Midwest

Automotive Technics takes electrical training and education back to the basics

Olathe, Kan.—“You can’t diagnose what you don’t understand,” said Tom Smalldon, owner of Automotive Technics, a business specializing in the development of electrical circuit boards for training and educational purposes. For nearly 10 years, Smalldon said he has placed his focus on bringing automotive electrical/electronic education to the forefront, so technicians and vo-tech students can better understand electricity and electronics.

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...
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
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
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...
Friday, August 1, 2014 - 00:11
IOWA Jason Gingerich has been promoted to store manager for the Arnold Motor Supply auto parts store in Washington.  Gingerich has been part of the Arnold Group team for 10 years, starting his career in the automotive aftermarket in 1990 and has held a variety of positions including GM used...
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...
Friday, August 1, 2014 - 00:11
St. Charles, Mo.—With about $4 million in annual sales at his recently relocated and expanded facility, business was booming in 2008 for Tony Adams, owner of Weaver’s Auto Center, a collision and mechanical repair facility in Shawnee, Kan. But he felt that with his DRP’s concierge...
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...
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