OBITUARY: Frank Norfleet, Early Founder of Association of Automotive Aftermarket Distributors

first_imgMEMPHIS, Tenn. – Frank M. Norfleet, a true icon of the automotive aftermarket industry, passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 17 at the age of 93.   A lifelong Memphian, he was born on Nov. 27, 1918. He leaves his wife of 69 years, Jean Norfleet; three daughters and sons-in-law, Janet and Mike Sheahan, Jean and John Laughlin and Frances and Alex Thompson; seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. His half-brother, Dunbar Abston, Jr. (and Connie) also survive him. His father, Cecil Norfleet; his mother, Esther Cook Norfleet Abston; his stepfather Dunbar Abston, Sr.; and a brother, Everett Norfleet, predeceased him.   He was an elder at Second Presbyterian Church and humbly led his family and others in the Christian faith.   Norfleet will be remembered by many as the chairman and CEO of Parts Industries Corp. Parts Inc., Heavy Duty Parts Inc., Worldparts Corp., Triple T Inc., Riverside Tractor Parts, Aftermarket Inc., Motors Inc. and many other subsidiaries fell under this umbrella.   He was the only person to serve as president and director of two separate and prestigious national associations in the industry: the Automotive Engine Rebuilders Association and the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association. He was also named AWDA Automotive Man of the Year in 1972, served as a trustee of the AWDA University, and he received the Automotive Hall of Fame’s Distinguished Service Citation. He was founder and chairman of the Association of Automotive Aftermarket Distributors (AAAD). This was an association of warehouse distributors who participated in the Parts Plus advertising program offered by Parts Inc. and used the Parts Plus licensed trademark.   Norfleet was founder and the first president of the Automotive Information Council in New York. He served as president of the Super Service Club of Distributors Institute, Chicago, and he was a director of the Car Care Council, Detroit, and a member of the District Council of two divisions of General Motors Corp., AC and United Delco. He served in numerous other industry roles and received many more industry awards.   Parts Industries was originally formed as Ozburn Automobile Supply Co. by Field Ozburn in 1911. When Dunbar Abston Sr. joined the company, it became Ozburn-Abston Company. Norfleet joined the firm in 1946 after working for several years at First National Bank in Memphis (now First Tennessee Bank). And, after serving in Europe during World War II where he was awarded the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Belgian Croix de Guerre (for service at the Battle of the Bulge) and the Silver Star for Valor. He was also in the Ninth Armored Division during the crossing of the Rhine River at Remagen.   Parts Inc. was formed in 1958 when the company foresaw warehouse distribution as its way of the future, with warehouses in Memphis, Baton Rouge, La., Jackson, Miss.; and Huntsville, Ala., and about 10 years later started franchising under the PI Systems name. In 1977, the Data Processing Division developed TOPS III, the most advanced computer system in the automotive aftermarket at the time.   In 1979, this family owned business was sold to Guest, Keen and Nettlefolds plc (GKN) of Birmingham, England. In 1984, Norfleet retired but remained as chairman emeritus of the board of directors of GKN (USA) Parts Industries Corp. For several years, he was also managing director of GKN Autoparts International, which included the French, British and the U.S. automotive operations.   Then, Frank Norfleet established NCRD Group Inc., a consulting firm that offered business, industry and institutions comprehensive management consulting services covering a broad spectrum of contemporary issues.   Through the years, he has served on the board of directors of several NYSE-listed companies including CSX Corp., First Tennessee National Corp. and Malone and Hyde, as well C.H. Bailey plc of the U.K.   Because of his dedicated service in different fields, he received many honors and awards, including the L.M. Graves Memorial Health Award presented by the Mid-South Medical Center Council, and he was honored by the American Jewish Committee. He was also elected to two six-year terms as a Justice of the Peace of Shelby County Quarterly Court.   He fully enjoyed volunteering. He served as president and chairman of the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce and was vice president of the Cotton Carnival Assn. In the health field, he co-chaired the finance committee of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and The University of Tennessee Cancer Research Centers in 1976. In the education field, he was a member of the University of Tennessee Development Council and co-chaired the Tennessee Tomorrow, National Fundraising Campaign of UT in 1977-1980. He was a founding member and chairman of the Board of Governors of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis (originally the Memphis-Plough Community Foundation). He was also a trustee of Rhodes College, Presbyterian Day School, Hutchison School and Elmwood Cemetery for many years.   His philanthropic endeavors as well as his fundraising leadership through the years benefited many charities such as MIFA, Church Health Center, Memphis Zoological Society, Boy Scouts and Mid-South Food Bank among others. Mentoring others also gave him great pleasure, especially through the Society of Entrepreneurs.   Norfleet was an avid sportsman, enjoying bird hunting, fishing, polo and tennis. His special joy was traveling with his whole family. He wrote his autobiography for his family, titled, “Blessings and Joys.”   A memorial service was held Monday Feb. 20 at Second Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.   In sharing the news of Norfleet’s passing, Mike Lambert, president of the Automotive Distribution Network, said, “To say that Frank Norfleet was an automotive industry icon would be an understatement. He joined the Ozburn-Abston Co. in 1946 and formed Parts Inc. in 1958. He also developed the Parts Plus name in that same year. In 1977, he invited the heads of the leading automotive manufacturers to Memphis for a meeting. Standing on the stage of the Peabody Hotel, with a young lawyer at his side, our own Bob Johnson, he explained his concept for an automotive association. Frank’s style was as much suggestion as mandate, and Frank always got his way. Thus was the beginning of the Association of Automotive Aftermarket Distributors, or AAAD, as our original association was called…   “There are few men who have the resume of a Frank Norfleet,” Lambert continued. “His legacy follows him into the future and the Network is part of that legacy.”     AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

