Midwest

From left: Brad Ruder, Nathan Ebert, Reggie Graham, Ron Garcia, Aidan Dunleavy, Jeremy Henry, Meeghan Dunleavy, Dana Henry, Andy Baldassarre and Dustin Willhite accepted Wichita Business Journal’s 2018 Manufacturing, Wholesale and Distribution Awards.
MIDWEST Midwest Wheel Companies has announced that Don Reimondo is one of two recipients of its 25th Annual Don Shoemaker/Scott Wilson Sales Professional of the Year Awards. It was presented to Reimondo by John Minor, president and CEO of Midwest Wheel Companies, during a ceremony at the Legacy...
From left: Auto Collision student Hanna Quinteros pauses for a photo with Becky Taylor, manager of the Laird Noller Collision Repair Center in Lawrence, Kan., and president of the Topeka I-CAR chapter; and PPG Automotive Refinish Territory Manager Faith Schoovaerts.
Topeka, Kan.—After first hosting the events in 2016, the Collision Repair Education Foundation has grown the number of its transportation career fairs to 20 this year, partnering with the TechForce Foundation. Debuting Oct. 11 at Washburn University Institute of Technology’s Automotive Collision...
Instructor John Harden shows some students from his afternoon session class, from left, Solomon Branson, Tommy Bere, and Walker Bear, how to set up a light pull on a radiator support.
Lexington, Mo.—Thanks to collision repair being classified by the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) as being in high demand, John Harden can receive matching grants as high as 75 percent from the state. “We’ve been revitalized with all of the new technologies the last...
Ron Haugen presents “Measuring your marketing” to members of MWACA’s St. Louis chapter. The seminar was sponsored by Factory Motor Parts in St. Louis.
St. Louis— “So what?” That’s what Ron Haugen, former owner of Westside Auto Pros in Des Moines, Iowa, believes consumers are saying about the way a lot of shop owners showcase their business in advertising campaigns. “‘We have ASE-certified techs’ — so what? ‘We have $14.95 oil changes’ — so what?...
Dustin Holland is Parts & People’s new Midwest and River Valley Regional Manager.
Denver—Parts & People is pleased to announce Dustin Holland is the publication’s new Midwest and River Valley Regional Manager. A St. Louis-area native, Holland, who has worked in the aftermarket parts industry for nearly a decade, including writing for the publication, will be responsible for...
San Jose, CA - Oct.  11, 2018: Kukui Corporation, the maker of the All-in-One Success Platform®, has formed a partnership with the Midwest Auto Care Alliance (MWACA) to help conquer financial barriers to success faced by auto repair shop owners. In this partnership, shops who join both MWACA and...
Midwest Auto Care Alliance launched in September.
The Midwest Auto Care Alliance (MWACA) officially launched on Sept. 14. Its website states MWACA is founded on the principle that by “joining together we can advance the common interests of all our members” and “Advancing professionalism and excellence in the automotive repair industry through...
Cable Dahmer Chevrolet Service Director Rich Frost shows how compact the sensor cabinet is of the Hunter Engineering Quick Check Drive system.
Independence, Mo.—Rich Frost, service director of Cable Dahmer Chevrolet, wanted to sell more alignments through courtesy inspections. He had been interested in service drive inspection equipment for several years, but even though each car could be assessed in just a few minutes, for his shop, he...
AASP-Missouri State President Mike Moehlenkamp explains how an inspection is performed and its overall importance to safety by catching possible future maintenance problems or failures.
St. Louis—To inspect or not inspect. While Missouri House Bill (HB) 1444, which failed to pass in May, would have ended the requirement of Missouri vehicle owners to have a state safety inspection before plates are issued or renewed. However, supporters of the bill have already filed motions to...
Greenlight Automotive’s Subaru SSM-III scan tool screen shows a successful adjustment of the blind spot monitor, using a reflective 3D tripod-mounted target, just one procedure required for ADAS calibration.
Lincoln, Neb., and Wichita, Kan.—The latest vehicles, with complex advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), can be a challenge to repair correctly and safely. Seemingly overnight, nearly every car or light truck is equipped with collision-avoidance devices such as radar and cameras, complicating...

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