SEMA eNews Vol. 15, No. 36, September 6, 2012

Movers & Shakers: A.R.E. Opens New Dundee, Ohio, Facility; Jer Gevasi and Keith Criswell Join Shelby American

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Truck cover manufacturer A.R.E. opened a new 70,000-sq.-ft. facility in Dundee, Ohio.
   

A.R.E. Opens New Facility in Dundee, Ohio
Truck cover manufacturer A.R.E. has opened a new facility in Dundee, Ohio, to handle the aluminum fabrications operations for the company's line of aluminum truck covers. The company says that the 70,000-sq.-ft. facility is designed to increase productivity while maintaining quality, safety, cleanliness and organization. In addition, the Dundee facility also features a state-of-the-art, water-based paint system that is environmentally friendly and offers OE-quality finishes for truck covers.

Shelby American Adds Jer Gervasi and Keith Criswell
Shelby American has added retail veteran and longtime Shelby enthusiast Jer Gervasi as vice president for its Shelby Performance Parts division. The company also announced that Keith Criswell joined Shelby American as wholesale manager for Shelby Performance Parts to focus on expanding wholesale and dealer segments. Gervasi will oversee product development, operations, parts sales and customer service. Originally from Massachusetts, he managed operations at several different Guitar Center retail locations across the country. During that time, he drove sales and improved customer service that helped propel the company’s success over the last decade. Criswell has tremendous experience, knowledge and success in the aftermarket parts industry. Over the past five years at Drake Automotive Group, Criswell managed millions of dollars in wholesale parts accounts and was responsible for a substantial growth of sales.

Source Interlink Media Acquires CarDomain Network
Source Interlink Media announced that it has acquired CarDomain Network Inc., a provider of online content for automotive enthusiasts. Joining Source Interlink Media's portfolio of automotive brands are the websites CarDomain.com, StreetFire.net, and Autoholics.com. "The addition of CarDomain to our portfolio demonstrates our continued commitment to investing in a digital platform that complements our industry-leading automotive media brands," said Michael L. Sullivan, chief executive officer of Source Interlink Companies Inc. “With this acquisition, we further enhance our capabilities to provide auto enthusiasts with a full spectrum of engaging content, resources, commerce and community tools across multiple media access points while connecting our advertising clients with this targeted audience.”

NHRA Hires Paul Bailey as South Central Division Director
The NHRA announced that Paul Bailey has been named NHRA South Central Division director. Bailey spent the last 20 years working as a full-time staff member at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, Englishtown, New Jersey, an NHRA Member Track in Division 1. During his tenure, he has been responsible for all facets of the facility from starter to tech inspection, and race coordinator to track preparation. Most recently, he was responsible for developing and executing domestic motorsports enthusiast events and was co-drag strip manager. Bailey will begin his new role as Division 4 director on October 1, working out of the Division 4 office in Conroe, Texas.

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