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Despite Pandemic, Federal Cash for Clunkers-Style Bailout Unlikely

Despite Pandemic, Federal Cash for Clunkers-Style Bailout Unlikely One of the things that has helped the industry is that, in contrast to what occurred during the early days of the Great Recession, “credit has not dried up,” noted Jim Houston, Power’s managing director of auto financing. That said, there have been major changes in the way […]

SEMA Show Cancelled for 2020

SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association, announced today that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and concerns that event facilities and services will be unavailable, the SEMA Show will not be taking place in 2020. While both event organizers and industry members had been working on ways to present the show as scheduled this November, it […]

Ford CEO Jim Hackett Stepping Down

Chief Operating Officer Jim Farley will take the helm of the U.S. automaker on Oct. 1. Jim Hackett, the chief executive and president of Ford Motor Co., unexpectedly announced his retirement on Tuesday. Hackett, 65, will be succeeded by Chief Operating Officer Jim Farley, 58, effective Oct. 1, according to a company release. “I love Ford […]

ASTE Update

The ASTE is still on! With the continued restrictions of Covid-19 and remaining in Phase 2 of North Carolina’s “Safer at Home Order”, we have postponed the ASTE 2020. The new ASTE 2020 dates are November 20-21. These dates are contingent upon the reopening of North Carolina and lifting gathering size restrictions. North Carolina is […]

Tricia Sauls Assumes Role as Executive Director

After 15 years at IGONC and over 50 years in the automotive industry, Bob Pulverenti is retiring as our Executive Director. Celebrating 5 years with IGONC, Tricia Sauls will assume the role as Executive Director. She will continue to guide IGONC into the future and perpetuate the mission to help make North Carolina’s independent garage […]

Welcome New Staff Member – Maddi Hennessey

We would like to welcome a new member to the IGONC team, Maddi Hennessey. Maddi is the new Marketing and Membership Director. She comes with experience in nonprofit communication and development. Maddi moved to North Carolina in February and has spent time volunteering in the Triangle community. In her free time, Maddi enjoys exploring North […]

But First You’ll Have To…

“I’ll send you all the imports, but first you’ll have to join IGO…………….and you’ll need to attend the monthly meetings”. That’s what I was told by my business neighbor, Clarence Martin, who was manager at Dixie Sales which was one block up the street from our shop. I was new to being a shop owner […]

Work Comp Insights: How Opioid Use Affects Workers’ Compensation

Brought to you by AmeriTrust Group, Inc. Work Comp Insights: How Opioid Use Affects Workers’ Compensation Prescription opioids are the number one workers’ compensation problem in terms of controlling the ultimate cost of indemnity losses. This comes from a recent Lockton Companies report that also states that there’s never been a more damaging impact on […]

Work Comp Insights: The First 24 Hours After an Injury

Brought to you by AmeriTrust Group, Inc. Work Comp Insights: The First 24 Hours After an Injury   The moment an injury occurs, it initiates a sequence of events that can last for weeks or even months. But no matter how prolonged the recovery period, the first 24 hours after an injury are the most […]

Mercedes-Benz to Idle AL Plant Next Week Over Parts Shortage

Mercedes-Benz said it will halt production next week at its Tuscaloosa County, AL, factory due to a shortage of parts—a work stoppage it plans to make up later this summer.   A spokesperson for parent company Daimler said the interruption is due to international suppliers. Bloomberg News reported the parts shortage was from Mexico.   Mercedes-Benz resumed production April 27 […]