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Performance & Hotrod Business May '14

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8 n Performance & Hotrod Business n May 2014 n Performance news What's new with you? Email your company news to pbeditor@nbm.com. Motovicity Remains Top HKS Volume Distributor Madison Heights, Mich.-based Motovicity Distribution was recognized as HKS's top volume global dis- tributor for the second consecutive year. "Motovicity has a long history with HKS that we are very proud of," said Brian Lounsberry, Motovicity's vice president of sales and marketing. "Since becoming HKS's exclusive North American distributor in 2011, we have worked tirelessly to support the brand throughout the U.S. and Canada, and we couldn't be more proud to be recognized as the top global dis- tributor for the second year in a row." Lounsberry accepted the award from HKS President Hiroyuki Hasegawa at the company's Premium Day in Fujinomiya, Japan, an event that offers enthusiasts a look at the company's latest performance products. Motovicity staff members, along with North American HKS Pro Dealers, track-tested both pre-production and current HKS engine and suspension combinations on popular sport compact platforms, including the Subaru/Scion BRZ/FR-S platforms, and on a Nissan R-35 GTR outfitted with HKS's new transmission components. "On the surface, competing products can often appear similar, but after touring HKS's campus I understand why they are the benchmark for many in the industry. They have achieved some- thing I rarely see—the perfect balance of artistry and automa- tion," Lounsberry said. "Seeing craftsman TIG-welding exhaust systems and CNC machines producing perfect turbo impellers, I was inspired by the care HKS puts into the design, development, testing and production of their entire product line." coker Group opens west coast facility in california Chattanooga, Tenn.-based The Coker Group recently opened a new 100,000-square-foot West Coast distribution and wheel manufacturing center in Industry, Calif. The new facility will serve as a steel and wire wheel manu- facturing plant, tire warehouse and distribution center, allowing the company to easily assemble and ship products to consum- ers worldwide, according to The Coker Group. "While so many companies in the automotive aftermarket seem to be leaving California, we at Coker Group intentionally chose California with its huge automobile culture, availability of skilled workforce, not to mention year-round convertible weather," said Corky Coker, owner of The Coker Group. "We now employ more than 40 California residents who pro- duce steel and wire wheels and ship our collector tires and wheels from our new Los Angeles-area facility." The Coker Tire facility also includes a small collection of vintage cars, motorcycles and assorted "automobilia" that is open to the public. The Coker Group plans to offer visitor tours of the museum and guided tours of the wheel produc- tion facility in the future. The Industry facility's grand opening event was attended by Mayor Tim Spohn, U.S. Congressman John Campbell and representatives from the offices of other elected California government officials. Butler macmaster Launches online store Butler MacMaster, an engine builder headquartered in Hallowell, Maine, recently launched an online store that offers performance racing parts from companies such as Ford Racing, Moroso and COMP Cams. "Butler MacMaster's overall mission is simple: to not only keep you racing by bringing you the highest-quality performance parts from the top brands in the industry at prices that will meet your budget, but to keep you on the podium as much as possible with industry-leading advice and know-how when you need it most," the company noted in a press release. PHBMAY.indd 8 4/2/14 11:00 AM

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