by Matthew Sevart

Omaha-based body shop adds two more locations and increases efficiencies

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 ask.”

A shop owner’s response says a lot about whether or not he or she is cut out to be an MSO, he said.

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...
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 00:11
Grain Valley NAPA AutoCare Center adds technicians, invests in diagnostic tools and equipment Grain Valley, Mo.—It’s been three years since Greg Wheeler, a veteran technician, and Bill Cooney, a longtime service advisor, opened Eagle Valley Automotive, a NAPA Auto CareCenter 30 miles...
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 00:11
Sonoma, Calif.—During the recent ToolTech event hosted by the Equipment & Tool Institute (ETI), attendees had the opportunity to gain some OEM perspective, as a panel of eight OEM representatives from seven different automakers offered insight on topics such as Right to Repair and the...
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...
Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 00:11
Ontario, Calif.—As the functionality and sophistication of professional aftermarket scan tools continues to increase in quality across the board from one manufacturer to another, Harlan Siegel, vice president of diagnostics for Launch Tech USA, said their focus has shifted from basic...
Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 00:11
Santa Rosa, Calif.—With nearly 40 years of experience in the automotive industry, Jim Dadaos, co-owner of Tristar Automotive, said he has seen his fair share of change, but over the last decade, the rate of change has increased exponentially. To keep pace, Dadaos and his partners, Ron Parola...
Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 00:11
ETI ToolTech stages discussions on the connected car and access to vehicle information Sonoma, Calif.— More than 130 professionals from over 40 companies and four major associations converged on wine country for the Equipment & Tool Institute’s annual ToolTech event, April 28-May 1...
Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 00:11
South Central Diesel capitalizes on Bosch Common Rail reman system; plans for drive-in service bay expansion Holdrege, Neb.—The diesel truck market has experienced a steady uptick over the last decade — good news for South Central Diesel, which specializes in rebuilding traditional...
Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 00:11
Kansas City, Mo.—When GM sold SAAB and discontinued new car sales in the U.S., most aftermarket repair shops didn’t miss a beat, especially throughout the Midwest, where the SAAB market is marginal. Brad Schaffner, owner of George’s Imports, was the exception: the news changed the...
Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 00:11
Seattle, Wash.—The Spring 2014 General Meeting of the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF), hosted by the Automotive Service Association (ASA) Northwest Chapter, was held recently in advance of the chapter’s annual Automotive Training Expo (ATE) at the Double Tree Hotel in...
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