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Dana Completes Aftermarket Sale
Midas to Leave Exhaust Manufacturing
Hino Motor Opens New Long Beach Plant
AAA Names Top Southern California Auto Body Shops


Dana Corporation has completed the sale of its automotive aftermarket business, effective as of Nov. 30, to the Affinia Group, a division of The Cypress Group.

Price tag for the aftermarket division was approximately $1 billion with approximately $950 million paid in cash and $75 million in a note issued by Cypress.

Dana had originally asked for $1.1 billion in cash for its aftermarket assets.

The only part of its aftermarket division Dana has kept is the distribution and marketing operations for its engine products, such as piston rings, gaskets, and engine bearings, which Dana has retained as part of its Automotive Systems Group.

Included in the deal were 52 facilities employing approximately 13,000 people worldwide as well as Dana's replacement product brands — including the Raybestos and Wix brands — and a variety of under-vehicle components.

"We are extremely pleased to bring this transaction to a positive conclusion," said Dana CEO Michael J. Burns, announcing the deal. "We wish the people of the automotive aftermarket businesses the very best moving forward."

Burns added, "We believe the aftermarket team and their customers will be well served by their new association with The Cypress Group, which has expressed its dedication to growing this business and fully optimizing its opportunities moving forward."


National installer Midas is in negotiations to sell its IPC exhaust business and quit manufacturing exhaust products.

According to Midas President Alan Feldman, the company will leave parts manufacturing to focus on the "profitable retail and franchise business" at the core of the company.

Feldman said that terms of the sale negotiations include the future buyer honoring Midas' existing lifetime muffler warranty as well as supplying the Midas chain with muffler and exhaust products.

Once the deal is finalized, Midas officials say they will close their exhaust manufacturing plant in Hartford, WI., and their exhaust warehouse in Chicago, IL.


Hino Motor Limited has opened a new medium-duty commercial truck plant in Long Beach.

Hino, which is 37% owned by Toyota Motor Corporation, receives approximately half of the parts used in production — including engines and cabs — from Japan.

The company says they are planning on reaching a production rate of five trucks per day this year and sales of 3,000 trucks in 2004.

Hino plans to reach annual sales of 30,000 trucks from the Long Beach plant's production by 2010.


The Automobile Club of Southern California has released the top 50 "immediate repair" auto-body shops in the territory.

The top shops were selected based on 2003 rankings in customer satisfaction surveys that included proper treatment of the customer, quality of repair, customer communications, and on-time delivery of the vehicle.

The top automotive repair shops named are:

  1. Fosters Body and Paint, Santa Maria
  2. Autobody International, Oxnard
  3. Holmes Body Shop, El Segundo
  4. Grady Garrison's Paint & Auto Body, Corona
  5. Caliber Collision Centers, Rialto
  6. Prestige Quality Collision Repair, Westminster
  7. Greg's Auto Body, Santa Fe Springs
  8. Autobody by Caldwell, Laguna Hills
  9. California Collision Center, Lancaster
  10. Solesbee Auto Crafts, Yorba Linda
  11. Avenue Body Shop, Ventura
  12. Caliber Collision Centers, Rancho Cucamonga
  13. Ferrari Brothers Body Shop, Monrovia
  14. Phillip Thearle's Autowerks, Santee
  15. Bay Cities Auto Boy, Harbor City
  16. Service Auto Body, Covina
  17. Caliber Collision Centers, Anaheim
  18. Clowers Auto Body, Ridgecrest
  19. Pacific Auto Body, Placentia
  20. Seidner's Collision Centers, Riverside
  21. M-2 Collision Center, Burbank
  22. Caliber Collision Centers, San Bernardino
  23. Dealers Service Company, Santa Ana
  24. Imperial Body Shop, La Habra
  25. Ben Clymer's The Body Shop, Moreno Valley
  26. Little John's Body Works, Downey
  27. Prestige Too Auto Body, Torrance
  28. Signal Hill Auto Body, Signal Hill
  29. Firestone Auto Body, Downey
  30. Henson & Son, Escondido
  31. San Pedro Auto Body, San Pedro
  32. Seidner's Collision Centers, Glendora
  33. Canoga Auto Body, Canoga Park
  34. Pasadena Collision Center, Pasadena
  35. Ramon Body Shop, Ramona
  36. Santa Clarita Collision Center, Santa Clarita
  37. Caliber Collision Centers, Hesperia
  38. Camarillo Auto Body, Camarillo
  39. Fix Auto, Anaheim
  40. Hi-Tech Collision and Glass Center, Garden Grove
  41. Holmes Body Shop, Riverside
  42. Foothill Auto Body, Rancho Cucamonga
  43. Kirby Collision Center, Ventura
  44. Weddle Auto Body, Whittier
  45. Len's Auto Body, Oceanside
  46. Tom Bell Chevrolet, Redlands
  47. Precision Auto Collision, Laguna Niguel
  48. Marcos Auto Body, San Gabriel
  49. Greenwald's Auto Body and Frame Works, Chula Vista
  50. Skill Craft Body Shop, Huntington Beach

Originally published in the December 2004/January 2005 issue of Automotive Booster Magazine.
Copyright 2004 by KAL Publications Inc.

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