Midwest

Shop built on reputation offers dealership alternative

Raytown, Mo.—Rick Stangl built his business on reputation. Word-of-mouth traveled quickly around South Kansas City, so much so that Stangl turned his weekend wrenching into a full-time job in 1980, opening Rick’s Auto Clinic. He started by working on the cars of family and friends, and wound up building a loyal customer base that would follow him for decades. A makeshift shop underneath a carport is where Stangl’s oldest son, Shawn, started learning about the family business.

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 23:11
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...
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
KANSAS Avenue Link announced its new automobile loan lead generation solution. Avenue Link is an online marketing company that specializes in the financial services and automotive industries. The company uses a multi-pronged approach of e-mail marketing, pay-per-click advertising and affiliate...
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
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...
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
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
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...
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