Midwest

MWACA President and Vision Co-founder Jerry Holcom discusses how Vision remains a cost-effective way to bring the whole shop for training.
Overland Park, Kan.—It’s no secret how important customer satisfaction is. “When the customer says, ‘I love doing business with you guys,’ that’s where the payoff comes from. That’s where the money comes from, that’s where the word-of-mouth comes from, and that’s where the forgiveness factor comes...
Kansas City, Mo.—Tyler Hubbard is in the fourth year of a seven-year succession plan to become the owner of a business, in an industry that had no place in his life 11 years ago.  “I had no aspirations whatsoever to work in the automotive industry. It was 2008, I was between jobs, and was presented...
Overland Park, Kan.—Diagnostic specialist and WTI (WORLDPAC Training Institute) instructor Gary Smith began a recent training session with a few words of advice about hybrid vehicles to a room crowded with 50 technicians and shop owners. “Ladies and gentlemen, this technology is not another fad...
From left; Theo Eisenhut-Service Advisor, Doug Jacquot-Owner, Brian Balke-Technician, and Tom Rosales-Technician, of Jammin’ J Automotive, attended the Industry Professionals Reception at Vision.
The 27th annual Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo event at the Overland Park Convention Center, kicked off with Thursday morning training sessions and culminated with the “show within a show,” where exhibitors showcased diagnostic and other high-tech equipment. The main event Expo, held Friday...
Gladstone, Missouri – The Midwest Auto Care Alliance Technicians of Tomorrow Educational Foundation (MWACA TTEF), a 501(c3) not-for-profit organization, presented four $1,000 scholarships to vo-tech and college students pursuing a career in the automotive service industry. The scholarship checks...
– Last week, two Kansas City charities and one deserving local college student experienced a life-changing event – the presentation of vehicles that will provide the student independence and the ability to attend class and allow the charities to support their constituents – thanks to the National...
STAUNTON, Virginia, March 12, 2019 – To recognize its 85th anniversary, S&W Supply in Hays, Kansas didn’t think one event would suffice. The longtime Federated member will commemorate its anniversary with a year-long celebration. From contests to special events to customer appreciation days, S...
DES MOINES, Iowa – Midwest Wheel Companies, automotive accessory distributor in the Midwest, has announced Scott Morrison as the first recipient of the Icon Award. This award was created to honor individuals who have shown over time the extension of these values we hold dearly; loyalty, respect,...
CHARLOTTE (March 5, 2019) – On Thursday, March 7, two Kansas City charities and one deserving local college student will experience a life-changing event – the presentation of vehicles to provide the student independence and the ability to attend class and allow the charities to support their...
Axle & Wheel Aligning Co. in Old Town Wichita, Kan., caught fire recently.
Axle & Wheel Aligning Co. in Old Town Wichita, Kan., caught fire recently. Firefighters said no one was inside the building at the time and no one was injured. To gain access to the building, crews had to saw open a garage door. Firefighters say the bulk of the damage to the building is from...

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