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February 2015 - River Valley People & Places

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CARSTAR added Russ Nolting, of Springfield, Ill., as its newest area director of operations for the greater St. Louis area. Nolting will be responsible for providing consulting support for stores from an operating, financial, insurance and purchasing perspective, and delivering the CARSTAR EDGE Performance Program. Nolting started his career with Progressive Insurance and has more than 20 years of insurance and collision experience.

Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 00:11
Festus, Mo.—Each of the multiple posters adorning the walls of the “clean area” at Manns Restoration depicts a Concours d ‘Elegance event for which the shop has painstakingly returned a car to a level exceeding even its previous grandeur. It’s the most demanding level...
Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 00:11
Belleville, Ill.—Like many young men, working on cars was just a hobby for Paul Stock, who owns Stock’s Underhood Specialists, a NAPA AutoCare Center. Stock’s love of cars didn’t seem like a career path at first, he said, so he became an architectural engineer and got a job...
Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 00:11
Fenton, Mo.—Like many owners of automotive repair shops, Al Bast had grown a successful business after starting his career as a technician. But after his cancer diagnosis in 2000 and untimely death in 2002, the foundation he had laid in 1981 for the successful nine-bay shop had started to...
Thursday, January 1, 2015 - 00:11
MISSOURI Car-Doc Automotive is moving up the street from its home of 25 years to 11738 Administration Drive in St. Louis. Owner Mark Schenberg built a new facility after buying the property and tearing down an older garage. The new building includes 12 lifts and four customer receiving lanes,...
Thursday, January 1, 2015 - 00:11
Chesterfield, Mo.—A focus on OEM certifications, including aluminum-repair programs, is increasingly driving business to Car Craft CARSTAR since the company parted ways with some of its DRP partners in April 2013, Vice President Garry Goddard said. “We had some key insurance partners...
Thursday, January 1, 2015 - 00:11
AAA, NAPA affiliations help capture business at Autotech Auto Center O’Fallon, Mo.—As the automotive repair business has grown more complex, it’s become more important than ever for a shop owner to be not just a competent technician but a savvy businessperson, said Greg Kinder,...
Monday, December 1, 2014 - 10:30
Normal, Ill.—Honest. Shrewd. Technically competent. Those are the qualities that have helped Darrell Gentry, 55, prosper as the owner of Baird’s Auto Care. “We’ve been taking our cars to Baird’s for repairs for about the last 20 years,” said Katrina Mitchell, a...
Monday, December 1, 2014 - 10:30
Affton, Mo.—The small community of Affton is filled with local landmarks dating back to the 19th century just as St. Louis was beginning to take shape. Most notable is the home of former U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant, built in 1848. A landmark in the community now, the log cabin exists...
Monday, December 1, 2014 - 10:30
Jefferson City, Mo.—Like many successful collision repair shop owners, Chris Russell, who owns two Xtreme Body and Paint locations with his wife, Liz, started in the business as a technician before striking out on his own in 2003. His business has grown by leaps and bounds since he opened...
Monday, December 1, 2014 - 10:30
INDIANA CARSTAR Liss Auto Body, of Crown Point, raised $22,232 for Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana – Indiana Region at their annual golf tournament. The event hosted at White Hawk Country Club in Crown Point had 156 golf participants and numerous hole sponsors.  ...
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