Midwest

Chris Carlson Hot Rods, of Mulvane, Kan., debuted its 1949 Buick Sedanette at the NAPA/Martin Senour booth, which featured the Tec/BASE premium refinish system color Granite (PCRS23) of the Martin Senour Rod & Restoration Color Deck on the exterior and Dark Blue Denim (PCRC30) for the engine and wheels.
SEMA attendance was reported to be more than 100,000 this year and occupied one million net square feet.
Exact Performance Owner Ben Bennett (l.) and Service Manager Dillon Rath, Bennett’s son-in-law, have expanded the business from its Lexus roots to include other Japanese makes.
Mission, Kan.—After several years as service manager of a local Lexus dealership, Ben Bennett struck out on his own in March 1998 with the relatively new niche of providing a “dealership alternative” for service and repair of Lexus cars. Over the years, Exact Performance has expanded to include all...
The staff at Leibrand’s Riverside Automotive, from l., are Jim Wainright, Larry Leibrand, Corey Brown, Ralph Haney, Jerry Beck, and Robert Boyle.
Riverside, Mo.—Larry Leibrand greets his customers at Leibrand’s Riverside Automotive with a smile, outstretched hand, and always by name. “I know their name, their spouse’s name, their kids, where they work, etc.,” Leibrand said. A third-generation shop owner, Leibrand has a loyal customer base...
David W. Kimbell (r.), director of marketing, Arnold Motor Supply, accepts his Automotive Aftermarket Management Education Award from Keith Pretty, president and CEO of Northwood University. (Photo by Rob Merwin)
MIDWEST Northwood University recognized David W. Kimbell, director of marketing of the Arnold Motor Supply, and John Minor, president, Midwest Wheel Companies, for their support of educational initiatives and learning within the automotive aftermarket industry with its prestigious Automotive...
Liberty, Mo.—Registration for ASA-Midwest’s Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo is now open for the March 3-6 event, at the Overland Park Convention Center in Kansas City. Last year’s event featured, for the first time, a Thursday Hi-Tech Tool Expo, which was introduced due to attendee feedback...
Ryan Glenn (l.), business development manager of CARSTAR of Raytown and its sister stores, and Neil Baker, general manager of CARSTAR of Lee’s Summit, say that asking for the sale helps to close it, without being high-pressure.
Lee’s Summit, Mo.—CARSTAR of Raytown was recognized at the national CARSTAR conference last summer as the CARSTAR network’s location with the top closing ratio in the country, at more than 80 percent. But it wasn’t because of aggressive sales tactics, said Ryan Glenn, business development manager...
Linn, Mo.—With a variety of course options available, students at the State Technical College (STC) of Missouri can enter the workforce ready for a range of jobs in the automotive field. The Automotive Technology and Automotive Collision Technology programs have expanded in recent years at STC,...
Platte Woods, Mo.—After 10 years in business, many of April Ryan’s customers have become like family, sharing in her celebration of milestones such as the birth of her children. So when loyal customers — and newcomers, too — come to Platte Woods Precision Auto Care, she said she and the shop’s...
Overland Park, Kan.—Jack Ireland is excited to show off the technology in the shop and classrooms at Johnson County Community College (JCCC). As department chair and associate professor, he’s worked hard to modernize the Automotive Technology program. “It’s what sets us apart,” Ireland said, as he...
Olathe, Kan.—BF Bodyworks’ owner and operator Floyd Foster knows it’s an oft-repeated sentiment in the collision repair industry, but it rings true. “We’ve always wanted to do the highest quality repair possible,” he said. “Of course, that’s what every shop says. But we’ve really driven that to our...

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