Midwest

From left: Arnold Motor Supply’s Managing Partner Dennis Spooner presents Clayton Kannas and Tom Wilkinson, of WIX Filters, the 2017 Brand Engagement Award.
MIDWEST Mazda North American Operations announced the names of 123 U.S. dealerships that have been recognized with the 2017 Mazda Gold Cup award. The Gold Cup award is an exclusive designation given to a Mazda dealership for its focus and dedication to customer satisfaction and new vehicle sales....
The Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series’ Geico Off-road Shootout comes to Lucas Oil Speedway, July 21-23.
It was a soggy start to the racing season, with many tracks raining out spring dates. But the best is yet to come for many tracks, with special events and weekly racing series offering fast-paced excitement for dirt tracks, drag strips, and asphalt circle track racing.      Parts & People has...
Although the business has continually expanded since they started in 2001, Owners Danny and Linda Sosebee and Juan Garcia (right) remain hands-on.
Merriam, Kan. — As a repair shop’s business grows, industry consultants often advise its owner to transition from working in the business to working “on” the business, focusing less on day-to-day operations and turning attention to marketing and other “big picture” activities. Danny Sosebee and...
Jeremy and Erica Adams held their first National Car Care Month (NCCM) event in April and are already planning for Fall Car Care Month in October.
Liberty, Mo.—Before Jeremy Adams was announced a partner of Hunt’s Car Care of Liberty last fall, he slipped behind the scenes as a recently hired “technician” to gain an understanding of shop culture and employee attitudes, strengths and weaknesses. “It was like I became an ‘undercover boss,’” he...
Front row, left to right: City of Lenexa Mayor Michael Boehm, Kansas State Representative Linda Gallagher, Johnson County Commissioner, Michael Ashcraft, Aeromotive Founder and President Steve Matusek, State of Kansas Lieutenant Governor, Dr. Jeff Colyer, Kansas State Representative Tom Cox and Kansas State Senator, Dinah H. Sykes, Back Row: Hot Rodders of Tomorrow teams
Lenexa, KS – May 19, 2017 – Aeromotive, manufacturer of high performance fuel delivery systems and components for the automotive, marine and powersports aftermarket, celebrated the company’s 23rd anniversary last Saturday with an open house, car show, cruise-in and the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow (HROT...
From left: Dennis Spooner, Clayton Kannas, and Tom Wilkinson
GASTONIA, N.C. (May 2, 2017) – WIX® Filters, a global manufacturer of filtration products, was honored with the 2017 Brand Engagement Award by Arnold Motor Supply during the Merrill Company 90th anniversary celebration. “We are honored to receive this award from such a valued partner,” said Jeff...
Trainer Greg Marchand speaks on “Managing Your Shop Workflow” at the recent Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo.
Overland Park, Kan. — A well-run shop with optimized workflow can crank out more repair orders in the same amount of space, increasing profits, technician pay, and customer satisfaction. And by producing just one more hour per day in labor sales, a four-technician shop with a labor rate of $80 per...
ASA-Midwest held an awards ceremony in April for its Excellence in Business Award winner Rick Hughlett.
ILLINOIS Repairify, owners of the asTech device, completed its acquisition of PNR Inc. doing business as TRS Theft Replacement Services, Replace My Stuff (RMS), and The Airbag Guy. Those companies, which provide mobile electrical automotive diagnostic services in Texas, New Mexico, Maryland and...
I recently wrote a “President’s Message” article for the ASA-Midwest “The Driving Force” eNewsletter (http://tinyurl.com/k48mk5w) explaining how we leverage our training dollars by picking out four or five highlights from the recent Vision Hi-Tech Training and sharing them within the shop. The...
Jason Caley, director of operations for Max Motors’ three dealerships, doubled the size of the collision center to accommodate additional business.
Harrisonville, Mo.—In his quest for higher profits and customer satisfaction, Jason Caley, director of operations for Max Motors, a new-car domestic car line dealership with locations in Butler, Harrisonville, and Nevada, faced a difficult decision. With the collision center in Harrisonville,...

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