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The End of an Era and Start of a New Age

October 14th, 2021 by

Its the end of an era and start of a new age for the automotive aftermarket in the Southeast. The Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina (IGONC) and North Carolina Tire Dealers Association (NCTDA) will close the book on their final chapters as they have merged to form the Automotive Service & Tire Alliance (ASTA). […]

The Ultimate Technician Pay Guide

September 16th, 2020 by

Article from AutoFixSOS and also featured on Ratchet + Wrench This statement may or may not be too surprising, for the proof is in the industry’s staggering technician shortage, with some reports showing that, by 2026, the industry will be over 46,000 technicians short. But, there is one element that the former statistic proves: the […]

Hillman Shop Update

September 14th, 2020 by

After raising over $20,000 to help Hillman Family Automotive after a shop fire, Ben Hillman is beginning to rise from the ashes. “It has not been easy,” says Hillman, “the last three months have been a challenge, but we are still working, and everything will be okay.” Hillman Family Automotive has been up and running […]

You’ll Never Have To Sit Through Such Again

August 20th, 2020 by

You’ll Never Have To Sit Through Such Again By: John Hill   “I promise I will never have you folks sit through another presentation like yesterday…………….I deeply apologize”. Those were the words spoken to us by our events organizer. We were in Savannah, Georgia just a few years ago where over ninety progressive thinking shop […]

ASTE Update

July 22nd, 2020 by

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

July 22nd, 2020 by

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

July 22nd, 2020 by

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 […]

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

June 18th, 2020 by

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 […]

ASE Begins to Resume Testing

June 18th, 2020 by

ASE Begins to Resume Testing The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) will begin to resume testing May 1 in selected areas of the country with test-center availability and lifted stay-at-home orders, it was announced   “As always, our overriding priority remains the health and safety of automotive service professionals and their families. We are reinstituting […]