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From left: Technician Stephen Anderson, Technician Steve Cooley, Owner Lee Wilson, and Technician Tron Klingensmith. Lee’s Auto Repair recently moved into a brand new 6,025-square-foot facility featuring Challenger lifts, a Hunter Alignment and Balancer, and Factory scan tools.
Independence, Mo.—Lee Wilson’s career as a dealership technician came to an end after moving back to Missouri from Texas, 23 years ago.  “I was tired of seeing people being taken to the cleaners at the dealerships. One day, after I moved back, something told me to go for a drive. While I was out, I...
Longtime Northtown Auto Clinic employees Bret Crawford and Erin Hall are now in their second year of ownership.
North Kansas City, Mo.—Before Northtown Auto Clinic founder Ed Schaeffer lost his battle with cancer in May 2017, he left a solid foundation for Service Manager Bret Crawford and Office Manager Erin Hall. Now in their second year of ownership, the duo have added some of their own ideas. “We’re...
Wreck Expert Owner David Cowan reminds shop owners and managers that the consumer is with whom they have a liability and responsibility.
Olathe, Kan.—Do you work for your customer, or do you work for the insurance company? It’s a question that David Cowan, owner of WreckExpert.com, often asks shops. He provides post-collision services to consumers in Kansas and Missouri. “Not all body shops realize who the real customer is. The...
MANHATTAN, KS, February 21, 2019 – BASF donated $3,000 this weekend to the Kansas Food Bank through the Sack Hunger initiative. In total, the campaign has raised more than $12,000 in the last four years thanks to BASF and the hardworking Kansas State football team defensive line. For the last...
From left: The following reps pictured are Russell Gray, Billy Batchlear, Ted Kuehn, Shane Clark, Kevin Jones.
The Oklahoma City branch of Jasper Engines & Transmissions took home the President’s Award for 2018 at the company’s annual sales banquet January 29th. Recognized as JASPER’s top branch award, the President’s Award is based upon improvements in several sales categories.  In addition, the...
A 1953 Chevrolet 5 Window, painted by Taylor Olson, of Danner Paint & Autobody, in Joplin, Mo., is featured in Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes 2019 shop calendar.
Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes has released its 2019 shop calendar, showcasing several high quality builds including a 1953 Chevrolet 5 Window, painted by Taylor Olson, of Danner Paint & Autobody, in Joplin, Mo. The Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes 2019 Calendar is available through...
Sitting on their ’61 Cadillac couch, Owner Pat Cox (left) and Service Manager Brett Ingram offer customers a “hip feel” at KC AutoWorX.
Kansas City, Mo.—Although he might often ride inches off the ground in his LS-powered ’54 Chevy two-door sedan, Pat Cox, owner of KC AutoWorX, knows that automotive repair is not usually a fun expense. It’s one for which most people don’t budget, and worse, some may have had bad previous...
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...

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