Midwest

Before each vehicle goes into production, Jeff Oldenettel says Quality Control Researcher Elaine Morrow researches OEM information for each repair.
Wichita, Kan.—Jeff Oldenettel had a busy year in 2018. As collision services team leader of Eddy’s Body Shop, he manages 30 employees in two locations, which serve 10 storefronts in the Eddy’s and Steven dealership groups. He also helped lead the effort to form the Kansas Auto Body Association (...
Technician John Gengel of Bellevue Tires & Auto Service won Gates/ASE Master Automobile & L1 Technician of the Year award.
MIDWEST Technician John Gengel of Bellevue Tires & Auto Service has won the Gates/ASE Master Automobile & L1 Technician of the Year award. Overall, 52 automotive professionals were recently recognized at the Fall Board of Governors meeting of ASE in Florida. The annual awards banquet...
Community Wholesale Tire, which distributes tires to dealers in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, opened a new 77,000 square foot warehouse in Peoria, Illinois on Monday, 12/3/18.  The company currently operates warehouses in Kansas City,...
The 17th Annual Race for Automotive Education is planned for January 8, 9 & 10, 2019 at ProKart Indoor Racing, Burnsville, MN.  The event serves as the primary fundraiser for the AASP-MN Automotive Education Fund, which provides financial resources to support automotive students, enhance...
CTI’s Chris Chesney spoke to a crowd of more than 100 students and parents about career opportunities in the aftermarket.
Lincoln, Neb.— Southeast Community College along with MWACA-Lincoln Chapter and the CARQUEST Technical Institute (CTI) hosted a career expo that focused on high school students who might be pursuing careers in the automotive field. The students in attendance were from three Lincoln-area high...
Barry Dunkin retired as sales manager with Meyers Brothers Kansas City
MIDWEST Barry Dunkin retired as sales manager with Meyers Brothers Kansas City after 21 years with the company. Dunkin previously worked for Hunter Engineering as a sales representative from 1986 to 1997. Taking over the role of sales manager will be Joel Ecton. Ecton can be reached at joel@...
Eveland Bros. President Bill (right) and Vice President Mark Eveland were early adopters of OEM certification programs, dating back to 2004.
Shawnee Mission, Kan.—Three years ago, General Motors CEO Mary Barra predicted that because of advanced complexity, the automotive industry would change more in the next five to 10 years than it has in the last 50. For Bill Eveland, president of Eveland Bros. Collision Repair Center, that...
Justin Calhoun bought Custom Automotive Care in 2014 after working for the previous owner as a technician for eight years.
Lincoln, Neb.— When his available diesel testing equipment just didn’t cut it, Justin Calhoun took matters into his own hands. “We have been getting more and more diesels in for repair here recently and we had a leak somewhere in the system on a 6.0 Ford,” explained Calhoun, owner of Custom...
MWACA Executive Director of MWACA Sheri Hamilton addresses those in attendance for the recent kickoff of the SE Iowa chapter, held at Pizza Ranch in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.
MWACA kicked off its new SE Iowa Chapter with an industry roundtable event, which was held at Pizza Ranch in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, with about 20 in attendance. MWACA Executive Director Sheri Hamilton was on hand as potential members discussed the upcoming Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo as well as...
CHARLOTTE (November 12, 2018) — The keys to a Dodge Journey were given to the Salvation Army during their annual Tree of Lights Kickoff last Thursday night in Omaha, NE, thanks to the local CARSTAR owners, State Farm, Baxter Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Keystone, among others, in conjunction with...

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