Midwest

CHARLOTTE (April 2, 2018) – CARSTAR Glenn’sAuto Body was voted one of the top three winners in the 2018 Lincoln’s Choice Awards, held annually in Lincoln, NE.  The Lincoln Journal Star unveiled the top three local businesses in each category in the March 25th edition. Glenn’s CARSTAR received...
Vision Co-chair Ron Haugen, owner of Westside Auto Pros, said there were 500 first-time attendees at this year’s Vision.
Overland Park, Kan.—Vision’s Conference Breakfast featured a Saturday breakfast, numerous speakers, guest speaker Jon Gordon and fun facts:    •   42 states represented  •   Seven Canadian Provinces  •   Attendees from St. Martin and Zimbabwe  •   500 first-time attendees.    ASA-Midwest President...
In his keynote address, Chris Chesney urges shops to move to a mentorship structure to attract and retain bright technicians.
Overland Park, Kan.—With more computing power than the latest fighter jet, some of today’s vehicles more closely resemble “complex data networks with four wheels,” said Chris Chesney, senior director of customer training at Advance Auto Parts-CARQUEST Technical Institute, at the Vision Hi-Tech...
The “Shop of the Future” panelists discussed how and why shop owners must prepare for a near future that includes specialization and fewer traditional repairs.
Overland Park, Kan.—As the pace of changing technology continues to quicken, the Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo, now in its 26th year, continues to draw technicians, service advisors, and shop owners for top-notch technical and management training. This year’s event, March 1-4, in Overland Park...
Bob Sight Collision Center Manager Jared Nicholson says a “hybrid lean” production system has bumped up productivity and reduced stress.
Lee’s Summit, Mo.—For Jared Nicholson, manager of Bob Sight Ford Collision Center, “opportunity lies where there are issues.” Tackling some of those challenges head-on, he said, has helped the operation run like a well-oiled machine, with much less stress, to boot. The shop employs what he terms a...
Original One Parts Sales Representative Ryan Collins explains to a booth visitor how each part is VIN-verified and validated for form, fit, and function.
MIDWEST More than 500 attended the Iowa Collision Repair Association’s eighth annual Midwest Auto Body Trade Show, Feb. 16-17, at the Prairie Meadows Casino and Hotel in Altoona. There were 46 exhibitors at this year’s Expo. CARSTAR Don & Ron’s, of Omaha, Neb., recently hosted a First Responder...
(Warrensburg, MO) - Hired to the position of eMarketing Coordinator, Jill Szoo Wilson is the newest member of the award winning business team at Warrensburg Collision.  Recognized most notably for her eight-year stint as Kansas City’s, “Price Chopper Girl,” Jill brings her on-camera skillset and...
CHARLOTTE, NC (March 15, 2018) —In crashes where minutes can spell the difference between life and death, first responders to the accident scene need up-to-date training so they can act quickly and safely! Keeping fire fighters abreast on the latest new technology in vehicles is a challenge for the...
Washington D.C.—The Missouri House Transportation Committee held a hearing in February to address House Bill (HB) 1444. HB 1444 would repeal Missouri’s vehicle safety inspection program. During the hearing, proponents of HB 1444 cited consumer expense and overall inconvenience as justification for...
MIDWEST Two license plate bills have been introduced in the South Dakota House of Representatives. The first bill would increase the mileage limitation from 6,000 to 9,000 miles per year for special-interest vehicles and permit the vehicles to have personalized plates. A second bill would allow...

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