New Mexico Courts Online System Expands Statewide To Resolve Debt, Money Due Lawsuits Without Hearing

first_imgClick here to view a video about Online Dispute Resolution. To learn more about the free online service, visits the ODR website of New Mexico Courts. Debt money due cases include lawsuits in which a bank sues a person over credit card debt or a hospital seeks payment for unpaid medical bills. About 31,000 debt and money due lawsuits were filed statewide from April 2018 through April 2019. ODR has been piloted since June in courts in three judicial districts and is being expanded statewide Sept. 1 to all district and magistrate courts. Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) is a free service that allows both sides in a lawsuit to negotiate an agreement at their convenience through private online messages from a home, business or any location with internet access. The system works on computers, smartphones and other mobile devices, and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The online system asks questions of each party about what they want to potentially resolve the lawsuit, and offers are exchanged. The online system will automatically prepare a settlement document and electronically file it in court if an agreement is reached through ODR. During the first two weeks of negotiation, both sides involved in a dispute may ask for the help of a trained online mediator. If no agreement is reached after 30 days, the online negotiation ends and the case moves forward in court.center_img NMSC News: “Online Dispute Resolution is convenient, cost effective and user friendly,” said First Judicial District Court Chief Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer. “With technology like ODR, courts can accommodate and assist people who might otherwise ignore a civil lawsuit because they are unable to take time off from work to go to court or they find the legal system too confusing. Online Dispute Resolution offers both sides in a lawsuit an opportunity for a speedier resolution of a consumer debt dispute.” SANTA FE ― An easy-to-use online service for resolving debt and money due lawsuits will be implemented statewide by New Mexico Courts starting next week.last_img read more

Shell to import LNG

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Atlas Copco to acquire Dekker Vacuum Technologies

first_imgBased in Michigan City, Indiana, Dekker Vacuum Technologies supplies vacuum equipment and service solutions for industrial applications.“This acquisition will complement our existing portfolio in the liquid ring pump market and will enable us to serve more vacuum applications at our customers,” said Geert Follens, Business Area President Vacuum Technique.“The company has a strong reputation serving diverse industrial markets in North America.”Dekker Vacuum holds a 22-year history of supply vacuum solutions to a broad range of industrial customers in the Midwest and across the US. The company currently has approximately 70 employees.The acquired business will become part of the Industrial Vacuum Division within the Vacuum Technique Business Area.The purchase price was not disclosed.Read more like this – subscribe todayEnjoyed this story? Subscribe to gasworld today and take advantage of even more great insights and exclusives in industrial gases.Visit to access all content and choose the right subscription for you.last_img read more

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first_imgTo continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe now for unlimited access Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more

PCN teams-up in stadium build

first_imgOriginating in Aveiro, Portugal during April 2012 the project involved the land and sea transportation of approximately 6,873 tonnes of metallic structures for use in the Manaus Stadium, Brazil. 19,500 cu m of structures was moved using four chartered vessels and more than 500 special trucks.  “This had been a good project but what makes us have huge pride is that we travelled more than 25,000 km without any accidents,” says cargo project manager at Olicargo, Joao Ribeiro. The project was successfully concluded earlier in September 2013.


