Midwest

Lean production was one of the first operational improvements made in June 2015 by All Angles Collision Repair General Manager Ken Hunnell, who’s seen here with the northeast location’s color-coded production boards and disassembly cart.
Wichita, Kan.—With aggressive growth over the past few years, All Angles Collision Repair has an almost constant need to fill a large number of staff vacancies for each new location. So in late 2017, General Manager Ken Hunnell implemented a formal staff development program focused on placing...
Construction is ongoing for a new career and technology education center. The new building will be home to new classrooms and labs for various technical programs which includes automotive technology.
Overland Park, Kan.—Construction is ongoing at Johnson County Community College (JCCC) for a new career and technology education center. The automotive technology portion of the facility will feature new classrooms, labs, storage, and a 17-bay shop. Included in the install will be three Hunter...
Washington D.C.—Once again, legislation was introduced in the Missouri Legislature that seeks to repeal the state’s vehicle safety inspection program. State Rep. J. Eggleston, assistant floor leader of the House, introduced House Bill (HB) 451. Eggleston introduced similar legislation last session...
Kansas City, Kan.—How does the industry solve the problem of finding and growing its own technicians when the industry is competing directly with all technology companies, which usually have great benefits, low barriers of entry and better working conditions? MWACA is partnering with Advance...
Cloud-based shop management system “Shop4D” attending 2019 VISION Hi-Tech & Training Expo
Littleton, Colo.—The debut of Shop4D will be at the VISION Hi-Tech & Training Expo in Overland Park, Kan., March 1-2. The AI-driven Shop4D shop management system will have a real-world shop demonstration, as well as hands-on use with client service specialists displaying ease of use,...
There will be more than 20 new exhibitors at VISION HI-Tech Training and Expo. MWACA Executive Director Sheri Hamilton says the event is further ahead in booth sales compared to any other year.
Gladstone, Mo.—It will be an exciting year for the upcoming VISION Hi-Tech Training and Expo, which will feature brand new training opportunities, fresh new trainers and exhibitors, and a celebration of the formation of MWACA (Midwest Auto Care Alliance). The event will be held from Feb. 28 through...
Over the last year, Wholesale Parts Director Mike Merrifield and his team have brought in a full line of ACDelco inventory, which will be available for delivery beginning in 2019.
Omaha, Neb.—Wholesale Parts Director Mike Merrifield and his team sat down in 2012 to develop a brand-new wholesale parts delivery business model. The fact that this was something new for the Woodhouse family of dealerships was viewed as a positive instead of being seen as a hurdle they would need...
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,...

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