October 2021 Bulletin

06 October 2021

The ITPA Bulletin is to update members on
association and industry news.
The Fall Convention
Spend some time at the beach in Destin, FL with all your truck parts friends. Get ready for an off-the-hook meeting along with fun in the sun.

Download a copy of the itinerary. Click here.

October 14-16, 2021
The Henderson Beach Resort

You can still register but hotel rates will be at market.
  1. Hotel link: https://hendersonbeachresort.com/#/booking/step-1?group=10541E
  2. Register at ITPA.com. Click here.
Atlanta Gear and Axle Closing

A letter from Joel Bickerstaff:
"It is with great sadness Atlanta Gear & Axle will be closing at the end of October. ITPA and the friendships I have gained have had a great impact on our business and myself.

We joined the ITPA around 1985. Time moves so fast they seem to blend. I worked at Atlanta Gear since I was small and came to work full-time after college in 1975. ITPA is a great organization and know it will continue to support great companies in our industry."

Joel Bickerstaff has been a long-time member of the ITPA, he attended almost every meeting with his wife Beth, and was chairman 1994-1995. Joel and his wife Beth will be missed at the meetings!
Paul Wofford Obituary
Paul Frederick Wofford, 77, passed away peacefully in his home on September 29,2021 in El Paso, Tx. He was born on July 29, 1944 in El Paso, Texas to William Tracy Wofford and Ruth Price. Paul was a loving, caring, successful and gentle person who will be missed by all who knew him. He proudly served in the US Army and will be laid to rest at Fort Bliss National Cemetery. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife of 18 years Esperanza Imelda Wofford; brother, Tracy Wofford; daughter, Shelia Fleissner Wofford; son, Patrick Carroll and grandson, Joshua Wofford. He was preceded in death by his parents and three sons, Paul Wofford, Jr, Mark Wofford and Wesley Wofford. A Mass of a Christian Burial will be said on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at St. Francis Xavier Cabrini Catholic Church, 12200 Vista del Sol. Committal Service will follow at Fort Bliss National Cemetery, 5200 Fred Wilson, with Military Honors.
Mark Your Calendars

Conference organizers for Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW)—the largest North American gathering of heavy duty aftermarket professionals in the industry—today announced “Strong Like You” as the theme for HDAW 2022, which signifies the industry’s resilience throughout the pandemic. To lead the effort, David McCleave, Director of
Marketing and Aftermarket at Hendrickson, and Bill Nolan, President at PBS Truck Parts, have been
named as the conference co-chairs an Bill Betts of Betts Truck Parts and Service has been named as distributor vice-chair.

Collectively they will represent the needs of suppliers and distributors alike.
HDAW ’22 will take place in-person January 24-27 at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas.
As the Right to Repair debate continues nationwide, the Auto Care Association has been fighting for the right to repair vehicles of all classes, including heavy duty trucks. In an effort to support the association’s position, the Auto Care Association is calling for trucking industry stakeholders to ask members of Congress to enact Right to Repair legislation that includes the commercial vehicle repair industry. “Right to Repair is the most pressing issue facing our industry and it is time that we take a stand,” Auto Care officials said in an email to Heavy Duty Trucking. Read More