Midwest

On October 17, 2017 at 6:00 pm the Kansas City Chapter of ASA will be sponsoring a networking and panel discussion event at Johnson County Community College to introduce students seeking a career in the automotive service industry to local independent shop owners and managers. This will be a great...
On October 17, 2017 at 6:00 pm the Des Moines Chapter of ASA will be sponsoring a networking and panel discussion event at Des Moines Area Community College to introduce students seeking a career in the automotive service industry to local independent shop owners and managers. This will be a great...
Community Wholesale Tire, a family owned and operated business, has made some organizational changes, promoting Andy Berra to President and Adrienne Berra to Executive Vice President, effective September 1, 2017.  The current President, Phil Berra, will remain with the company as chairman and CEO...
Steve Hahn (back, center) has assumed ownership of CARSTAR Metcalf, a former corporate training center for CARSTAR.
MIDWEST Four students in the Midwest received scholarships from The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund, which awarded $160,000 to 60 individuals this year, including 53 SEMA scholarships to current students and seven loan-forgiveness awards to employees of SEMA-member companies. The students are...
Quality Automotive Equipment & Service owners Justin (left), Cameron (third from left, with daughter, Charlee), and Rhonda Cordle, pictured with Cameron's wife, Ashley (right, with son, Jackson), formed the company June 1, to offer equipment sales, service, and installation throughout eastern Kansas and western Missouri.
Paola, Kan.—As the automobile’s onboard technology advances evermore rapidly, the equipment used to service it is also becoming more complex. Combining their experience in information technology and automotive equipment service, brothers Cameron and Justin Cordle formed Quality Automotive Equipment...
Weaver’s Auto Center Manager Chris Norris (left) and Owner Tony Adams say that it is essential to perform scans on every repair and to educate insurers why they’re needed.
Shawnee, Kan.—Just as a technician can no longer approach a repair without first consulting OEM repair information to see what type of steel it is or how the OEM recommends sectioning it, every vehicle must now be scanned, regardless of how minor the damage may appear to the trained eye, said Tony...
Brian Kietzmann, who owns and operates Xtreme Truck & Auto with his wife, Lindsay, has grown his accessories business with the move to a spacious, high-traffic location, the former Weinberg Dodge.
Grandview, Mo.—A little more than a year after its move to a location with abundant drive-by traffic, business is booming for Xtreme Truck & Auto, with much of the additional volume coming from sales and installation of accessories. “We have a lot more retail traffic at our new location,” said...
Steve Hahn (back center) and his team in front of the CARSTAR Metcalf location.
SOUTHFIELD, MI – August 14, 2017 -- CARSTAR Metcalf in Stillwell, KS is now locally-owned and operated and uses BASF’s Glasurit 90 Line paint system. “We have direct repair relationships with more than 20 insurance partners,” said Steve Hahn, CARSTAR Metcalf owner. “Now that this location is...
SCC student of the Auto Collision Repair Program restored a Honda Accord as part of Recycled Rides for Schools a family in need.
IOWA Jeffrey Schilling, of Hawkeye Community College, in Waterloo, was awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the PPG Foundation in collaboration with the Collision Repair Education Foundation. He was one of four students who have demonstrated an interest in careers related to automotive repair and...
The no-fault core policy is just one benefit of buying genuine Mopar powertrain products, says New Century Dodge Parts Director Keith Scheidt (left) and Wholesale Parts Manager Dave Gibson.
Lenexa, Kan.—Automotive care shops can quickly give cars and light trucks a new lease on life with the ready availability of replacement engines and transmissions. But they’re not all created equal, and genuine Mopar powertrain products can provide a number of benefits to retail and fleet customers...

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