October 7th, 2014

Formula Drift Wins Within Reach for Scion Racing

Scion Leads Competition for Manufacturer’s Cup; Driver Fredric Aasbo in Second Place

Long Beach, Calif. – October 7, 2014 – Formula DRIFT victory is close enough to taste. Scion Racing sits in first place going into the series’ final round, competing for its first-ever Formula DRIFT manufacturer’s cup. Leading the team’s success is 2014 Hankook tC driver Fredric Aasbo, currently in second place. If Aasbo wins the driver’s championship, it would lead to Scion Racing’s first Formula DRIFT Cup, as well.

October 3rd

Auto Drive-In Facilities are Operational in Aurora and Greenwood Village Helping Customers Recover

Denver, Colo., October 3, 2014 - State Farm®, the largest insurer in Colorado, brought in additional resources to help customers in and around the Denver metro area recover from the severe weather earlier this week.  As of Friday, more than 3,800 auto claims and approximately1,000 homeowner claims have been reported to the company.

Clutch & Brake Training Update

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September 30th

Michael Cardone Jr. presented with MEMA’s highest honor: 2014 Triangle Award

Recognized for Leadership in the Automotive Aftermarket and Remanufacturing Industries

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Michael Cardone Jr., owner and chief strategy officer, CARDONE Industries, was presented the prestigious Triangle Award, the highest honor awarded by the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), during the Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association (MERA) Golisano Conference, held here on Sept. 24. MERA is the remanufacturing division of MEMA.

October 2014 - River Valley People & Places


Robert Bosch LLC has established a scholarship program through UTI (Universal Technical Institute) with a gift of $50,000 to the Lilse, Ill., campus. The program will assist students with funding their education at the school. Multiple $1,000 scholarships and employment grants will be awarded. To be eligible for the scholarship students must meet all UTI admissions requirements, plus specific Bosch Scholarship requirements.

Collision Express focuses on quick turnaround and customer repair options

Maplewood, Mo.—After working at Don’s Body Shop in Overland for 40 years and owning it for 35, Dennis Carroll expanded his operations in March by opening a second location geared toward quicker repairs and more customer-pay work designed with options in mind.

“It’s called Collision Express because we want to do bumper jobs and other quick repairs,” Carroll said. “We don’t really want a train wreck; we’ll fix one, but we prefer a $1,500-$2,500 hit or a $500 bumper repair.”

Training and network opportunities knock for EXCEL Trade Show & Training attendees

St. Charles, Mo.—All too often, people expect opportunities to fall into their lap, when they’re usually disguised as a problem, said Rick White, managing partner of One Eighty Business Solutions in Harrisonburg, Va., and consultant to the automotive repair industry.

First transmission built at new drivetrain remanufacturing facility

Jasper, Ind.—Jasper Engines & Transmissions officially started transmission production at its new Drivetrain Remanufacturing facility in Jasper, Indiana, Sept. 8. 

     The first transmission remanufactured was a front-wheel drive GM 4T65E. It was the culmination of a planned and dedicated strategy that took place since the announcement to acquire the 220,000-square-foot building in April.

Zisser Tire in reconstruction limbo as Michael Brown grand jury meets

Dellwood, Mo.—John Zisser sits in his office at his makeshift desk, a plastic folding table that’s stood in for his oversize antique wooden desk since Zisser Tire was vandalized and looted Aug. 10, after the police shooting of Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson the day before.

Long-time Illinois shop stays ahead of curve by adapting to times

Belleville, Ill.—After 87 years in business, the Meckfessel family is going strong in independent service and repair. “My grandfather started the shop in 1927,” said Mark Meckfessel, who, along with his brother, Kent, and sister, Mandy, has run Meckfessel Tire and Auto since their father retired 10 years ago. It’s been in the same location since 1928, when Meckfessel’s grandfather bought out his partner, moved the shop, and literally moved in upstairs.