by Matthew Sevart

Truck Stuff capitalizes on diesel market, custom fabrication work

Wichita, Kan.—With a business name like Truck Stuff, it certainly helps to be located in a market that is heavily saturated with trucks.

“Fifty percent of the vehicles in operation in the Wichita area are trucks,” said Jake Bolin, manager of Truck Stuff. “And if you look at any of the dealerships lots in town, their inventory reflects that.”

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 00:11
Independence, Mo.—Ten years ago, Shane Crees, owner of KC Complete Auto Service, entered the automotive industry armed with a degree in marketing from Iowa State University and the goal of taking the traditional auto repair shop to the next level in terms of customer service, technician...
Monday, September 1, 2014 - 00:11
Topeka, Kan.—Sometimes it is the little things that make a big difference in the efficiency of a body shop. Jeff Branam, general manager of Lewis Collision Center, said outlining a strategy for communication in the shop has made a world of difference. Simple things like having a request sheet...
Friday, August 1, 2014 - 00:11
Rosemont, Ill.—The automotive industry has become an environment of vigorous growth and development as it pertains to new vehicle technologies, like telematics, and the implementation of multiple fuel alternatives, such as natural gas, hydrogen, and electric drive, all of which were...
Friday, August 1, 2014 - 00:11
Rancho Cordova, Calif.—The California Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) resumed its certification process of Data Acquisition Devices (DADs) in late May, after the BAR-OBD Inspection System (OIS) was placed on a freeze in late February, in order to implement necessary updates to the OIS...
Friday, August 1, 2014 - 00:11
In-and-out service takes priority for fleet accounts Grain Valley, Mo.—Sargent Auto & Diesel is celebrating 10 years in business this year, and owner Russ Sargent, who grew up in the industry, said he had the same calling as those before him. “My mom’s dad owned a repair shop...
Friday, August 1, 2014 - 00:11
Springfield, Mo.—B.C. Forbes, the founder of Forbes Magazine, once said that “a business is like an automobile — it has to be driven in order to get results.” That’s something that Dustin Atwood has been following over the last decade, and even more so now as the...
Friday, August 1, 2014 - 00:11
Lee’s Summit, Mo.— Chris Norris, long-time general manager of Bob Sight Ford Collision Center, is on a journey of continuous improvement and advancement in every aspect of the body shop business — from changing how the shop schedules work and writes estimates, to reassessing pay...
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 00:11
Atlanta, Georgia—NAPA recently announced the launch of its all makes telematics program — NAPA AdvisR — to more than 15,000 NAPA AutoCare Centers in the U.S. Powered by Delphi Automotive’s telematics technology, NAPA AdvisR is a wireless communication tool connecting NAPA...
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 00:11
Omaha, Neb.—“Who opens your mail?” asked Tom Wortmann, a multi-shop owner (MSO) owner of InterTech Collision Centers, with seven locations across Omaha and southwest Iowa. “If you or somebody you know is looking to open a second location, this is an important questions to...
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 00:11
Hays, Kan.—Much needed rains moved through the central plains in mid-June, but in an area that is experiencing the driest conditions on record, it’s going to take a lot more to get the area agricultural industry back on track, said Don Bickle Jr., third-generation president of Warehouse...
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