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.Four salvage vehicles were donated by State Farm for fire fighters to practice “cutting” techniques at   CARSTAR Don & Ron’s. Towing was donated by Young’s Towing and Insurance Auto Auctions.

Midwest People & Places - April 2018


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 Emergency Extrication program (F.R.E.E.) event. More than 30 firefighters from Omaha, Ralston, Boys Town, Council Bluffs and Emerson, Iowa, attended the training. The strength of this program is the opportunity to practice “cutting” late model vehicles. Salvage cars were donated so first responders can get a chance to practice “cutting” vehicles in a controlled and safe environment. F.R.E.E. keeps first responders abreast of the rapid changes in vehicle design. High-strength steel, airbags, advanced restraint systems and safety around alternative fuel vehicles are all covered in the training.

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