A United States team that included two auto technicians with the Sacramento-based Von Housen Mercedes-Benz Group of Dealers today won the title of "World's Best Workshop Team" at the 2012 Global TechMasters International competition in Stuttgart, Germany.
Ralph Johonnot, with Mercedes-Benz of Rocklin, and Scott Baylis, with Mercedes-Benz of Sacramento, qualified for the seven-member U.S. team in June following a prolonged, nationwide competition that included more than 2,000 technicians. That competition was sponsored by Mercedes-Benz USA to identify the top performers at dealerships nationwide.
Over three days, Johonnot, Baylis and the U.S. team went up against teams of Mercedes technicians from 15 other nations. Daimler AG crowned the U.S. champs today.
In addition, Johonnot won the bronze medal in the "World's Best Maintenance Technician" category.
In the team competition, the U.S. techs beat out silver medalist and host Germany. The team from Japan took the bronze in the biannual competition.
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