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San Pedro Rotary Club Names Plaza Automotive Center Business of the Year

Community Service, Business Ethics, and Customer Care Make Plaza Automotive Center the Right Choice for Automotive Service and Repair in San Pedro.

San Pedro, CA, May 22, 2009 --( The San Pedro Rotary Club recognized Plaza Automotive Center as San Pedro’s Business of the Year on May 17, 2009, as part of its Community Heroes Awards Program. Located in the Park Plaza Shopping District, Plaza Automotive Center provides comprehensive automotive service and repair in San Pedro, including tires, brakes, air conditioning, electrical, tune-up, and state-of-the-art diagnostic services.

In making its Business of the Year decision, the San Pedro Rotary Club’s primary considerations were ethical standards and community service. The Rotary Club selected Plaza Automotive Center because of its continued commitment to the highest standards of business ethics, as well as its extensive, ongoing service to the community, which includes fundraising for local nonprofits and donating time and money to support local events.

“I’m honored that we were chosen as San Pedro’s Business of the Year,” said Mitch Harmatz, owner of Plaza Automotive Center. “There are so many businesses deserving of this award, and I’m just happy to be able to give back to the community as much as I can.”

As a resident of San Pedro for over twenty years, Harmatz is as recognized for his philanthropic contributions as he is known for providing unparalleled automotive service and repair in San Pedro. One of his community outreach programs is Share Our Success, a referral rewards program for community partners. As part of the program, Harmatz donates 1 percent of Plaza Automotive Center's gross receipts to local nonprofit organizations so they can raise money for their causes. Current community partners include the Golden State Pops Orchestra, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Harbor Interfaith Services, Port of Los Angeles High School, San Pedro City Ballet, Toberman Settlement House, and the YWCA of the Harbor Area and South Bay.

In addition to its dedication to the community, Plaza Automotive Center provides complete automotive service and repair in San Pedro for domestic and imports, including:
· Tune-up and engine services
· Brake service
· Air conditioning services and repair
· Tire service, wheel balancing, and alignment
· Electrical diagnostics
· Clutch repair and replacement
· Suspension tuning and repairs
· Heating and cooling system services and repair
· Shock and strut replacement
· Transmission and fuel injection services
· Batteries and starting systems

“From diagnosing and fixing engine problems to air conditioner repair, and from tire rotation to clutch repair, we’re truly a one-stop-shop for our customers’ automotive needs,” said Harmatz. “We’re as passionate about our automotive services as we are about customer service. Our customer care program provides customers with the confidence that we’ll not only take care of their immediate needs, but we’ll also remind them of scheduled maintenance, oil changes, and other services to ensure their vehicle is safe and performing at its peak condition at all times.”

As the premier provider of automotive service and repair in San Pedro, and operating with a consistent focus on customer care and safety, Park Plaza Automotive Center offers complimentary loaner cars, local shuttle service, pick-up and delivery service, 24-hour roadside assistance, a 3-year/36,000-mile local repair warranty, and a nationwide repair warranty.

For more information call 310.831.2888 or visit Plaza Automotive Center online at

About Plaza Automotive Center:
Plaza Automotive Center is locally owned and managed in San Pedro, California. Since opening its doors in 2001, Plaza Automotive Center’s commitment to its customers and community has gone beyond repairing cars. As an active member of the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, San Pedro Lions Club, and the Rotary Club of San Pedro, Plaza Automotive Center is committed to giving back to the community it serves. The company’s Share Our Success program reached its philanthropic goal in 2008 by donating over $10,000 to its community partners.

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