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CARE LOBBY DAY AND AFTERMARKET PARTS EXHIBIT

 CARE LOBBY DAY AND AFTERMARKET PARTS EXHIBIT
 WHO:
 Coalition for Auto Repair Equality (CARE) representing the
 $162 billion Independent Automotive Aftermarket.
 SPEAKERS:
 -- Joseph Hyde III, CEO of AutoZone
 650 stores/11,500 employees
 -- Robert McKenna, president of NAPA
 6,700 stores/50,000 franchise employees
 -- Wayne Keller, president of Keller Truck Equipment and former
 president of Council of Fleet Specialists
 6 stores/63 employees (CFS -- 550 outlets)
 -- Ron Clemens, president of Independent Distributors Association
 385 independent off-road vehicle parts members
 -- Representatives from Giant Food Inc. (Bill Hefferon,
 superintendent of fleet maintenance, and John Latham, parts
 manager) will be present throughout the press conference to
 answer questions; 160 stores/25,500 employees
 WHAT:
 Press Conference/Lobby Day -- over 225 automotive aftermarket
 employees from across the United States congregating in
 Washington to educate members of the House Judiciary Committee
 about the hazards of H.R. 1790, the Design Innovation and
 Technology Act.
 Exhibit -- a display of over 30 OEM vs. aftermarket replacement
 parts, their function, "difference," and price variation.
 WHEN:
 Wednesday, March 18
 WHERE:
 Press Conference, 9-10 a.m.
 Pershing Square
 15th and Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
 (Directly in front of the Willard Hotel)
 Washington
 Visuals:
 -- Automobile
 -- Giant Food Inc. Semi Truck
 -- Tractor
 -- Mechanics/drivers to explain the "difference" and cost
 variations between OEM and aftermarket parts
 Exhibit, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
 Anton's Loyal Opposition
 400 1st St., S.E.
 Washington
 202-546-4545
 Visuals:
 -- Display with over 30 OEM vs. aftermarket replacement parts,
 their function, "difference," and price variations
 -- A video monitor with TV segments from local shop
 owners/employees
 WHY:
 -- To inform the American public about the hazards of H.R. 1790,
 the Design Innovation and Technology act, which would create a
 10-year, government-imposed monopoly over the production,
 sale and distribution of all motor vehicle replacement parts.
 This bill could dramatically increase the cost of car, light
 and heavy duty truck and off-road vehicle maintenance for
 consumers nationwide.
 -- To introduce over 225 motor vehicle aftermarket business
 owners and employees, representing 38 congressional districts
 and 23 states, who have come to Washington to meet with their
 congressman and voice their concerns about the bill. These
 225 constituents not only represent themselves, but also their
 local fellow aftermarket colleagues.
 BACKGROUND: If passed as written, H.R. 1790 will severely damage the $162 billion annual U.S. independent motor vehicle/automotive aftermarket, which is comprised of over 420,000 independent businesses, employing over 2.3 million American men and women. It will force consumers back to OEMs for all motor vehicle replacement parts for the first 10 years of a car's "life." Prices will rise dramatically when consumers are left with no choice and forced to pay monopolized prices as dictated by the OEMs.
 The Coalition for Auto Repair Equality (CARE) is comprised of over 250 companies and aftermarket trade associations, such as AutoZone, Automotive Parts and Accessories Association, NAPA, CarQuest, Trak Auto, Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association, Council of Fleet Specialists, Pronto, Northern, Auto Sure, Midas, Echlin, Independent Distributors Association, The Federation of Qualified Technicians, et al.
 CONTACT: Lady Parker, Patrick Jeffery, Tony Betros for the Coalition for Auto Repair Equality, 202-223-5380 or 800-229-5380.
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