Midwest

CHARLOTTE (November 20, 2017) --  The CARSTAR Omaha locations helped make the upcoming holiday season special for one community organization this year, presenting the keys to a minivan to a Salvation Army chaplain during their annual Tree of Lights Kickoff last Friday night in Omaha. Recycled Rides...
Palm Beach Gardens, FL – November 20, 2017 – Big O Tires®, one of North America's largest retail tire franchisors with more than 400 independently-owned and operated locations in 23 states, is pleased to recognize the expansion of the brand in Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri in partnership...
Billie Estes of Estes Collision & Towing LLC in Miami, Oklahoma were selected from thousands of participants at the 2017 SEMA Show to receive a Spanesi Q5.2 welder that was raffled from the SCRS booth.
Prosser, Washington, November 16, 2017 - The SEMA Show has been touted as one of the best venues to explore opportunity for the collision repair industry, and the 2017 Show floor reinforced the possibilities that exist. As a long-running tradition at the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (...
AWARDS APPLICATIONS Service Facility of the YearThis award spotlights a single shop's efforts to promote professionalism in the automotive service industry, and judges review the business's practices, industry and association participation, community involvement and physical appearance of the...
Stilwell, Kansas— There are more than 5.8 million vehicle collisions a year.  In crashes where minutes can spell the difference between life and death, first responders to the accident scene need up to date training so they can act quickly and safely! The First Responders Emergency Extrication (F.R...
Arnold Motor Supply ranks in the top 50 for midsized companies to work for in Iowa.
MIDWEST Arnold Motor Supply announced it has been recognized as one of the top workplaces in Iowa for the fourth consecutive year. The 2017 Top Workplaces, sponsored by the Des Moines Register, ranked Arnold Motor Supply in the top 50 for midsized companies. “It’s a distinct honor to all of us at...
Instructor Bryan Compton (right) and Brian Franz, service manager at Cable Dahmer of Kansas City, talk about coming service challenges after a recent advisory committee meeting.
Independence, Mo.—Instructors Bryan Compton and Bill Lieb “make technology come alive” for students in their Automotive Technology I and II classes at the Career and Technology Center at Fort Osage, which serves the high schools of Blue Springs, Blue Springs South, Fort Osage, Grain Valley, and Oak...
Grant and Shannon Sunday (right), owners of Don’s Body Shop, flanked by Production Manager Jay Stone and Estimator Sonia Johnson, adhere to OEM repair requirements and encourage continuing training in all positions.
Olathe, Kan.—John Eagle Collision Center, in Dallas, did not follow OEM-specified procedures when it replaced a Honda Fit’s hail-damaged roof with adhesive bonding, not welds. When that car’s new owners were in a subsequent collision, the adhesive joints failed, the roof buckled, and because of the...
Community Wholesale Tire has promoted Andy Berra to president.
MIDWEST Community Wholesale Tire has promoted Andy Berra to president and Adrienne Berra to executive vice president. The current president, Phil Berra, will remain with the company as chairman and CEO.  Community Wholesale Tire has three Midwest distribution centers, an eight-state marketing area...
From left: ColorVision’s Connor, Kathy, and Gary Allen have added four locations in six months and increased the PPG Platinum Distributor’s footprint.
Springfield, Mo.—In only six months, PPG Platinum Distributor ColorVision has nearly doubled its store count. Now renamed ColorVision, the four new locations bring the total to nine stores in five states, strengthening the company’s competitive position as a regional refinish distributor. Although...

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