Midwest

St. Louis Chapter of ASA-Midwest President Doug Jacquot shares his experiences and his path from tech school to shop ownership.
St. Louis—The St. Louis Chapter of ASA-Midwest held its second annual Automotive Career Panel and Dinner at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park. The event was mainly for students seeking a career in the automotive service industry and was an introduction to local independent shop owners and...
From left: Original One Parts COO Dean Cerimeli, Original One Parts Chief of Staff Stephanie Hilburn, and Original One Parts Head of Engineering Sean Higgs were on hand for the St. Louis facility tour.
St. Louis—Original One Parts has been expanding its St. Louis facility. It also has distribution centers that are scheduled to open around the country this year. Original One Parts partnered with AASP-MO to provide a dinner and tour of its St. Louis facility recently, where collision shop owners,...
Deery Collision Center Manager Justin Clubb pushes for OEM certifications and the training needed for his technicians to perform OEM repair procedures.
Burlington, Iowa—In his five years at Deery Collision Center, Manager Justin Clubb has seen technology rapidly increase to the point that even a once-simple mirror replacement may now require recalibration. It’s why he’s pursued OEM certifications and their training requirements: to ensure his...
Rusty Eck Ford Parts Manager Robert Bailey says his tight inventory controls allow him to offer same-day or early next-day parts deliveries.
Wichita, Kan.—The OEM wholesale parts climate has changed in recent years, with challenges placed on dealers to carefully control their inventory and provide parts even quicker or risk losing a sale, said Robert Bailey, parts manager of Rusty Eck Ford, which boasts a $1.7 million inventory in a two...
CHARLOTTE (April 2, 2018) – CARSTAR Glenn’sAuto Body was voted one of the top three winners in the 2018 Lincoln’s Choice Awards, held annually in Lincoln, NE.  The Lincoln Journal Star unveiled the top three local businesses in each category in the March 25th edition. Glenn’s CARSTAR received...
The “Shop of the Future” panelists discussed how and why shop owners must prepare for a near future that includes specialization and fewer traditional repairs.
Overland Park, Kan.—As the pace of changing technology continues to quicken, the Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo, now in its 26th year, continues to draw technicians, service advisors, and shop owners for top-notch technical and management training. This year’s event, March 1-4, in Overland Park...
Bob Sight Collision Center Manager Jared Nicholson says a “hybrid lean” production system has bumped up productivity and reduced stress.
Lee’s Summit, Mo.—For Jared Nicholson, manager of Bob Sight Ford Collision Center, “opportunity lies where there are issues.” Tackling some of those challenges head-on, he said, has helped the operation run like a well-oiled machine, with much less stress, to boot. The shop employs what he terms a...
Original One Parts Sales Representative Ryan Collins explains to a booth visitor how each part is VIN-verified and validated for form, fit, and function.
MIDWEST More than 500 attended the Iowa Collision Repair Association’s eighth annual Midwest Auto Body Trade Show, Feb. 16-17, at the Prairie Meadows Casino and Hotel in Altoona. There were 46 exhibitors at this year’s Expo. CARSTAR Don & Ron’s, of Omaha, Neb., recently hosted a First Responder...
Vision Co-chair Ron Haugen, owner of Westside Auto Pros, said there were 500 first-time attendees at this year’s Vision.
Overland Park, Kan.—Vision’s Conference Breakfast featured a Saturday breakfast, numerous speakers, guest speaker Jon Gordon and fun facts:    •   42 states represented  •   Seven Canadian Provinces  •   Attendees from St. Martin and Zimbabwe  •   500 first-time attendees.    ASA-Midwest President...
In his keynote address, Chris Chesney urges shops to move to a mentorship structure to attract and retain bright technicians.
Overland Park, Kan.—With more computing power than the latest fighter jet, some of today’s vehicles more closely resemble “complex data networks with four wheels,” said Chris Chesney, senior director of customer training at Advance Auto Parts-CARQUEST Technical Institute, at the Vision Hi-Tech...

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