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Hoffman Estates, Ill.—The St. Louis I-CAR Committees awarded six schools with $25,000 in school grants at the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s annual reception at SEMA. The schools applied for the Education Foundation’s 2016 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grant and the funds...
The new NEXUS North America entity will have an office Kansas City. APA’s Gary Martin is an officer.
KANSAS/MISSOURI/OKLAHOMA The 27 best and brightest FCA US LLC dealership technicians were recognized as Mopar “Top Tech” winners during an awards ceremony held at Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester, Mich., on Jan. 10. Award recipients included William Ostmeyer, Topeka, Kansas – John Hoffer Chrysler...
From left: Jeff Yergovich and his team at R & A Motorsports, Jason McCoskey, Richard Jackson, Mike Poston, and General Manager Noel Jennings, specialize in concours-level Mustang restorations.
Lee’s Summit, Mo.—For Jeff Yergovich, it’s all about the details. His shop, R & A Motorsports, specializes in the restoration of ’65-’70 Mustangs and their Shelby variants. Although it takes on less-intensive restorations for daily-driven cars, its specialty is concours-level restorations...
John Anderson, owner of Anderson Automotive, relies on the Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo for much of the shop’s management and technical training.
Olathe, Kan.—Like most “overnight successes,” Anderson Automotive faced its share of growing pains to get to nearly $2 million in annual sales from the 21-bay, nearly 15,000-square-foot shop. “Making the transition from technician to owner is probably one of the hardest things for anybody to do,”...
Andy Dingman, general manager of his family’s Dingman’s Career Center, will finish his two-year term as chairman of SCRS in April.
Omaha, Neb.—As chairman of the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) and general manager of Dingman’s Collision Center, Andy Dingman practices what he preaches. His family’s MSO, with four locations in the Omaha metro area, has many of the same issues as the rest of the country’s collision...
Warrensburg Collision Manager Casey Lund (center) accepts the 2016 Fast Track Award at the Missouri Chamber’s annual meeting.
MISSOURI Warrensburg Collision was recently named a 2016 Fast Track Award winner by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce. The award is given out annually and recognizes Missouri’s top fastest growing businesses that show consistent revenue growth over the course of four years. Manager Casey Lund...
Steve McEnany, vice president of marketing and technology for Midwest Wheel Companies, says the company reaches 95 percent of its customer base with overnight deliveries.
Des Moines, Iowa—As vehicles have grown more complicated and diverse in both the light-duty and heavy-duty markets, customers look for easier ways to do business, said Steve McEnany, vice president of marketing and technology for Midwest Wheel Companies, founded in 1911 to service the market for...
Body Shop Manager Jamie Leonard and Auto Body Director Todd Stadel say the addition of the GFS track-and-dolly system allows for a 50-percent reduction in floor space, and the bottleneck turned out to be in the metal department.
Lawrence, Kan.—Todd Stadel, auto body director for Briggs Auto Group, with 10 dealerships in eastern Kansas, had plans in 2012 for an expansion at the Lawrence body shop. But with little space to work with, he needed to get creative. With some help, he got the shop on “track” to where it’s now...
Arnold Motor Company back in force at AAPEX.  Spencer, Iowa-based Arnold Motor Supply’s general manager, Dennis Spooner (left), and director of marketing, Dave Kimbell, returned to AAPEX to see the latest offering on the show floor and network. (Photo by Rob Merwin )
IOWA Des Moines Area Community College, of Ankeny, received a donation from the Collision Repair Education Foundation made possible by American Family Insurance, which donated $12,000 for 12 schools. The schools applied for the foundation’s 2016 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grant....
Business at BMW specialist Autobahn Motorwerks is up lately, Owner Joe Sanderson says.
Kansas City, Mo.—It’s a study in contrast, this ’57 Chevy Bel Air. Towering above its muted Bavarian relatives in gleaming white with bright stainless steel-and-gold trim, it harkens back to a day when mechanicals were delightfully simple, when a couple of screwdrivers and a handful of wrenches...

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