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Trick Tools Owner Bruce Van Sant said the company focuses on high-quality specialty metal fabrication tools such as this MetalAce 28F Imperial English Wheel. One of the company’s flagship English wheels, the 44F model, sits unfinished in the background at the company’s 25,000-square-foot warehouse.
Pella, Iowa — It’s a piece of equipment that harkens back to old-world coachbuilders, requiring a craftsman to methodically pull a piece of metal between polished wheels attached to a large, sturdy frame. With successive motion and increasing tension on the wheels, what was just a flat piece of...
The industry panel, from l. Ben Steinmann-ASA, Mike Moehlenkamp-AASP-MO, Joe Battista-Parsons, Casey Diedering-OPUS and Donny Seyfer-ASA.
Midwest ASA, ASA-Midwest and AASP-MO co-hosted the Second Annual Vehicle Safety Inspection. The event was held at Hunter Engineering’s Bridgeton facility. Attendees heard presentations from a number of safety experts. Representatives from government agencies discussed their activities, from...
Rob Krzemien (l.), daughters Christi Krajeski and Andrea Heig plus nephew Mark Krzemien accept “Business of the Year” award from Tara Lea of the Ralston Area Chamber of Commerce.
Ralston, Neb. – CARSTAR Don & Ron’s was named “Business of the Year” by the Ralston Area Chamber of Commerce.  Don & Ron’s received the award at the Chamber’s Annual Awards Banquet and Auction held in early December. “It is seriously one of my favorite nights of the year just to bring...
Kris Hulett and Lisa Malott-Hulett, the husband-and-wife owners of Autos-2NV, show off the Factory Five Mk4 (Cobra-replica) Roadster they are building.
Rocheport, Mo. — Call it the “Overhaulin’ Effect.” With the popularity of the recently concluded TV show and ones like it, enthusiasts don’t always appreciate the amount of time – and money – that it takes to restore a car, said Kris Hulett and Lisa Malott-Hulett, the husband-and-wife owners of...
ASA-Midwest Affiliate President Jerry Holcom co-founded the Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo in the early ‘90s to address a need for quality training.
Kansas City, Mo. — ASA-Midwest Affiliate President Jerry Holcom is a believer in the merits of ongoing training, learning new management processes and technical diagnosis techniques that aid him in the daily operations of his business, S&S Service Center.      It’s why he said he continues to...
MIDWEST ASA-Midwest’s Vision 2016 website and registration is now open at www.visionkc.com. The only way to make reservations for the Sheraton Hotel is to complete and submit a conference registration. Any questions or need for additional information, contact ASA-Midwest at 816-781-5801 or sheri@...
Chris Whim stands in the lobby of his Merriam shop. The NAPA Service Assistant used with the TV in the lobby helps Whim explain specific repairs to customers.
Merriam, Kan.—In an era when business owners are encouraged to find a niche, it’s nice to find an independent shop owner willing to do it all. That’s exactly what Chris Whim and his staff at Mission Auto Service are doing successfully. “We work on everything, from A to Z,” said Whim, adding he...
Greg (l.) and Dave Osborne say the vast majority of customers prefer text messages and photos that update them with the repair process.
Blue Springs, Mo. — More time is now spent in the office, and repair methods have changed. But in the more than 40 years it’s been in business, one constant for Charlie’s Auto Collision Repair has been paying careful attention to the quality repair promised to the customer, said Dave Osborne, who...
Chris Carlson Hot Rods, of Mulvane, Kan., debuted its 1949 Buick Sedanette at the NAPA/Martin Senour booth, which featured the Tec/BASE premium refinish system color Granite (PCRS23) of the Martin Senour Rod & Restoration Color Deck on the exterior and Dark Blue Denim (PCRC30) for the engine and wheels.
SEMA attendance was reported to be more than 100,000 this year and occupied one million net square feet.
Exact Performance Owner Ben Bennett (l.) and Service Manager Dillon Rath, Bennett’s son-in-law, have expanded the business from its Lexus roots to include other Japanese makes.
Mission, Kan.—After several years as service manager of a local Lexus dealership, Ben Bennett struck out on his own in March 1998 with the relatively new niche of providing a “dealership alternative” for service and repair of Lexus cars. Over the years, Exact Performance has expanded to include all...

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