by Matthew Sevart

New manufacturing, limited cores lead to upgrades at Midwest

Nevada, Iowa.—Durability continues to improve on newer cars, resulting in a number of changes in the aftermarket service and repair world, particularly the machining industry, said Dean Salmons, manager of Midwest Cylinder Head & Machine. 

“We went from 100,000 miles when a car would need a rebuild, to 200,000 and now we see some engines going 300,000 on the gasoline side, so we don’t even see much of that business anymore,” Salmons said.

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 23:11
Wichita rebuilder and installer fine-tunes inventory as applications expand Wichita, Kan.— As with many businesses, what you set out to do is not always where you end up. For Chance Transmissions, it was all race transmissions in the beginning, but co-owner Jeff Long said he rarely sees a...
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 23:11
Irvine, Calif.— As the aftermarket diagnostic scan tool industry expands and new manufacturers come to market, creating a complete solution, especially from the tool functionality perspective alone, can be a challenge, said David Rich, technical director at Innova Electronics, Corp. ...
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 10:51
Leavenworth, Kan.—From an early age, Eric Vetter had a passion for working on cars. It’s why he opened Vetter’s Collision Repair in 1984, and why he still loves working on cars today. “It is all a lot more than I ever anticipated when I started out,” said Vetter, who...
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 23:11
Kansas City, Mo.—Registration will open in October for the 2015 ASA-Midwest Hi-Tech Training & Expo, and Executive Director Sheri Hamilton said the event will offer new and expanded training opportunities to meet current industry demands and recommendations from showgoers.  The four-...
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 23:11
Livonia, Mich.—Not long ago, the acronym TPMS was unfamiliar to most independent aftermarket repair shops. It was not until 2008 that all vehicles in the U.S. were federally mandated to be equipped with tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS). Those vehicles have now reached the “sweet...
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 23:11
Reeds Spring, Mo.—It has been nearly 40 years since Larry Bauer, owner of Kimberling City Tire Co., got his start in the automotive industry, pumping gas at the same shop he would become the owner of just 13 years later. “I started six months out of high school after the business was...
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 23:11
Russell, Kan.—It’s nearly all farm country throughout central Kansas, and Perry Boxberger, owner of Dean’s Auto Repair, right off I-70 about 30 miles east of Hays, said his customer base reflects the market.  Approximately 80 percent of Boxberger’s clientele is ag-...
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 23:11
Bondurant, Iowa—A couple years ago, Keith Williamson, owner of Williamson’s Repair & Tire, was ready to sell the business he had started in the small town of Bondurant in 1997. But the sale agreement he had worked out with his then-service advisor suddenly fell apart, leaving...
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 23:11
MISSOURI Automotive supplier Spartan Light Metal Products is expanding its Mexico manufacturing plant. The company is planning to add 88 new jobs and 68,000 additional square feet. The new addition will make room for the manufacturing of two new engine components for Toyota. Spartan is also...
Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 23:11
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...
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