Midwest

IOWA The addition of three new partner locations has brought further expansion to the Team PRP nationwide network of recyclers, broadening logistical capabilities with added locations operating in the Deep South and Midwest. “I am proud to announce the addition of three fantastic facilities to the...
St. Joseph, Mo.—In business for 31 years, Collision Repair Specialists has done what it takes to stay on top of the latest trends, processes, and equipment. The largest of the Eaton Group of Companies, it consolidated its two locations — at the north and south ends of town — into a former new-car...
Kansas City, Mo.—It used to be a lot easier checking for bad shocks and struts on a car, Jerry Singer, owner of Singer Automotive, said. “If the car bounced when you pushed the front and rear bumpers, it probably needed work.” As suspensions have improved over the year, Singer’s technique doesn’t...
Springfield, Mo.—In the collision industry, it seems there are three things one can count on: death, taxes, and the rising cost of paint and materials each year. Although insurance companies periodically raise the rates that shops can bill for paint and materials, they lag behind the increased cost...
Overland Park, Kan.—High goals and high standards set Paul Eilenberger apart. While in school, Eilenberger set the ambitious goal to own his own shop by the age of 30. He accomplished that goal at 27, with Eilenberger’s Automotive, in Overland Park, Kan., in 1996. “I had a lot help from my parents...
Kansas City, Mo.—An operational change, with some assistance from his paint supplier, was just what Eric Heinen, body shop manager at Cadillac, Buick, GMC dealership Conklin Fangman Kansas City, needed when almost overnight his department’s daily business volume more than doubled, and often tripled...
KANSAS On July 25, Craig Van Batenburg, owner of Auto Career Development Center (ACDC), led an all-day hybrid and electric vehicle training class for technicians and trainers across the Midwest. The live, on-car class, hosted by AE Tools in Olathe, focused on advanced hybrid training on all makes...
Olathe, Kan.—For the owner of a newly lifted Jeep, the honeymoon phase can be very short, said Jay Blazier, owner of Stomper Off-Road. “Everybody who lifts their Jeep, for 30 days, they’re going to have a big ol’ grin on their face, because they’re going to walk outside and they’re going to look at...
MIDWEST MULTI-REGION During the recent 2015 SkillsUSA Championships in Louisville, Ky., the following students medaled: Cory Petit, Washburn Tech, Topeka, Kan., silver — high school collision repair; and Joseph Melendez Jr., Iowa Central Community College, Fort Dodge, Iowa, bronze — college...
Lees Summit, Mo.—Jeff Knipp, owner of Summit Collision Center, started in the automotive industry as a service porter out of high school, but it wouldn’t be until facing unemployment many years later that he would find the springboard on which he’d throw himself toward ownership. “When I was...

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