Jeremiah Curtis focuses his shop, Bodacious Diesel, on accurately and thoroughly performing modifications and repairs on Power Stroke-, Cummins-, and Duramax-powered pickup trucks.
Golden, Colo.—When Jeremiah Curtis decided to open a diesel performance shop in 2008, he wanted his mission and moniker to be unique.
Zack Newman has built his business up through a focus on quality and high visibility with no DRPs.
Olathe, Kan.—Zack Newman, owner of Newman’s Auto Body & Repair, doesn’t have a long list of direct repair programs (DRPs) — in fact, he doesn’t have any.
Jasper Engines & Transmissions Chairman/CEO Doug Bawel (r.) discusses production in one of the company’s pod cells with Brandon Poole. Each U-shaped pod production cell is dedicated to a particular engine family.
Jasper, Ind.—Continuous improvement is part of the company culture at Jasper Engines & Transmissions, from the production floor to the executive boardroom.
Chuck Arnold and Reggie Sateren review work orders in the front office of Plateau Diesel Performance.
Enumclaw, Wash.—It’s not often that a relatively new business has experienced the growth that Plateau Diesel Performance has since opening in early 2015, but much of the credit goes to an exceptional staff, said Chuck Arnold, service manager.
From l., Owner and Lead Technician Darrell Miller, Owner Jeff White, and Owner Don Harbaugh are longtime friends and now business partners.
Crystal City, Mo.—STL Diesel likes to work where it plays.
The crew at Mr. D’s, from l., Ryan Frank, painter; Jose Tovar, body technician; Dave Chesleigh, owner; and Bobby Patterson, body technician, pose with a custom 1971 Mustang Mach 1, which the shop recently finished.
Brea, Calif.—Dave “Mr. D” Chesleigh, owner of Mr. D’s Custom Paint & Body, said he got into the body and paint business because he enjoyed making cars look good and didn’t want to get his hands greasy doing mechanical work.
Jeremiah Curtis focuses his shop, Bodacious Diesel, on accurately and thoroughly performing modifications and repairs on Power Stroke-, Cummins-, and Duramax-powered pickup trucks.
Zack Newman has built his business up through a focus on quality and high visibility with no DRPs.
Jasper Engines & Transmissions Chairman/CEO Doug Bawel (r.) discusses production in one of the company’s pod cells with Brandon Poole. Each U-shaped pod production cell is dedicated to a particular engine family.
Chuck Arnold and Reggie Sateren review work orders in the front office of Plateau Diesel Performance.
From l., Owner and Lead Technician Darrell Miller, Owner Jeff White, and Owner Don Harbaugh are longtime friends and now business partners.
The crew at Mr. D’s, from l., Ryan Frank, painter; Jose Tovar, body technician; Dave Chesleigh, owner; and Bobby Patterson, body technician, pose with a custom 1971 Mustang Mach 1, which the shop recently finished.
Jeremiah Curtis focuses his shop, Bodacious Diesel, on accurately and thoroughly performing modifications and repairs on Power Stroke-, Cummins-, and Duramax-powered pickup trucks.
Golden, Colo.—When Jeremiah Curtis decided to open a diesel performance shop in 2008, he wanted his mission and moniker to be unique. So he cracked open the dictionary and settled on an adjective, bodacious, that represented the bull-riding, sportsman-racing, aspiring entrepreneur. The end result...
The trio of owners at Denver Truck & Trailer include, from l., Les Merkel, Dan Blanchette, and Janet Richardson.  Their niche is to repair collision-damaged trucks and trailers, focusing on quick turnaround times.
Denver—When a commercial truck or trailer is down for collision repair, it costs the fleet operator both time and money, said Les Merkel, who owns Denver Truck & Trailer with partners Janet Richardson and Dan Blanchette. So no matter if a customer has five trucks or 50, the goal is to repair...
The Chief Vulcan Adhesive Debonding Unit (ADU) uses infrared radiation to quickly heat the surface to a temperature where the first layer of glue underneath releases cleanly.
Chief’s Vulcan breaks bonds of automotive structural adhesives      Madison, Ind.–The patent-pending Chief Vulcan ADU (www.chiefautomotive.com) is the first product specifically designed to break the bond of structural adhesives in automotive applications, according to the company. The Vulcan ADU...
From l., Dennis Montalbano, ASCCA president; Rodney Pierini, CAWA president and CEO; Gloria Peterson, ASCCA executive director; and Bill Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Association, say they are pleased that auto care industry leaders and association members took the time to attend the Summit.
Long Beach, Calif.—The 2016 Auto Care Industry Summit, presented by CAWA, ASCCA, and the Auto Care Association, June 24, at the Maya Hotel, brought together industry experts and shop owners to discuss issues that focused on cybersecurity and its relationship to telematics, and how they will affect...
The crew at Mr. D’s, from l., Ryan Frank, painter; Jose Tovar, body technician; Dave Chesleigh, owner; and Bobby Patterson, body technician, pose with a custom 1971 Mustang Mach 1, which the shop recently finished.
Brea, Calif.—Dave “Mr. D” Chesleigh, owner of Mr. D’s Custom Paint & Body, said he got into the body and paint business because he enjoyed making cars look good and didn’t want to get his hands greasy doing mechanical work. “When I was a kid, my dad was a UAW mechanic for General Motors, but he...
Car-O-Liner’s new-generation CTR7 Resistance Spot Welder provides quality spot welds with all high-strength steels using the latest inverter technology, the company says.
Anaheim, Calif.—On the West Coast for the first time, the International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) and Congress of Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) heads to the Anaheim Convention Center, Aug. 9-13. Its popular trade show tool and equipment demonstrations also return for the...
Breakout sessions at the forum included discussions on emerging technology and future electrical systems.
Grandview, Mo.—Leading members of the fleet trucking industry were hosted at Peterson Manufacturing’s Grandview headquarters during its recent 5th Annual Fleet Forum in June. Forum participants included representatives from nine national trucking fleets as well as featured speakers from the...
Mitch Mendenhall (l.) and Bobby Field, co-owners of East County Diesel, say becoming a Bosch Certified Diesel Diagnostic Center has brought in business and enhanced the image of the shop.
El Cajon, Calif.—Robert “Bobby” Field opened East County Diesel in January 2010 and incorporated in 2014 when Mitch Mendenhall joined the business and became a partner. “Between Bobby and myself we have more than 60 years’ experience in the automotive industry,” Mendenhall said. “And both of our...
 
 

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