Midwest People & Places - January 2018
Three Midwesterners were among 47 automotive professionals recognized in November at the Fall Board of Governors meeting of the ASE in San Diego. Brian Stevens, of Truck Center Companies Omaha, in Gretna, Neb., is the Freightliner/Western Star/ASE Master M/H Truck Technician of the Year; Pronto Smart Choice/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year is Kevin Fraser, of S & R Auto and Tire, in Estherville, Iowa; and Jordan Cox, of O’Halloran International, in Altoona, Iowa, is the Navistar/ASE Parts Specialist of the Year. The annual awards banquet spotlights top scorers on the ASE Certification Tests. In addition to looking for top scores on ASE tests, award sponsors examine on-the-job excellence, community service and other factors when selecting honorees.
Eddie’s Rod and Customs, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was a BASF Battle of the Builders Top 12 Finalist for its 1963 Chevrolet Corvette, featuring BASF Glasurit 90 Line, at the recent 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. “Partnering with these incredibly talented builders allows us to share in their excitement every time their vehicles are recognized with so many prestigious awards,” said BASF North American Marketing Director Dan Bihlmeyer. “The acknowledgment highlights their extraordinary skills and BASFs superior paint products.”
The Iowa Collision Repair Association (ICRA) 2018 Midwest Auto Body Trade Show will be Feb. 16-17, at Prairie Meadows, in Altoona, Iowa. Texas Attorney Todd Tracy, who won the $42 million lawsuit due to improper repairs, will be the keynote speaker. Collision repairers will have the opportunity to meet students for potential hiring opportunities and educational sessions will focus on “Proper repairs,” “Liability In Your Shop,” “Calibration Hands On Demonstration” and more. There will also be a community college refinish contest and trade show. For more information, visit iowacra.com/2018-tradeshow/
Avis Budget Group said it has launched its first fleet of cars in the Kansas City, Mo., area that are fully connected to the internet, other vehicles, and to the car rental company via wireless technology as it seeks to enhance its fleet-management services, Reuters reports. Bob Bennett, the chief innovation officer for Kansas City, said Avis’ connected car fleet will augment the city’s wireless network covering 54 contiguous blocks, providing data to enhance its traffic flow models, according to the news service.