Midwest

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
KANSAS This spring, Mitchell International recognized four CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts stores as recipients of the 2013 AutocheX Solution Premier Achiever Awards. Repair shops of all sizes were recipients of the Premier Achiever Award this year, including Walt’s Autobody CARSTAR in...
Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 00:11
The 2014 racing season is upon us in the Midwest. With Stock Cars, Warriors, Modifieds, Hornets, Late Models, and more all taking to the tracks again, this year promises to deliver excitement for the whole family. Parts & People has compiled a list of popular tracks throughout Iowa, Kansas,...
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...
Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 00:11
Pella, Iowa—Like many of his peers, Bruce Van Sant, owner of Van Sant Collision Repair, started in business with a vague idea of his profitability; if there was money in the checking account at the end of the week, all was well. But as his business has grown, he said he’s been able to...
Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 00:11
IOWA Automotive Parts Associates (APA) recently sent the winner of the Professionals’ Choice Auto Parts Win Place Show promotion to the Kentucky Derby. From January through March, APA’s shareholders ran the Win Place Show Promotion at their locations across North America. The grand...
Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 00:11
Kearney Tire & Auto’s new owners emphasize on-going training and raising new talent Kearney, Neb.—Last year, after more than 20 years at Kearney Auto & Tire Service, Don Jaeschke and his wife, Ronda, purchased the business from Marvin and Carol Dawes, who opened the shop in 1979...
Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 00:11
Wichita, Kan.—In 2005 when Mel Morris opened Ausmor — a manufacturer and distributor of OE-quality aftermarket drivetrain and undercar products — he said he was simply filling a void in the market, and doing so with the technician in mind. The concept, Morris said, was to develop...
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