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SEMA eNews, Vol. 23, No. 18

Nearly 2,000 Exhibitors Make Commitment to 2020 SEMA Show
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SEMA eNews

Vol. 23, No. 18
April 30, 2020


Nearly 2,000 Exhibitors Make Commitment to 2020 SEMA Show


Nearly 2,000 companies are demonstrating confidence about the specialty-equipment market's future by participating in the 2020 SEMA Show Space Selection.


 ‌ // Breaking News            

States Begin to Ease Lockdown Restrictions

After weeks spent under stay-at-home orders designed to halt the spread of COVID-19, many states have taken the first steps toward loosening restrictions and reopening their economies.

SEMA Call to Action: SEMA Board Elections

SEMA has partnered with Survey & Ballot Systems (SBS) to administer the 2020 SEMA Board of Directors election.

Don't Wait to Apply for PPP Loans—New Law Added $320 Billion for the Small Business Assistance Program

SEMA-member companies looking to apply for the PPP loan should contact a bank where they have an existing relationship immediately, as strong demand for the loans is expected to exhaust the additional funding for the program next week.

Coronavirus: Company-by-Company Response and Status

The following are examples of how several automotive specialty-equipment companies are responding to this unprecedented event.

Last Call: SEMA Launch Pad Applications Due May 3

The 2020 SEMA Launch Pad Program is a competition for young entrepreneurs who would like to launch their products into the $44.6 billion dollar aftermarket industry.

SEMA Research: Many Consumers Using This Time to Work on Their Cars

Last week, SEMA and Directions Research conducted a nationally representative survey of more than 1,000 consumers to check in on how people are using their cars.


 ‌ // Business Tools            

How Manufacturers Can Continue to Develop Aftermarket Parts While Sheltering at Home

Automotive aftermarket manufacturers seeking to develop products during "stay-at-home" orders can tap into several exclusive SEMA-member benefits that lend themselves to physical distancing.

Aftermarket Industry Comes Together to Retool Operations and Donate Goods

Many members have shifted their current operations to help combat COVID-19.

Three Exclusive Money-Saving Offers for SEMA Members

SEMA members may be able to find additional relief through the association's money-saving benefits.

SEMA News 35 Under 35: Help Us Identify Young Industry Leaders

If you know a leader who is age 35 or younger as of September 1, 2020—whether they are in manufacturing and design, marketing, retail, events and media, or distribution—we would like to hear from you.

Job-Hunting? Top Automotive Jobs Here

The SEMA Career Center has a comprehensive listing of automotive-related job openings around the country.


 ‌ // New Products & Technology

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Spy Shots—Ferrari Portofino Caught With New Face

A prototype for the facelifted Ferrari Portofino has been spied undergoing tests in Germany.

New Products From Oracle Lighting, Hellwig, Coker Tires and More

SEMA eNews highlights products from member-companies each week.


 ‌ // Law & Order                 

Americans for Free Trade Urges President Trump to Temporarily Delay All Import Duties Paid by U.S. Companies During COVID-19

SEMA and many SEMA-member companies joined the Americans for Free Trade (AFT) coalition in urging President Trump to provide relief to struggling U.S. companies by delaying the current collection of import duties and fees.

SEMA & Outdoor Recreation Coalition Partners Urge Congress to Reduce Maintenance Backlog on Federal Land

SEMA and 30 other national associations that comprise the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) are calling on the U.S. Congress to pass S. 3422, the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA), a bill that is critically important to revitalizing America's outdoor recreation industry.

USTR Grants Exclusions From China's List 3 Tariffs Including Some Miscellaneous Auto Parts

The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) granted exclusion requests for 108 List 3 products imported from China and subject to 25% tariffs.

Meet the Industry's Legislative Allies: U.S. Representative Markwayne Mullin (R-OK)

U.S. Representative Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) grew a family business while competing in action-packed pursuits ranging from rock crawling to mixed martial arts.


 ‌ // People, Places & Racing

Remembering SEMA Hall of Fame Member Butch Lahmann

SEMA Hall of Fame inductee Butch Lahmann passed away last weekend due to complications from COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Racing News: Race Tracks Announce Plans to Open Gates

Racing news from across the motorsports industry.

Charles Brendeland of Midwest Marketing & Sales Passes Away

Brendeland spent his adult life working in the automotive industry, including stints at Dee Zee Inc., and most recently as owner of Midwest Marketing & Sales.

TORA Volunteer Spotlight: Sara Morosan of LGE CTS Motorsports

Morosan is an accomplished industry advocate, business leader and previous select committee volunteer whose contributions have led to the success of many effective strategies, programs and builds that specifically address the needs of the truck and off-road segment.

Hanging with the Hall of Fame—Paul "Scooter" Brothers

Since he was old enough to walk, Paul "Scooter" Brothers has been hanging around cars.

Best of SEMA Video Archives: Jay Leno and Builder Brad DeBerti

This week's videos feature interviews with former late night powerhouse and current host of "Leno's Garage," Jay Leno, 2017 Battle of the Builders Young Gun entry Brad DeBerti and the Kia Stinger unleashed at the SEMA Show.

Movers & Shakers: Hagerty Launches Grant Program to Help Automotive Businesses Recover

News and updates from Hagerty, Permatex, Yamaha Motor Corp. USA and more.


 ‌ // Shows & Events           

Interview With SEMA VP of Events Tom Gattuso: Industry Preparing for 54th SEMA Show Journal Managing Editor Tom Stahler talks about the upcoming 2020 SEMA Show with SEMA Vice President of Events Tom Gattuso.

Exhibitors: Booth Applications Still Being Accepted

It's not too late to apply for a 2020 SEMA Show booth.

Mark Your Calendars

Dates and locations have been scheduled for several upcoming SEMA-sponsored shows, measuring sessions and activities.


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