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      A leading automotive tool and equipment distributor wanted to make it easier for shop owners, professional technicians and do-it-yourselfers to get the vehicle service equipment and tools they need quickly.
      The result is Wrenchers, a reimagined and rebranded version of the company formerly known as Garage Equipment Supply.
      The new Wrenchers offers more than 12,000 items from leading tool and equipment brands, plus access to more than 50,000 specialty items online at 
      link hidden, please login to view, via phone and through its master product catalog. The expanded lineup includes an array of high-quality lifting systems, specialty tools and equipment solutions including service lifts and parking systems, hand and power tools, tool storage, vehicle diagnostics and various shop essentials, such as wheel service and collision repair equipment. 
      In addition to changing its branding and bolstering its product lines, Wrenchers has relocated from California to a large corporate office and distribution center in Theodore, Alabama. The new location helps Wrenchers deliver products quicker than any other warehouse distributor, according to the company, reaching 98% of the United States with free shipping via LTL trucking, flatbed service or FedEx within one to five days from the time the order is placed. 
      “Not long after we launched in 1996, customers started asking us to offer even more equipment,” said Marco Ortiz, director of factory sales.“Wequickly expanded to include tire changers, wheel balancers, alignment and front-end tools, among others. More than 25 years later, we now serve every facet of the vehicle-maintenance marketplace. With our new website, distribution center and other enhancements, we can offer our more than 350,000 customers more choices, faster delivery, and even better service.” 
       Wrenchers markets its products through multiple distribution sales channels, including retail, e-commerce and independent specialty tool dealers throughout the United States and Canada.
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      Kurk Wilks, president and CEO of MANN+HUMMEL, has been elected vice chairman of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) board of directors.
      Wilks joined the MEMA board in 2021. 
      “Having Kurk as a vice chairman of the MEMA board is aligned with our mission to advance the business interests of the vehicle supplier community,” said Marc Blackman, president and COO, Gold Eagle, and chairman of the MEMA board. “I look forward to working with Kurk in his new role and during this transformational time in our industry.” 
      “I’m excited to work with Kurk Wilks as vice chairman of the MEMA Board,” MEMA President and CEO Bill Long said. “His industry expertise and experience in the global supply chain –original equipment and aftermarket in both the heavy-duty and light vehicle sectors – make him an ideal choice for this role. 
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      In the past, the lack of end-of-life batteries meant that the Li-ion (lithium-ion) recycling market had little opportunity to prosper. The transition to electric vehicles (EVs) is changing this, IDTechEx says in a recent report. Recycling enables countries to domesticate battery material supply, hedge risks of fluctuating metal prices, and reduce reliance on unsustainable mining practices. Various stakeholders across the value chain are upping recycling capacity to prepare for the mass availability of valuable end-of-life Li-ion batteries due to supply, regulatory and environmental motivations.
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