February 28th, 2014

CAR annual meeting touted as a success, features industry experts and training

Denver—It was a full house at the recent 2014 Colorado Auto Recyclers (CAR) Annual Meeting at the PPA Event Center in Denver, Jan. 18, which featured Norman Wright, CAR treasurer, as master of ceremonies, and various speakers and guests such as Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) President Michael Wilson.


“It was very successful,” said Ryan Hochmiller, CAR president. “We had 60 recycling professionals attend and a full schedule of speakers.”


Longtime Evergreen Subaru specialists cater to mountain vehicle population

Evergreen, Colo.—The mountain town of Evergreen has a large Subaru and Jeep population that depends on Marcy’s Automotive’s expertise for repair and service, said James Marcy, shop foreman and ASE Master Level Technician, whose father, Ed Marcy, is the owner.

“We’re one of the oldest and most trusted Subaru specialists in this mountain area and employ more ASE Master Technicians than anyone else,” Marcy said, adding that the family has owned and driven Subarus since the 1970s. “We know them in and out.”

ASA-CO Symposium speaker Bill Haas urges eradication of bad workplace behavior

Golden, Colo.—Nothing erodes confidence in leadership more than tolerance of bad employee behavior, Bill Haas said during the luncheon keynote at the recent ASA-CO Symposium.

Haas, owner of Haas Performance Consulting, delivered the keynote to an audience of shop owners and industry personnel, held at the Denver Marriott West hotel on Jan. 25.

On a personal note, Haas revealed that he had a past reputation as being an “angry” young man, setting the tone for his presentation, “Rewarding Bad Behavior,” sponsored by CARQUEST.


Jacobs maintains ‘old school’ roots while adopting new technology

Denver—When Model T Fords were rolling down the streets of Denver, the Jacobs family was there to service them.

Today, Rob Jacobs and his brother, Joe Jacobs III, operate Jacobs Service Center, a NAPA AutoCare Center, continuing the family business their grandfather, Joe Jacobs, and father, Joe Jacobs Jr., built in 1929.

Classic keeps an eye on new vehicle technologies, balances crash and restoration work

Lee’s Summit, Mo.—Dewayne Hancock got his start in the collision repair industry in 1975 at a local Kansas City dealership, and about a decade later, went out on his own, and opened Classic Paint & Collision. Hancock said he has focused on keeping up with the learning curve on collision repair work, while maintaining a nice mix of classic car restoration jobs in the shop — a balance of the old and the new.

AT program and industry collaboration prepare students for careers

Olathe, Kan.—One out of every seven jobs in the U.S. is transportation-related, which Ken Gandy, auto technology instructor at Olathe Advanced Technical Center (OATC), said presents some excellent opportunities for his students. 

“You are either going to design it, drive it, break it, build it, or fix it,” he said. “So our job is to teach students all five and let them pick which avenue they want to go into.”

Dale & Ron’s adapts to changing market

Longtime Lawrence repair shop adds Asian import business, finds success in preventive maintenance

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Lawrence, Kan.— Rick Bellinger, owner of Dale & Ron’s Auto Service, will tell you that as a young man, he didn’t plan on running an automotive repair shop or even being in the industry, for that matter. But things changed in 1973 when he was laid off by the local ammunition plant and, around the same time, his father Dale Bellinger and partner Ron Coffman launched their business.

March 2014 Southern California People & Places

Chris Olvera, who has worked for the Automobile Club of Southern California (AAA) for more than nine years in a variety of professional roles in Los Angeles and Orange counties, Lompoc, Honolulu, and San Diego, has been named the new manager of the AAA Santa Barbara branch. “I’m looking forward to returning to my hometown of Santa Barbara and rejoining the community,” Olvera said.

Chicago Pneumatic introduces the ‘Stubby’ 1/2-inch Impact Wrench

Rock Hill, S.C.—Chicago Pneumatic is launching the CP7732, an ultra-compact and powerful impact wrench designed for difficult work in confined spaces. At only 4.4-inchs long (112 mm), it is ideal for transmission, engine, and brake work.

Small, yet powerful, the “Stubby” impact offers 450 ft-lbs.(610 Nm) of torque, and weighs 2.9 pounds. It’s a new addition to the Chicago Pneumatic product line and can easily remove or tighten fasteners in the most difficult to reach applications.