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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...
MEMA Senior Vice President Ann Wilson presented the 2016 MEMA State Leadership Award to Gov. Jay Nixon.
Columbia, Mo.—The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) has selected Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D-Mo.) for the 2016 MEMA State Leadership Award. The award was presented Oct. 7, at the Columbia facility of MEMA member company Dana Inc. MEMA represents more than 1,000 companies in the...
Mike Perry is the fourth winner in the Perfect Stop Powersports 2016 Giveaway.
IOWA Mike Perry, owner of Grime’s Tire and Auto, is the fourth winner in the Perfect Stop Powersports 2016 Giveaway. Grime’s Tire and Auto, an Auto Value Certified Service Center in Grimes, is a customer of Arnold Motor Supply, a member of the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance. Auto Value and Bumper...
Instructor Jack Stow says the Mustang dyno, shown here with the school’s track-prepared Mazda Miata, keeps students away from dangerous road tests.
Kansas City, Mo.—Outside Jack Stow’s office, a sign reads, “Never get bored with routine success.” It serves as a reminder of what guides him in teaching critical thinking skills to tomorrow’s automotive technicians. “Not every solution is instant, and that’s a good thing,” said Stow, instructor...
KCI Collision Center Owners Dave Sharp (l.) and Ryann and Nick Domann start with OEM repair guidelines to deliver a vehicle as good as or better than it was before the collision.
Platte City, Mo.—When Dave Sharp became a partner in KCI Collision Center in 2013 with husband-and-wife Nick and Ryann Domann, he brought with him a shared vision — a passion for repairing vehicles to as good as or better than pre-collision.  He joined the business with the goal to grow it from the...
With a tradition dating back more than 70 years, the owners of Noland’s Cylinder Head Service (from left) Mike, Tom, and Brad Noland have updated their equipment to include a Rottler SG80A heavy-duty cylinder head valve seat and guide machine.
Kansas City, Mo.—Manufacturer names have become more diverse, the equipment much more precise. But what has remained constant since the early 1940s, when Ed Noland founded Noland’s Cylinder Head Service, is repairing cylinder heads to prepare them for a “second life.” On any given day, a cylinder...
Classic Collision Center celebrates its 30th year in December. Joining Owner John Burdolski in the recently remodeled office/waiting area are his sons, Office Managers Dusty (l.) and Odie.
Kansas City, Kan.—As Classic Collision Center gets set to celebrate its 30th anniversary this December, its 15,000-square foot shop is packed with vehicles in the repair process with a six-week waiting period for cars to get in, said Owner John Burdolski, whose family has long been involved in the...
Whether it’s a Formula Atlantic race car, a Triumph TR4, a 1965 Mustang, or a late-model Honda, Greg Smith (l.) and David Long, owners of Santa Fe Garage, can handle all manner of services, although they specialize in wheel/tire and suspension work.
Independence, Mo.—At the town square, brave travelers throughout much of the 19th century set off for points west on the Santa Fe Trail in covered wagons and stagecoaches equipped with rough-riding wooden wheels and steel tires. Just a few blocks away and 136 years later, Santa Fe Garage...

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