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CHARLOTTE (March 15, 2017) – Driving continued performance improvements across North America’s largest MSO network requires strategic planning, constant communication and dedication to the details by corporate team members and franchisees alike. To drive that through the organization and continue...
Ranken collision repair students practice on donated vehicles and body panels to perfect their body repair skills. The school has a job fair, March 9. (Photo by Brian Moore)
KENTUCKY Registration and tickets are available for the 2017 Chevrolet Performance CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals, July 21-23, at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green. It will be the first year the annual automotive event will be held in Bowling Green. It presents a gathering of street machines and...
The MaxiSys MS906 features an eight-inch HD touch screen.
Overland Park, Kan.—Shop owners and technicians looking to try out the latest in automotive tools and equipment will have the opportunity at the upcoming ASA Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo, March 2-5, at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kan. The 60,000 square-foot exhibit...
With the aid of his wife, Kim, who manages the office, Troyz Auto Body Owner Troy Spenard runs most aspects of the shop, from estimating to structural repair, bodywork, and painting, typically working on three or four jobs at a time.
Warrenton, Mo.—Even though large, high-production, DRP-driven MSO shops are the trend, industry experts acknowledge there is a place for other successful business models. Troy Spenard, owner of Troyz Auto Body, has a niche in delivering customized, personal service and quality at a slightly slower...
Owner Gary Hensley credits his success as a shop owner to corporate partnerships and national affiliations. Christian Brothers is a NAPA Auto Care Center and is the only AAA shop in Arnold, Mo., he says.
Arnold, Mo.—As someone from outside the industry, Gary Hensley and his wife, Robyn, saw an opportunity to serve a need for a quality and trusted service and repair shop in 2009 in Arnold, Mo. Through a series of events, they were guided to Christian Brothers Automotive and a host of industry...
Rolla, Mo.—Collision repair teachers are invited to the next meeting of the Missouri Collision Repair Instructors Association, where it will host an I-CAR PDP workshop at Rolla Technical Institute on February 24 at 9:30 a.m. Collision repair instructors can download the current I-CAR Professional...
Owners Frank Mudro III (left) and Caleb Schriewer opened Full Service Automotive together. “Frank and I were both young and ambitious and wanted to make a name for ourselves as business owners. In 2013, we decided it was time to take our shot,” Schriewer says.
St. Louis—Full Service Automotive, in South St. Louis County, is a high-volume repair facility tucked away on a dead-end road. With a location off of the beaten path, owner Frank Mudro and business partner Caleb Schriewer had to make use of the fact that they were in a commercial and industrial...
Classic cars updated with modern performance are a focus of full builds at Classic Car Studio, says President Noah J. Alexander. It will display its recent build, a ’55 Chevy Nomad named “Gone Mad,” at the Detroit Autorama in February.
Brentwood, Mo.—Sitting four inches off the ground and draped over a road-hugging Roadster Shop Revo chassis with meaty 335/35/20 rear tires, “Gone Mad” still retains the timeless “shoebox” look that first hit the streets more than 60 years ago. But underneath its flawless skin, finished in a two-...
Hoffman Estates, Ill.—The St. Louis I-CAR Committees awarded six schools with $25,000 in school grants at the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s annual reception at SEMA. The schools applied for the Education Foundation’s 2016 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grant and the funds...
Julie and Brad Zara (far right) present the Doenation check to board and staff members of Contact Ministries in Springfield, Ill., in January.
ILLINOIS/INDIANA/MISSOURI Area 30 Career Center, Greencastle, Ind., received a $5,000 grant, and Kennedy King College, in Chicago, received a $1,000 grant, as a Collision Repair Education Foundation’s 2016 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grant winner. It was announced at the...

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