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Morfit says finding good people and keeping them has been vital to the shop’s success. Arvada Auto’s five technicians and Zack Endicott, shop manager, continue to work honestly and efficiently, which has led to the best four years the shop has seen in 20, Morfit says.
Arvada, Colo.-A few times a month, Ken Morfit, owner of Arvada Auto Center, parks across the street from his shop to look at it from the perspective of what his customers see. “It’s easy to forget what your customers actually see,” he said. “Most owners park in the back, come in through the shop...
Joe Qualls, owner of Color On Wheels, has the ability to perform most hot-rod building in-house, from concept to paint, allowing him to easily control quality.
Denver--Unlike a typical body shop owner, Joe Qualls measures his car counts not by the month, but the year.  That’s because his mainstay business, Color On Wheels, focuses on hot rod and restomod projects that extend well beyond 12 months.      Qualls said he does, however, often find himself...
Jim Svigel Jr. plans to shutter his 85-year-old family business, Svigel’s Auto Parts Inc., liquidating a one-of-a-kind inventory of NOS, RNOS, and used vintage and classic car parts.  The majority of the inventory has been stored indoors at the same location since 1959.
Englewood, Colo.—For more than eight decades, four generations of the Svigel family have been buying and selling new and used auto parts in Colorado. During that span, the Austrian family name has become synonymous with hard-to-find used, new old stock (NOS), and replacement new old stock (RNOS)...
The AAM Group’s custom-built NSF1 Jeep Unlimited was on display at Midstates Inc. in Englewood, Colo., in December. The NSF1 will be donated to the Navy SEAL Foundation at The AAM Group general meeting in May, Midstates Inc. General Manager Brett Corning said.
Englewood, Colo.—In December, Midstates Inc., a wholesale distributor of automotive, truck, and SUV performance parts and accessories, hosted The Automotive Accessories Marketing (AAM) Group’s custom 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, dubbed the Navy SEAL Foundation One (NSF1). The custom Jeep will be...
From l., Cerena Rose, David Gonzales and Kolleen Torres are part of the staff at One Stop Parts Source’s new Aurora warehouse.
COLORADO ASA-CO will host its Independent Automotive Professionals Symposium, Feb. 12-13, at the Denver Marriott West in Golden. The two-day event offers 10 management and technical training courses for service advisors, owners, and entry-level to advanced technicians. This year’s featured keynote...
After careful planning, John Stonum, owner of Stonum Automotive, a NAPA AutoCare Center, is enjoying the benefits of operating in a newly built shop.
Longmont, Colo.—When Stonum Automotive could no longer accommodate increasing car counts, owner John Stonum said he sought advice about relocation from fellow shop owners, most of whom recommended finding an existing building rather than constructing one. In the end, though, he had no choice but to...
Bogi Lateiner, of 180 Degrees Automotive and star of TV series “All Girls Garage,” will present keynote address.
Broomfield, Colo.—ASA-CO’s annual Independent Automotive Professionals Symposium will be Feb. 12-13, at the Denver Marriott West, in Golden, Colo. The two-day event offers 10 management and technical training courses for service advisors, owners, and entry-level to advanced technicians. This year’s...
Co-owners and sisters Adrienne Pietrafeso and Vicki Simmons celebrated JM Auto Service’s 50th anniversary last year. They say they learned to persist and diversify from their late parents, Jim and Trudy Mazzo, and now offer mechanical, collision and towing services.
Aurora, Colo.—Adrienne Pietrafeso, co-owner of JM Auto Service and Collision Center with her sister, Vicki Simmons, said it’s taken unmitigated persistence at times to remain in business for 50 years, a milestone the company reached in 2015. Started in 1965 by their late parents, Jim and Trudy...
Denver-based Western Automotive Warehouse Distributor (WAWD) owners Rob Johnston (l.) and Rick Yancey (r.) meet with Momentum USA Inc.’s Skip Carroll, director of engineering and production development (second from l.) and Bruce Mardar, vice president of sales.  They inspect an AmeriPRO premium brake bad that will debut in 2016.
SEMA attendance was reported to be more than 100,000 this year and occupied one million net square feet.
Adam and Sarah Vowell are the newest Colorado franchisees for Christian Brothers Automotive. They opened their Parker shop in August after relocating from Houston.
Houston—Back in 2008, Texas-based Christian Brothers Automotive officials had an interest in expanding their repair-shop franchise base to Denver, predicting a continued population increase for the largest city in the Rocky Mountain region. As it turns out, their market analysis was accurate:...

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