Midwest

Gladstone, Missouri - In the interest of better serving their members, the ASA-Midwest Board of Directors announced a significant change to the organization. On Thursday, June 14, the ASA-Midwest Board and House of Delegates voted unanimously to disaffiliate with ASA National and become an...
MIDWEST 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division and the Collision Repair Education Foundation announced 33 recipients in the 2018 3M Hire Our Heroes awards. The recipients included students who have served or are currently serving in the military and their family members. They include Taylor Bozarth,...
Larry Piper, of Wamego, Kan., starts a burnout with his Top Dragster at Heartland Motorsports Park. (Photo courtesy Daryl Hurley, www.darylsphotos.com)
Whether you prefer the chest-pounding staccato of two dragsters filling the air with acrid nitro and burned rubber fumes or a pack of alcohol-fueled sprint cars throwing dirt in the air as they dive into a corner, race fans have a wide variety of events to choose from. Parts & People has...
Terri and Andrew Otto bought Otto Service from Andrew’s father, founder Alan Otto, in January 2017, and added Toyota and Lexus in July.
Kansas City, Mo.—With their expansion last July into servicing Toyota and Lexus vehicles, Andrew and Terri Otto, owners of longtime Honda/Acura specialist Otto Service, grew their customer list while also making for a slightly less harried lifestyle. There was pent-up demand for the two marques for...
Attorney Todd Tracy points to an often-overlooked safety feature he’s thus far identified in 2012-up Toyotas, the seat cushion airbag.
Kansas City, Kan.—Attorney Todd Tracy made national headlines in the trade press last fall following his victory in a $42 million lawsuit over improper collision repairs. In that lawsuit, a Honda Fit previously repaired by John Eagle Collision Center in Dallas was damaged in a subsequent collision...
Kansas Auto Body Association members at the first meeting include, from left, Jamie Leonard, Jeff Oldenettel, Ementi Coary, and Tony Adams.
Kansas City, Kan.—Kansas collision repairers have not had an organization at the state level for several years. Talk began about changing that in November and forming the Kansas Auto Body Association, said President Jeff Oldenettel, who manages two Eddy’s Body Shop locations in Wichita. The group’s...
The Kansas Auto Body Association has “opened its doors” for business.  This organization is newly founded and has its beginnings from a small group of people determined to work toward a better industry climate.  Their mission statement: To serve our members and the state of Kansas through...
Casey Lund is named among Ingram’s Magazine 40 Under Forty.
MIDWEST CARSTAR Glenn’s Auto Body was voted one of the top three winners in the 2018 Lincoln’s Choice Awards, held annually in Lincoln, Neb. The Lincoln Journal Star unveiled the top three local businesses in each category in the March 25 edition. Glenn’s CARSTAR received second place in the...
St. Louis Chapter of ASA-Midwest President Doug Jacquot shares his experiences and his path from tech school to shop ownership.
St. Louis—The St. Louis Chapter of ASA-Midwest held its second annual Automotive Career Panel and Dinner at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park. The event was mainly for students seeking a career in the automotive service industry and was an introduction to local independent shop owners and...
From left: Original One Parts COO Dean Cerimeli, Original One Parts Chief of Staff Stephanie Hilburn, and Original One Parts Head of Engineering Sean Higgs were on hand for the St. Louis facility tour.
St. Louis—Original One Parts has been expanding its St. Louis facility. It also has distribution centers that are scheduled to open around the country this year. Original One Parts partnered with AASP-MO to provide a dinner and tour of its St. Louis facility recently, where collision shop owners,...

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