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Northwest Tire Dealers Association merges with NWACA

“It’s a unique opportunity for all involved to have a strong automotive industry voice in the Northwest region and share in benefits and programs,” says NWTA’s Dick Nordness

Lakewood, Wash.—The board of directors of the Northwest Tire Dealers Association (NWTDA) and the Northwest Auto Care Alliance (NWACA) have announced that the NWTDA will merge with NWACA effective Jan. 1, 2023.

“I am confident that this merger is a great move for our tire dealers and suppliers to maintain the current benefits we offer, as well as adding the extensive programs that the Northwest Auto Care Alliance provides for their members,” said Richard “Dick” Nordness, Executive Director of NWTDA since 1992.

“We are exceedingly pleased to welcome the members and suppliers of the Northwest Tire Dealers Association to our family of automotive service and repair professionals,” said Brenda Wolslegel, Executive Director of NWACA. “It’s a unique opportunity for all involved to have a strong automotive industry voice in the Northwest region and share in benefits and programs that enhance each of our member’s businesses.”

The Washington Tire Dealers Association was formed in 1939 with the Oregon group following in 1946. They were two separate corporations operating under a DBA of NWTDA. In 2000, the groups officially incorporated in Washington state as Northwest Tire Dealers Association. Currently, NWTDA represents some 400 retail tire stores in Washington and Oregon, with a few member stores in Idaho and Alaska.

NWACA was founded in 1959 in Washington as the Independent Garage Owners. Name changes over the years included the Automotive Service Council and Automotive Service Association. Today, as NWACA, the trade association has more than 350 members in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska.

Based in Lakewood, Wash., the NWACA has a four-person staff and annually produces the three-day Automotive Training Expo (ATE) each spring in Seattle. ATE is the West Coast’s largest training event for automotive service and repair professionals. ATE East is also staged each fall in Spokane.

NWACA is member of the national Auto Care Alliance, a group of state and regional automotive trade associations that work together to provide nationwide benefits for members, as well as addressing issues facing service, repair, tire, and specialty automotive businesses.

For additional information on the merger, or NWACA programs, contact Wolslegel at 253-473-6970, or email brenda@nwautocare.org.

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