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“All dealers partnered with us to show support for the independent repair facilities that they have relationships with,” said Luis A. Colón, wholesale parts manager, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
Morrison, Colo.— Mopar and Pennzoil kicked off the 37th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway, July 22-24, by announcing their sponsorship of the Top Fuel Dragster driven by Don Schumacher Racing driver Leah Pritchett. In Parts & Peoples’ August article covering the event...
The trio of owners at Denver Truck & Trailer include, from l., Les Merkel, Dan Blanchette, and Janet Richardson.  Their niche is to repair collision-damaged trucks and trailers, focusing on quick turnaround times.
Denver—When a commercial truck or trailer is down for collision repair, it costs the fleet operator both time and money, said Les Merkel, who owns Denver Truck & Trailer with partners Janet Richardson and Dan Blanchette. So no matter if a customer has five trucks or 50, the goal is to repair...
Ben Falconer (l.) placed first place in high school refinishing for the second consecutive year and Grant Kennedy placed 10th in post-secondary collision at the 2016 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.
COLORADO 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, Marine Service...
Jeremiah Curtis focuses his shop, Bodacious Diesel, on accurately and thoroughly performing modifications and repairs on Power Stroke-, Cummins-, and Duramax-powered pickup trucks.
Golden, Colo.—When Jeremiah Curtis decided to open a diesel performance shop in 2008, he wanted his mission and moniker to be unique. So he cracked open the dictionary and settled on an adjective, bodacious, that represented the bull-riding, sportsman-racing, aspiring entrepreneur. The end result...
Driver Jack Beckman speaks to onlookers as rain puts a pause on Dodge Challenger racing at the Mopar Wholesale Appreciation Night, July 21, at Bandimere Speedway.
Morrison, Colo.— Mopar and Pennzoil kicked off the 37th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway, July 22-24, by announcing their sponsorship of the Top Fuel Dragster driven by Don Schumacher Racing driver Leah Pritchett. “To have two great global corporations like Mopar and...
Capital’s James David (l.) works with the entire BASF APS team to implement process change.  With him, from l., are David Micklich, Mark Northrup, Sheila Principio, Michael Beams, Capital owner Todd Kinsel, Doug Grantham, Sara Roos, David Ball, and Bill Moore (kneeling).
Colorado Springs—A big part of Todd and Scott Kinsel’s business plan is to grow their single-line BASF distribution business, Capital Paint & Refinish, with strategic customers. So when the Texas-based Kinsel brothers and Phil Long Collision Center officials decided they wanted to work with...
With roots in Lakewood, Ralph’s Foothills Service is a family owned and operated shop and fosters a down-home approach to doing business. Tom Anderson (c.) is the shop’s second-generation owner, and his son, Tyler Anderson (far right), works at the shop as an apprentice technician. Cindy Rise, (second from l.) is Tom’s sister and came on board in 1997 as the shop’s full-time service advisor. Her son, David Lawrence, is one of four technicians.
Lakewood, Colo.—In July, Tom Anderson, owner of Ralph’s Foothills Service, will attend a 100th birthday party for a customer whom he’s known since he started working for his father at Ralph’s in 1975 while still in high school. “These types of generational customer relationships have really come to...
University Auto Parts is a family-driven business that includes (from l.) Cole Shaffer, Brenda Shaffer, Joel Pitre, Kellie Pitre and Brad Shaffer.
Broomfield, Colo.—Cole Shaffer was raised in the NAPA family – both literally and figuratively. As the co-owner and president of three family-operated NAPA stores — University Auto Parts in Boulder, Broomfield and Sterling — the “NAPA Way” of partnering with shops to make them successful was...
COLORADO The AAM Group honored Midstates Inc. as 2016 member of the year at its annual membership meeting, May 17–19, in St. Louis. AAM makes the selection based on five key metrics of member participation: active participation, growth as a percentage, marketing participation, participation in...
Grant Kennedy (l) and Ben Falconer from Aims Community College will represent Colorado for the second year in a row. Falconer finished first in the nation last year and is striving to win Nationals again.
Colorado Springs, Colo.~Thirty-five high school and post-secondary students competed in the Collision Repair Technology and Automotive Refinish divisions of the 2016 Colorado SkillsUSA competitions at Pikes Peak Community College, April 8.      The students came from six Colorado schools: Morgan...

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