Midwest

Colin Harris is a Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper Technician of the Year finalists.
MIDWEST Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper announced that Colin Harris, of Highway 7 Service Center in Newall, Iowa, is among 13 Technician of the Year finalists. The shareholder member for Harris is The Merrill Company. They will take a custom-tailored Automotive Service Excellence test to determine...
Office Manager Sam Long uses the Mitchell Diagnostics MD350 scan tool to run a pre-scan, saving the shop cycle time.
Waukee, Iowa—The adage, “Time is money,” is never more true than in the collision repair world. Olson’s Body & Paint strives to provide “timely services that keep you on the road,” so its addition about a year ago of the Mitchell Diagnostics MD350 scan tool has improved cycle time by keeping...
Marketing Manager Chris Ripper shows a popular combo: a 37x13.50x22 Fury Country Hunter, mounted on an RBP wheel, in the showroom of Chux Trux’s 18,000-square-foot headquarters.
Independence, Mo.—Customizers, fabricators, racers, and aftermarket companies come together each year to the world’s center stage of the SEMA Show, Oct. 30-Nov. 2, in Las Vegas, to showcase their talents and latest products for classic hot rods and the latest models from the showroom floor. And...
Kirksville, Mo.—Brad Buck owner of The Collision Company, won his lawsuit against GEICO for more than $7,000 in unpaid repair costs in Adair County Circuit Court, July 31. Their insured’s car had rear-ended Buck’s customer’s 2016 C-Max, with Buck’s repair estimate for $13,409.66. GEICO had...
JOPLIN, Mo. – August 13, 2018 – ZAF Energy Systems Inc. (ZAF), a developer of next-generation battery technology, announced today that it has received $300,000, the first installment of a $600,000 investment from Missouri’s Department of Economic Development (DED) fund as part of the state’s...
Steve Schmalzried has retired from Southwestern Community College.
MIDWEST Michael Callison Jr. has been promoted to COO of Midwest Wheel Companies in Des Moines, Iowa. Reporting to John Minor, president and CEO, Callison joined the Midwest Wheel team more than 10 years ago and is the fifth generation of his family to hold a leadership role in Midwest Wheel...
SC Diesel Repair & Performance Owner Evan Schuster (right) with, from left, technicians Evan Breheim and Jordan Brown, show off the block for a 6.7-L Cummins the shop is building to 1,200 HP for a street/strip shortbed Dodge.
Boonville, Mo.—Sometimes you can have your cake and eat it, too. Those accustomed to pumping up gasoline engines’ output are aware of how, as performance goes up, reliability and fuel economy often go down. But owners of diesel light trucks needing major engine repairs can get better fuel economy...
Shops can please a fleet manager by listening more and talking less, says ICS Collision Center Owner James Wilson II. (Photos By Monica Barton)
Derby, Kan.—A fleet can be demanding, requiring not only quick, quality repairs but also flexibility and creativity. “It’s like ‘Sales 101’: they say you have two ears and one mouth, and you should use them proportionately,” said James Wilson II, who owns ICS Collision Center with his wife, Tera,...
Jim O’Halloran (left), dealer principal of O’Halloran International, hosts Congressman David Young (R-Iowa) at the dealership.
The Collision Repair Education Foundation and the National Auto Body Council (NABC) have announced the recipient of the Chuck Sulkala NABC Appreciation Scholarship. The Sulkala scholarship program honors NABC founder and longtime executive director Chuck Sulkala who retired earlier this year....
From left are Ethan Rose, sales; Craig Dawes, sales; Robert Rasor, sales; Co-owner/bookkeeper Scott Rose; Mike Brown, sales; Co-owner Keith Rose, and Dennis Conner, sales.
Hutchinson, Kan.—After almost a century of serving the community, Rose Motor Supply has built a reputation as the go-to place when one needs a little more assistance or a hard-to-find part than a chain auto parts store provides, Keith Rose said. “With us being outside a metro area, there is a large...

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