first_imgAdministration – Date of registration of (Form 2.34B) notice In the matter of Globespan Airways Limited (Formerly in Administration and now in Liquidation); In the matter of the Insolvency Act 1986: Chancery Division, Manchester District Registry (Mr Justice Briggs): 24 February 2012 The Companies Act 2006 provides, so far as material: ‘1072(1) A document delivered to the registrar is not properly delivered unless all the following requirements are met: (a) The requirements of the provision under which the document is to be delivered to the registrar as regards – (i) The contents of the document; (ii) Form, authentication and manner of delivery;… 1073(1) The registrar may accept (and register) a document that does not comply with the requirements of proper delivery.’ The company was placed in administration by court order with effect from 17 December 2009. No order for an extension having been sought, on 13 December 2010, the three joint administrators signed a notice (the first notice) in the form prescribed by paragraph 83 of schedule B1 to the Insolvency Act 1986 (the 1986 act) (Form 2.34B) giving notice that paragraph 83(1) was to apply, and it proposed that two of the three administrators should be liquidators of the company. That notice was then hand-delivered to the registrar on 14 December, and was stamped as received on that date. The guidance notes for Form 2.34B required the administrators to provide their full names and addresses at sections (a) and (e). The full names and addresses of all three administrators were provided at section (a) but only the names of two of the administrators were proposed as liquidators at section (e) and their addresses were not repeated there. On 16 December 2010, the registrar rejected the first notice on the grounds that it was incomplete. A second notice filed on 6 January 2011 was erroneously rejected by the registrar on the grounds that there was no record of the company being in administration. A third notice dated 6 January was prepared and was received by the registrar on 19 January, but only registered on 4 February 2011. Companies House showed that latter date as the date the administration ended and the voluntary liquidation began. The registrar maintained that the omission of the proposed liquidators’ addresses in section (e) of the first notice meant it was not delivered at all. The former administrators applied to court seeking determination of certain issues arising from the interpretation and application of paragraph 83 of schedule B1 to the 1986 act. The issues were: (i) whether the omission of the repetition of the proposed liquidators’ addresses meant that the notice was not delivered at all; and (ii) what the registrar should have done on receipt of the notice on 14 December. The administrators submitted that: (i) regardless of when the administrative steps were completed, paragraph 83(4) of schedule B1 to the 1986 act should be interpreted as having required registration from the date of receipt; (ii) if the date of registration could not be earlier than the date when the administrative process was completed then paragraph 83(6) should be treated as having extended the term of appointment of the administrators, even if it would already have ended; and (iii) the registrar could be compelled to do anything necessary to put the matter right. Consideration was given to the Land Registration Act 2002 (the 2002 act) and rule 20(1) of the Land Registration Rules 2003, SI 2003/1417 (the Rules). The application would be allowed. Paragraph 83(4) of schedule B1 to the 1986 act should be interpreted as requiring registration with effect from the day of receipt, so that the phrases in paragraph 83(6) ‘on the registration of a notice’ and ‘on the day on which the notice is registered’ were treated as references to the effective date of registration, namely the date of receipt of the notice (see [24] of the judgment). Interpreting paragraph 83 of schedule B1 to the 1986 act as requiring registration with effect from the day of receipt gave full effect to parliament’s intention that registration should take effect on receipt of a paragraph 83 notice by the registrar as provided in paragraph 83(4). It afforded to any member of the public a precise record of the date when the company’s voluntary liquidation commenced. The same effect was achieved in the analogous context of land registration by the combined effect of section 74 of the 2002 act and rule 20(1) of the Rules, which provided that the registration of a disposition took effect from the date when the application for it reached the Land Registry, rather than from the later date when the administrative formalities of registration were completed. In the instant case, the state of the registered entries, which wrongly purported to show a seamless transition from administration to liquidation on 4 February 2011, was one which was at least capable of causing harm to the orderly winding up of the company’s affairs. Accordingly, it would be ordered that those entries should be removed and that the first notice ought to be registered with effect from 14 December 2010. E Squared Ltd, Re; Re Sussex Pharmaceutical Ltd [2006] 3 All ER 779 considered.last_img read more

