop's line, each of which is designed for work on heavy-duty trucks, buses and trailers.
In addition to focusing on its products, the company said the three-hour seminars—each limited to 50 persons—also will provide tips and tests on shop safety. Each session will begin with lunch followed by two short videos featuring Safe Shop core products, then demonstrations.
The next seminar will be held Aug. 24 in Portland, Ore. In October, seminars will be held in Los Angeles and in Akron. Additional seminars will take place about once a month around the country, primarily in regional centers along the East Coast and in the Southeast, Safe Shop said.
For more details, contact the company at (800) 845-2641.
DaimlerChrysler A.G., which already owned a stake in Detroit Diesel Corp., recently purchased the company from Roger Penske's Penske Corp.
Among Penske Corp.'s vast holdings is Penske Auto Centers Inc., which operates the retail automotive service centers at Kmart Corp. store locations throughout the U.S.
AutoInc., the magazine of the Automotive Service Association (ASA), has been selected as a "Key Resource" online publication by the editors of Links2Go, a company that analyzes millions of Web pages each month before selecting sites that are "most representative of a particular topic."
AutoInc. was rated among the top 35 automobile magazines on the Internet by the firm, meaning that the magazine "is one of the most relevant automotive publications on the Web today," according to the ASA. The online version of the monthly can be accessed at www.autoinc.org.
Parker Hannifin Corp. has completed its cash tender offer to acquire Wynn's International Inc. Nearly 98 percent of the outstanding shares were tendered, and Parker said it soon will acquire the remainder via a merger for $23 per share.
Founded in 1939, Wynn's manufactures sealing products and engineered compounds. Its core businesses include Wynn's-Precision, Wynn Oil and Goshen Rubber.
Willowbrook, Ill.-based Midtronics has signed a licensing agreement with the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, allowing it to call its products "NASCAR Officially Licensed."
The company manufactures battery chargers and battery and electrical system analyzers for major battery resellers and original equipment manufacturers worldwide.
American Remanufacturers Inc. (ARI), a remanufacturer of undercar products in the U.S., has acquired ABS Friction Inc., a Canadian maker of integrally molded disc brake pads for import and domestic vehicles.
Anaheim, Calif.-based ARI said the purchase of 4-year-old ABS Friction is its first acquisition of a new-product manufacturing company.
Pennzoil-Quaker State Co. said automotive technicians and consumers can gain access to oil and air filter application information via an online version of the company's 2000 filter catalog now on its Web site: www.quakerstate.com.
Application data and part numbers will be updated monthly, and can be accessed by entering a vehicle's make, model and year, the company said.