Midwest

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...
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...
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...
Olathe, Kan.—With six and eight-speed automatics and dual clutch manuals on the market today, Paul Hipsher faces the challenges many shop owners have today with training. Continuing education is one way Olathe Transmission Service stays ahead of the curve. “I try to go to as many seminars as I can...
Warrensburg, Mo. — A sign posted in the front office of Lindsay Transmission states the shop’s sales philosophy in large letters: “We refuse to lower our standard of quality to match our competitors’ prices. You are not paying more for the same thing. You are paying for something much better.” To...
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...
Glen Mills, PA – June 23, 2015: It's time to rev up to celebrate Independence Day weekend! How about checking out one of the hottest hot rod shows in the Midwest? It’s the Goodguys 24th Heartland Nationals at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa on July 3-5. Axalta Coating Systems, a...
Omaha, Neb.-After 50 years in business, Don & Ron’s CARSTAR Collision Center is not trying to stay the course — it’s trying to top itself year after year. The business won the Omaha Better Business Bureau’s Integrity Award in 2013, was a winner in the Best of Omaha contest by Omaha Magazine in...

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