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From l., Kansas Powertrain & Equipment Owners Al Barranco and Chuck Stover and Area Sales Manager Chad Adcock focus on service and parts for trucks that work hard to earn their keep, such as this heavy-duty hi-rail railroad maintenance truck.
Topeka, Kan.—Vocational “dirty” trucks and tractor-trailers that are worked hard daily have been a profitable specialty for Kansas Powertrain & Equipment. “Dirty trucks are the best trucks,” said Al Barranco, co-owner of the company, who has been in the heavy-truck parts business since 1976,...
The family staff is shown behind a new counter in the new customer center. From l., are Sherri Spillman, Greg Spillman, and Rebecca Stillman with their company Pomeranian mascot.
Oak Grove, Mo.—Spillman Auto Service (SAS) in Oak Grove, Mo., enjoys a growing circle of friends and customers. SAS is successfully undergoing a rolling expansion that is improving the customer experience, expands work areas, and creates more opportunities for growth. Spillmans’s has successfully...
Assured Performance announced the appointment of Bob Keith as senior director of Compliance & Education.
MIDWEST MULTI-REGIONAL Thousands of high school and college students competed in the 2016 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in late June, in Louisville, Ky. They participated in leadership and skills competitions ranging from Aviation Maintenance Technology to Culinary Arts,...
Zack Newman has built his business up through a focus on quality and high visibility with no DRPs.
Olathe, Kan.—Zack Newman, owner of Newman’s Auto Body & Repair, doesn’t have a long list of direct repair programs (DRPs) — in fact, he doesn’t have any. And that’s OK by him, because without them, he’s been able to grow his business through his focus on quality. Now in his fourth year, he’s...
The new Kansas City location means speedier service from the drivetrain specialists at Ausmor, including from l., Warehouse Manager Brandon Brown, General Manager Austin Morris, Owner Mel Morris, and Accountant Michelle Morris, who is Austin’s wife.
Kansas City, Mo.—Ausmor opened in 2005 in Wichita, Kan., as a shop-centered manufacturer and distributor of OE-quality aftermarket drivetrain products, Owner Mel Morris said. And now with the opening of a Kansas City location last fall, it’s expanded its level of service. As with a 2012 expansion...
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,...

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