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March 2017

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10 NOLN | www.noln.net AROUND THE INDUSTRY Pennsylvania Woman Gives Birth During Auto Shop Oil Change Some auto shops offer 10-minute oil changes. at still would have been about seven min- utes too long for a Pennsylvania woman who gave birth while her husband's pickup was get- ting an oil change at an auto dealership. Amanda Sherman and her husband, Adam, told the "Pittsburgh Tribune-Review" that Amanda gave birth when she went to the restroom at Cochran Nissan of South Hills, Pennsylvania, in suburban Pittsburgh, Janu- ary 4, 2017. Amanda mentioned another customer, who happened to be a registered nurse, and the dealership's staff helped her, while a 911 dispatcher talked Adam through tying off the baby's umbilical cord with his bootlace. An ambulance took Amanda and 7-pound- 12-ounce Heather Lynn to a Pittsburgh hospi- tal, where she was released two days later. Driven Brands Charitable Foundation Makes Special Deliveries to Levine Children's Hospital e Driven Brands Charitable Foundation (DBCF) spread holiday cheer recently at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, North Caroli- na. Employees from Driven Brands were able to bring gifts to every inpatient child at the hospital thanks to the annual Driven Brands Holiday Auction that raised more than $15,000 in 2016. Five representatives from DBCF and Driven Brands delivered the gifts to the children that included toys for all ages. e children received games, stuffed animals, Legos, headphones, books, crafts, Matchbox cars and other miscel- laneous toys to help bring a smile to their faces while receiving treatment at Levine Children's Hospital. e hospital has roughly 150 children as inpa- tients every day. In addition to the gifts for the children at Levine, the DBCF also "adopted" a fam- ily in need in the Charlotte area this holiday. e DBCF was able to purchase clothes, toys, household items and holiday decorations, as well as gift cards for food and gas. One of the main initiatives of the foundation is to change the lives of children and fam- ilies in need within its local communities. e DBCF made dona- tions to two additional children's hospitals, SickKids Canada and the Children's Hospital in New Orleans, with funds from the auction. e annual auction was open to employees, more than 2,500 Driven Brands franchisees and customers throughout the country. Pep Boys Acquires Just Brakes Pep Boys recently announced the purchase of privately held Just Brakes, an automotive repair and maintenance chain, increasing the number of Pep Boys auto service locations to over 900 locations. "We are thrilled to celebrate this major mile- stone in the growth of our combined organi- zation," commented Pep Boys president and Chief Executive Officer Brent Windom. "Add- ing to our portfolio over 130 stores in strategic locations, allows us to strengthen our presence in target markets, including Dallas and Atlan- ta, and demonstrates our steadfast commit- ment to growing our service business." Just Brakes, in business for 36 years, has 134 locations and operates in eight states and 14 major metro markets. "We welcome Just Brakes' talented and dedicated team of more than 500 automotive experts to the family, and we are pleased to announce Bill Ihnken, former CEO of Just Brakes, as our president of Service," Windom said. "We look forward to working together to leverage the combined strengths of our companies, including our joint focus on taking care of customers, as we convert all Just Brakes locations into Pep Boys Service & Tire Centers, offering a full range of services, such as oil changes, tire installations, brake repair and suspension work." "is is an exciting an- nouncement for the Just Brakes team," Ihnken said. "Being part of Pep Boys means we have the resources required to truly achieve our goal of pro- viding total car care as we tran- sition to the Pep Boys format. is conversion will afford growth opportunities to our employees and help our stores thrive while keeping our focus on providing customers the best experience and value." Performance Plus Quick Lube Wins Service Champ's Dirtiest Cabin Filter Contest Drew Poll has serviced a lot of cars in his time, but he soon realized he was witnessing some- thing you don't see everyday when a first-time customer visited his shop last year. at's why the manager of Performance Plus Quick Lube in Ludington, Michigan, is the runaway winner of America's Dirtiest Cabin Filter contest, spon- sored by Service Champ. "It was the worst cabin filter I've ever seen and was on a 2006 Honda Civic with 115,000 miles on it," said Poll, whose chain has 32 lo- cations throughout Michigan. "I'm not sure if Two-day old daughter Heather Lynn Sherman is shown at Ma- gee-Womens Hospital of UPMC in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Heather Lynn was born at an auto shop during and oil change. The Driven Brands Charitable Foundation spread holiday cheer at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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