Midwest

Leavenworth shop owner invests in new staff, equipment and turns over management reins

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 launched his business in a small shop, before buying property in 1991 and building a 3,000-square-foot facility. Vetter has since added on twice, tripling the shop’s original size.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 00:11
Curt Bacon focuses on quality control, training and equipment investments  Fort Dodge, Iowa—Whether it be from his experience working on an assembly line at the Iowa Beef plant in his home town of Fort Dodge, or working 1,600 feet underground in a Wyoming ash mine, Curt Bacon knows the...
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 00:11
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...
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 00:11
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-...
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 00:11
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-...
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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...
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 00:11
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...
Monday, September 1, 2014 - 00:11
Iowa On July 1, Ed Shoemaker took over as the new parts manager for Jaguar, Land Rover, and Volvo at Willis Auto Campus in Des Moines. Shoemaker was previously the parts manager at Des Moines Imports. North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) in Mason City raised private funds to match a grant from...
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
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...
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...
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