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Daniel Wininger receives a number of benefits from the Technet program, including training and a nationwide warranty for all work done at the shop.
Russellville, Mo.—Customers from as far away as 30 miles come to High Point Repair Services for its reputation as a provider of honest, high-quality repairs using high-quality parts, said Daniel Wininger, owner of the rural shop about 25 miles west of Jefferson City. “We have a huge, loyal customer...
With an investment in proper equipment, even small shops can do correct repairs with training and OEM documentation, says Mike Orton, owner of Mike Orton Precision Collision Services.
Joplin, Mo.—Since he opened his shop in 1982, Mike Orton, owner of Mike Orton Precision Collision Services, said he’s operated with a commitment to performing high-quality work independently of insurance company pressures. “I looked at collision repair as a craft, not just a job, and one that I...
Yeck’s Tire & Auto became a NAPA AutoCare Center in 2009. “We have five shops now and we’re looking to expand to eight,” Yeck’s vice president Mark Lowe says.
Bellevue, Neb.—Yeck’s Tire & Auto celebrated four decades in business last summer with a cookout and concert attended by more than 200 customers. Its secret to long-term success: Use every available tool to connect with customers and serve them well. “There’s a lot of shops who can repair cars...
Celebrating the ribbon cutting at WELD headquarters in Kansas City are, from l., World of Outlaws star Brian Brown, NHRA Funny Car champion John Force, NHRA Funny Car driver Robert Hight, NHRA Pro Stock champion, Erica Enders-Stevens, WELD president and CEO Norm Young, NHRA Top Fuel driver Clay Millican, Formula Drift driver Justin Pawlak and Kansas City Chamber of Commerce membership director David Pruente.
MIDWEST MULTI-REGIONAL The Collision Repair Education Foundation announced the recipients of the scholarships in collision repair that were created to assist deserving students pursuing a career in the collision industry. The awards are part of more than $200,000 in scholarships given out in May...
West Liberty Raceway is a large, ½-mile slightly banked dirt track for Late Models, Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, and Sport Compacts.
The 2016 racing season is heating up in the Midwest—with Stock Cars, Warriors, Modifieds, Hornets, Late Models, and more all taking to the tracks again, this year promising to deliver excitement for the whole family. Parts & People has compiled a list of popular tracks throughout Iowa, Kansas,...
John Wiedemann has been awarded Equipment and Tool Institute’s, ETI, 17thFounder’s Award at this year’s ToolTech 2016 in Monterey, Calif. The ETI Founder’s Award, established in 1985, honors those who have made many contributions to ETI. Wiedemann has been involved with ETI for more than 26 years...
Kansas City, Mo. – WELD, a performance wheels manufacturer, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house at its headquarters in Kansas City, Mo. May 19 to celebration its recent expansion. Many WELD brand ambassadors as well as local dignitaries were on hand for the event, including NHRA stars...
Director of first impressions Bree Reno, vice president Dave Reno (c.), and president Jarrod Krumwiede greet clients in the west Omaha collision repair shop.
Omaha, Neb. - Wreck A Mended’s catchy name communicates what the collision repair shop does – mend wrecked vehicles. It also suggests what president Jarrod Krumwiede wants - recommendations. “Customer referrals are huge for us. So, yeah, we want to be recommended,” he said. “The name is something I...
Mark and Summer Guerrero have grown After Hours Auto Repair to six bays and employing a customer service representative and two technicians.
Wichita, Kan.—Most people don’t look forward to getting their vehicle serviced or repaired. But a welcoming environment, including hand-picked calming scents, paintings, and creature comforts such as Wi-Fi and beverages, helps soothe sometimes anxious customers at After Hours Auto Repair, said...
Education and thorough documentation helps insurance adjusters understand the required parts and procedures required to properly repair highly engineered vehicles, says Randy Blackburn, manager of BMW Certified Baron Collision Center.
Merriam, Kan. — Insurers and collision repair shops often find themselves at odds over the cost and methods of repair. But it doesn’t have to be that way, said Baron Collision Center Manager Randy Blackburn. “Whether we’re the insurance company, the repair facility, or the parts people, we’re in...

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