Midwest

From left: The following reps pictured are Russell Gray, Billy Batchlear, Ted Kuehn, Shane Clark, Kevin Jones.
The Oklahoma City branch of Jasper Engines & Transmissions took home the President’s Award for 2018 at the company’s annual sales banquet January 29th. Recognized as JASPER’s top branch award, the President’s Award is based upon improvements in several sales categories.  In addition, the...
A 1953 Chevrolet 5 Window, painted by Taylor Olson, of Danner Paint & Autobody, in Joplin, Mo., is featured in Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes 2019 shop calendar.
Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes has released its 2019 shop calendar, showcasing several high quality builds including a 1953 Chevrolet 5 Window, painted by Taylor Olson, of Danner Paint & Autobody, in Joplin, Mo. The Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes 2019 Calendar is available through...
Sitting on their ’61 Cadillac couch, Owner Pat Cox (left) and Service Manager Brett Ingram offer customers a “hip feel” at KC AutoWorX.
Kansas City, Mo.—Although he might often ride inches off the ground in his LS-powered ’54 Chevy two-door sedan, Pat Cox, owner of KC AutoWorX, knows that automotive repair is not usually a fun expense. It’s one for which most people don’t budget, and worse, some may have had bad previous...
Lean production was one of the first operational improvements made in June 2015 by All Angles Collision Repair General Manager Ken Hunnell, who’s seen here with the northeast location’s color-coded production boards and disassembly cart.
Wichita, Kan.—With aggressive growth over the past few years, All Angles Collision Repair has an almost constant need to fill a large number of staff vacancies for each new location. So in late 2017, General Manager Ken Hunnell implemented a formal staff development program focused on placing...
Construction is ongoing for a new career and technology education center. The new building will be home to new classrooms and labs for various technical programs which includes automotive technology.
Overland Park, Kan.—Construction is ongoing at Johnson County Community College (JCCC) for a new career and technology education center. The automotive technology portion of the facility will feature new classrooms, labs, storage, and a 17-bay shop. Included in the install will be three Hunter...
Washington D.C.—Once again, legislation was introduced in the Missouri Legislature that seeks to repeal the state’s vehicle safety inspection program. State Rep. J. Eggleston, assistant floor leader of the House, introduced House Bill (HB) 451. Eggleston introduced similar legislation last session...
Kansas City, Kan.—How does the industry solve the problem of finding and growing its own technicians when the industry is competing directly with all technology companies, which usually have great benefits, low barriers of entry and better working conditions? MWACA is partnering with Advance...
Cloud-based shop management system “Shop4D” attending 2019 VISION Hi-Tech & Training Expo
Littleton, Colo.—The debut of Shop4D will be at the VISION Hi-Tech & Training Expo in Overland Park, Kan., March 1-2. The AI-driven Shop4D shop management system will have a real-world shop demonstration, as well as hands-on use with client service specialists displaying ease of use,...
There will be more than 20 new exhibitors at VISION HI-Tech Training and Expo. MWACA Executive Director Sheri Hamilton says the event is further ahead in booth sales compared to any other year.
Gladstone, Mo.—It will be an exciting year for the upcoming VISION Hi-Tech Training and Expo, which will feature brand new training opportunities, fresh new trainers and exhibitors, and a celebration of the formation of MWACA (Midwest Auto Care Alliance). The event will be held from Feb. 28 through...
Over the last year, Wholesale Parts Director Mike Merrifield and his team have brought in a full line of ACDelco inventory, which will be available for delivery beginning in 2019.
Omaha, Neb.—Wholesale Parts Director Mike Merrifield and his team sat down in 2012 to develop a brand-new wholesale parts delivery business model. The fact that this was something new for the Woodhouse family of dealerships was viewed as a positive instead of being seen as a hurdle they would need...

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