Pet owners invited to help keep Farmington Hills safe

first_img Reported by Farmington Hills dog owners interested in learning more about the city’s new Paw Watch program are invited to attend an upcoming training session.Held Wednesday, September 13 at 6 p.m., at Police Headquarters, 31655 W. 11 Mile Rd., the session will teach pet owners (pets do not attend) how to observe suspicious activities or criminal behavior. Participants will learn what type of information the Police Department seeks, how to report information so that it’s helpful to officers responding to incidents, and how to stay safe while walking their pets.The Paw Watch meeting is open to all residents. Every pet who joins the program will receive a Paw Watch bandana. Light refreshments will be served and a special safety prize will be awarded in a raffle held at the end of the meeting.To register or learn more, call 248-871- 2750 or write to admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Civic center construction hits snags

first_imgShown is the site of the future Port Isabel events center, where construction has been delayed. (Staff photo by Ray Quiroga)By FRANCISCO E. JIMENEZSpecial to the PRESSReports have surfaced regarding problems with the construction of the new Port Isabel events center.Those reports were confirmed on Thursday when City Manager Edward P. Meza said that the construction is facing several utility issues, but he also said that those issues would not delay construction or cost the taxpayers any more money.“There have been some unforeseen items that have delayed the project,” said Meza. “According to our contractors it’s still on schedule. We had utilities that were going through the property on one side that delayed it. We had trees that we had to move… things like that. Hopefully after all that they are going to lay the foundation at the end of this month. It should be after that that we will begin building the walls and the roof.”Colair Inc. began construction on the project in October 2012. It was also at that time that fiber optic wires from Time Warner and ADP surrounding establishments were discovered as digging had commenced on the property.Mayor Joe Vega expressed concern over the project, saying that many people have approached him to ask about the construction’s progress.“I have been concerned,” Vega said, adding that he requested for the contractor to update them on the delay. “People have asked my why the event center has been going at a slow pace and that it looks like nothing is really moving. That’s why I brought them in to see where we were at with the schedule.”Vega then cited the same “unforeseen issues” cited by the city manager when addressing the need to reschedule. “I know they had to redo the schedule again because of some unforeseen situations that came up,” Vega said.Meza also dismissed initial allegations that the construction company had dug pillars too deep, ceasing construction until the problem was resolved. “Everything has been based on the requirements from the state with the building and the soil type that we have here,” Meza said. “They have dug at the correct depth that they were required to do.”Attempts to reach Ruben Sanchez, the contractor with Colair Inc., for comment were not successful as of presstime. Share RelatedPort Isabel sued in contractor disputeBy ESTEVAN MEDRANO Port Isabel-South Padre Press January 29, 2015 Colair Inc., a general contractor based in Mission, is suing the City of Port Isabel over disagreements regarding the numerous problems resulting from the delayed construction of the PI Cultural & Event Center. However, according to City Attorney Robert Collins,…January 30, 2015In “News”Event Center director resignsBy ESTEVAN MEDRANO Port Isabel-South Padre Press Mari Galvan, Port Isabel Event and Cultural Center Director since the center’s inception last year, officially resigned last week citing personal reasons. City Manager Ed Meza spoke about the major role she played in the facility’s maturation since its construction. “She contributed a…March 8, 2015In “News”YACHT CLUB AUDITForensic audit delivers scathing report of restoration project’s finances, planning   Editor’s Note: To jump to Part 2 of this story, available exclusively online, click here. By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press The Port Isabel City Commission heard a lengthy report about the Yacht Club project during its regular…March 30, 2018In “News”last_img read more

Laguna Vista sales tax increases steady

first_imgBy MARTHA McCLAINSpecial to the PRESSTown of Laguna Vista sales tax revenue climbed 1.80 percent in June with a payments from the state comptroller’s office totaling $12,198.The payment is the Town’s percentage of revenue from sales of merchandise made in April and collected in May.Comparatively, for the same period in 2016, the Town received $11,982; in 2015, $12,964, and in 2014, $11,083.Year-to-date, the Town has collected a total of $81,444, compared to $79,512 for the same period last year, representing a 2.42 percent increase.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedLaguna Madre sales tax figures mixedBy MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Local communities realized a mixed bag in sales tax revenue in September. The City of Port Isabel saw a gain of 19.10 percent for the month, bringing in $220,521.93, up from the $185,146 last September. For the year-to-date, the city is up 5.02…September 27, 2012In “News”LV among best in sales tax returnsBy MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS The Town of Laguna Vista was among the top five cities in Cameron County to realize the highest percentage of sales tax refunds for this year-to-date in 2012, according to the Texas Comptroller’s Office. November reports indicate that of the 16 municipalities in…November 29, 2012In “News”Tax figures show mixed resultsBy MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Despite fluctuations over the months in sales, communities in the Laguna Madre area have still experienced overall increases in year-to-date sales tax collections last month. The City of Port Isabel saw a gain of 5.27 percent for the month, bringing in $197,472, up…May 9, 2013In “News” Sharelast_img read more