Midwest

ILLINOIS Dennis Thompson, chairman and CEO of Thompson Truck & Trailer, Inc., with locations in Iowa and Illinois, is one of five nominees for Truck Dealer of the Year, an annual award presented by the American Truck Dealers (ATD), Heavy Duty Trucking magazine and Procede Software. The winner...
Leading technicians Bogi Lateiner and Donny Seyfer took turns performing demonstrations on MAHLE Service Solutions’ new TechPRO® diagnostic scan tool as Expo attendees Morgan Wells and Mike Kumika, both of Minneapolis, looked on. Lateiner and Seyfer did demonstrations at the MAHLE booth on Friday and Saturday during the 2016 VISION Hi-Tech Training & Expo in Overland Park, Kan., March 3-6.   (Photo by Betta Ferrendelli)
Overland Park Kan. – MAHLE Service Solutions showcased its new TechPRO® diagnostic scan tool during the 2016 VISION Hi-Tech Training & Expo in Overland Park, Kan., March 3-6. Leading technicians Bogi Lateiner and Donny Seyfer took turns performing demonstrations, Friday and Saturday. Bogi, an...
Automotive Test Solutions has changed its colors from yellow to a bright blue, which was a success – especially at the Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo in Overland Park, Kan., last month, where ATS won the award for best booth under 300 square feet. From (l) Ron Haugen, Lynnie Thompson, Chip Severance and Kristin Pederson.
Overland Park, Kan. — When the new year rolled around, Automotive Test Solutions (ATS) in Albuquerque, N.M. decided after 15 years that it was time to unveil a new look for its company’s trade show appearance.      The change from yellow to a bright blue was apparently a success – especially at the...
Northwest Kansas Technical College collision repair instructors Randy(l.) Selbe and Billy Morris work together in teaching their first- and second-year students. Selbe and Morris started last September to help the collision repair program get updated with some of the latest tools, equipment, products, and procedures.
Goodland, Kan. - One day last summer Brenda Chatfield, interim president of Northwest Kansas Technical College (NWKTC), asked Randy Selbe a question. “She asked if I would be interested in a job with the college,” said Selbe, who was working at Goodland Machine and Auto in Goodland at the time, and...
Ralph Defibaugh, owner of Benchmark Consulting Services, speaks to D&R Auto Paint & Supply customers on “Managing Business in the 21st Century.”
Omaha, Neb. — “Competition improves the breed,” or so the saying goes. And if his prediction is correct, Omaha-area collision repair shops may want to brace for the arrival of some strong competition in the form of national multi-shop operators (MSOs), said Ron Stazzoni, owner of PPG Platinum...
Winners of $1,000 scholarships this year awarded at Vision included, from l., Michelle Dorrance, Cheyenne Merchant, Anthony Kelley, and Austin Bentley.
Overland Park, Kan.— As a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force, Major Anthony “AB” Bourke learned the impact a debriefing session could make on an organization, where for every mission, there was a briefing to prepare; the flight; and a debriefing session where no one—including superior...
McCarthy Auto Group's collision center managers have reaped the benefits of converting to lean production. From l. are Kansas City-area managers Jim Finn, Aaron Linhardt, Clayton Horrocks, and Collision Center Office Manager Bonnie Smith, who has worked at the shop since it opened in 1999.
Olathe, Kan. — Collision repair can be a stressful business: for the vehicle owner, who’s often experienced a traumatic event; for estimators, shop owners, and managers, who must manage multiple insurance company relationships and their unique requirements; and for the technician, who must adapt to...
Automotive Recycling Association (ARA) President Mike Swift, owner of Swift’s Trails End in Des Monies, says it’s imperative for recyclers to have OEM recall data and build sheets.
Cabela’s and Ram Trucks Partnership Announced Sidney, Neb.– Cabela’s and Ram Trucks announced today the two companies have entered into a partnership that has made Ram Trucks the official truck of Cabela’s. Under this partnership, Cabela’s and Ram Trucks will co-sponsor events, giveaways, contests...
Dave Everman (l.) bought En-Tire Car Care Center in Gardner, Kan., in July, and is assisted by Manager Jeff Sapp, who has been at the shop since its 2007 opening.
Gardner, Kan. — As Neil Wakefield was looking to retire and sell his two En-Tire Car Care Centers in Gardner and Lawrence, Dave Everman, who was a technician at Olathe Ford, was feeling the aches and pains from being a technician all of his life and was looking to transition to shop ownership...
Trick Tools Owner Bruce Van Sant said the company focuses on high-quality specialty metal fabrication tools such as this MetalAce 28F Imperial English Wheel. One of the company’s flagship English wheels, the 44F model, sits unfinished in the background at the company’s 25,000-square-foot warehouse.
Pella, Iowa — It’s a piece of equipment that harkens back to old-world coachbuilders, requiring a craftsman to methodically pull a piece of metal between polished wheels attached to a large, sturdy frame. With successive motion and increasing tension on the wheels, what was just a flat piece of...

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