Ranch Hand Welcomes Mike Kane as new VP of Manufacturing & Engineering

Ranch Hand is adding some manufacturing muscle to its team of experts in the SUV and truck accessory industry. His name is Mike Kane, and he is the new Vice President of Manufacturing and Engineering for Ranch Hand. Mike is making strides to improve the manufacturing and engineering processes.

A firm believer in lean manufacturing and 5S, Mike is working to implement each of the philosophy’s five “S” words — sort, set, shine, standardize and sustain — in all of the facilities’ practices. One of the by-products of the 5S philosophy comes in the form of another “s” word: safety. Mike realizes that safety is of utmost importance, and he is utilizing his expertise to ensure that Ranch Hand products are and continue to be the safest SUV and truck accessories on the market. When Ranch Hand advises customers to “Be on the Safe Side” with Ranch Hand products, they mean it.

OTC announces Technician Challenge national tour in North America

The OTC Technician Challenge is going on tour with dates in six states, showcasing the Encore with new Bravo 2.0 software. Technicians nationwide will compete to win one of three Ultimate Diagnostics for Life packages. Ultimate Diagnostics for Life winners will receive an OTC Encore kit with a lifetime hardware warranty and lifetime diagnostics subscription from OTC.

Co-hosted by OTC and distribution partners, technicians will be challenged with random vehicle diagnostic issues and tasked with identifying the problem using the OTC Encore. The technician with the fastest time at select events will receive a $150 cash card from OTC. Any technician who pre-registers and attends an event will receive a free pair of OTC technician gloves. The three fastest times nationwide will win the Ultimate Diagnostics for Life package.

OTC announces ‘Diagnostics for Life’ program with lifetime warranty and support for Encore in North America

OTC announced today its ‘Diagnostics for Life’ program and new Bravo 2.0 software in North America for the Encore diagnostic tool. Providing a lifetime warranty on hardware, expanded technical service hours and a software overhaul, efforts were based on direct Encore owner feedback. This critical update, Bravo 2.0, is provided for every Encore owner with or without an active diagnostics subscription. Technicians will see a faster, more stable tool with additional vehicle coverage and a reduction in screen-to-screen waiting times.

Bravo 2.0 focuses on making the tool faster and easier to use while expanding coverage and capabilities. Major improvements can be found at, and include:
- The first OTC scan tool with Bosch’s coverage database for European vehicles, focusing on Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Volvo
- Reduced wait on screen-to-screen time
- Faster, more stable operating system with expanded vehicle coverage and support

New Premium Brand “Steer Smarts” to be Launched at the SEMA Show

Steer Smarts, the innovative brand for steering and suspension products, will be formally introduced at the 2015 SEMA Show in booth 35322. As a brand descended from a long term OEM supplier, Steer Smarts makes use of the engineering and testing capabilities of the parent company to ensure robust product development and manufacturing. Steer Smarts products aren’t replacement parts – they’re improvement parts proudly designed and manufactured in the USA.
Steer Smarts is introducing an array of new Jeep Wrangler steering products at the SEMA Show. Our Griffin series of steering attenuators, simply put, makes the Jeep Wrangler safer while improving your driving experience. Our YETI series steering linkage is the strongest and most durable linkage ever built for Jeep Wranglers. Visit and see for yourself.

Carbon Fiber Paintless Dent Removal Tools

We are excited to announce that this will be RollerRodz first time exhibiting at the SEMA Show.

RollerRodz is a paintless dent removal tool manufacturer and supplier. We hold patents on tools we have designed for the industry and market them worldwide.

We are proud to announce the upcoming release of our new carbon fiber paintless dent removal equipment. Please visit our booth at the SEMA Show #15020 to see these exciting new products.

J.W. Speaker Celebrating 80 Years

Germantown, WI, July 9, 2015 – J.W. Speaker Corporation, founded in July of 1935 by John W. Speaker, began as a manufacturer of automotive repair parts; including, radiator fronts, car mirrors, repair kits and automotive lighting. In the early 1940’s, J.W. Speaker developed the Heatab® miniature portable stove and the “P38” GI can opener. Both were widely used during World War II and for several decades after by the U.S. military.
In 1960, under the leadership of John’s son Jack, J.W. Speaker Corporation shifted its focus to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) vehicular lighting, expanding the product offering to include vehicular lighting for lawn & garden and golf & turf tractors. Since then, J.W. Speaker has evolved into a major lighting manufacturer specializing in quality lighting products for OEMs and aftermarket customers around the world.


Compton, California (July 8, 2015) – Transamerican Auto Parts is proud to introduce the “Life is Better Off-Road™” SEMA builder award. Launching this year at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, the “Life is Better Off-Road™” award is an annual industry prize awarded by Transamerican Auto Parts to the best presented, truly off-road capable truck, Jeep or SUV on display at the show.

This award is open to all off-road vehicle constructors and product manufacturers on display at the SEMA show and will be judged by an elite panel of industry experts. As the off-road performance category continues to grow in popularity at the annual event, the Transamerican Auto Parts “Life is Better Off-Road™” award will recognize the unique technological achievements and engineering advancements specific to the development of aftermarket products for off-road trucks, Jeeps and SUVs.

Purple Platypus Gears Up For Inventors Week at Discovery Cube

Purple Platypus Gears Up For Inventors Week at Discovery Cube

IRVINE, California (June 22, 2015) – Purple Platypus, Inc., the only certified Stratasys 3D printer reseller servicing the entire Southwest region (Arizona, Nevada and Southern California), will be participating in Discovery Cube’s Inventors Week from July 27, 2015 to July 12, 2015.

This is Discovery Cube’s 3rd annual Inventors Week celebrating tinkerers, builders, and explorers of all ages. These future business leaders and engineers will be showcasing their inventions while learning about various electronic and robotic principles that are fundamental for every future engineer to know. Activities will include stage shows, learning stations, “Meet the Makers” weekends, special guest speakers and 3D printing demos. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit Discovery Cube’s Inventors Week event page.

Air Couture designer fragrances designed for your Car and Trucks

From the decades-long oppression of the human senses, here arises a revolution in the human faculties of mind, body and soul. It's a bold new world out there and the ordinary is now... well... just ordinary! Hence, every one of Air Couture's™ products was brought to essence in order to transcend the humdrum of the common old and usher in a bouquet of originality perfumed in fresh air. This undying spirit of freedom is in every single particle of our boutique-quality scents. Inspired by the aromas of the world's most beloved perfumes, Air Couture combines design elegance with a refreshingly welcoming olfactory delight in a strictly European joie de vivre fashion. Welcome to our revolution! Welcome to our world!


Air No.03 inspired by Armani (Aqua di Gio)
Inspired by a Mediterranean island refuge, Armani Aqua di Gio will fill your surrounding with the sensual aura of marine fruits, herbs and woods.

Air No. 14 inspired by Bulgari (BLV)

Watch As Mishimoto Makes An Intercooler Change Colors!

Mishimoto Automotive is always trying out new testing methods and conducting really different kinds of R&D. A few weeks back, we performed quite a cool test to evaluate heat transfer on one of our upcoming intercoolers.

Check out our Mishimoto EcoBoost Mustang Intercooler Thermochromic Paint Test (it's just awesome)!

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