Midwest

Mike Perry is the fourth winner in the Perfect Stop Powersports 2016 Giveaway.
IOWA Mike Perry, owner of Grime’s Tire and Auto, is the fourth winner in the Perfect Stop Powersports 2016 Giveaway. Grime’s Tire and Auto, an Auto Value Certified Service Center in Grimes, is a customer of Arnold Motor Supply, a member of the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance. Auto Value and Bumper...
Classic Collision Center celebrates its 30th year in December. Joining Owner John Burdolski in the recently remodeled office/waiting area are his sons, Office Managers Dusty (l.) and Odie.
Kansas City, Kan.—As Classic Collision Center gets set to celebrate its 30th anniversary this December, its 15,000-square foot shop is packed with vehicles in the repair process with a six-week waiting period for cars to get in, said Owner John Burdolski, whose family has long been involved in the...
Whether it’s a Formula Atlantic race car, a Triumph TR4, a 1965 Mustang, or a late-model Honda, Greg Smith (l.) and David Long, owners of Santa Fe Garage, can handle all manner of services, although they specialize in wheel/tire and suspension work.
Independence, Mo.—At the town square, brave travelers throughout much of the 19th century set off for points west on the Santa Fe Trail in covered wagons and stagecoaches equipped with rough-riding wooden wheels and steel tires. Just a few blocks away and 136 years later, Santa Fe Garage...
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MULTI-MIDWEST REGION Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper announced that 33 students have been selected to receive the 2016 Advancing the Aftermarket and General College Scholarships. Each recipient will receive a $1,500 scholarship to help offset the expense of attending a college, university or trade...
From l., Technician Mark Norfolk, Owner Paul Engen, and Technicians Tony DiPlacito and Joe Maggio stand outside the NAPA AutoCare Center. Engen says he has instituted a revenue sharing system that pays different percentages to workers on parts and labor.
Blue Springs, Mo.—Jefferson Service Center’s Paul Engen is a very happy man. Engen was born into the automotive repair business in his native Minnesota, where his father owned a successful Amoco service station. Paul Engen moved to take over a similar station in Blue Springs, Mo. Nine years passed...
Dave McKahan (l.), owner of Dave’s Foreign Car Repair, and Service Manager Roger Blevins, are known for solving problems in European and Japanese makes.
Parkville, Mo.— There’s never been a better time to be in the automotive repair business, said Dave McKahan, who established Dave’s Foreign Car Repair as a specialist in Japanese and European makes 35 years ago. With increased vehicle complexity, a technician can command higher pay and respect, and...
Warrensburg Collision employees focus on a culture of continuous improvement to enhance the customer experience by personalizing, improving and streamlining the repair process.
MULTI-MIDWEST REGIONAL The 10th Annual ASA-Midwest Tailgate Party is Sunday, Oct. 23, at Arrowhead Stadium, where the Kansas City Chiefs will play the New Orleans Saints. Tickets are located in section 304 and are $85 for ASA-Midwest members and $100 for non-members. For more information, contact...
Jennifer and Joe Shoemaker’s industry experience have shaped their shop’s operations and marketing in a DRP-driven market.
Spring Hill, Kan.—Drawing upon their experience from two sides of the collision repair industry, the husband-and-wife team of Joe and Jennifer Shoemaker, owners of Shoemaker Collision & Paint Center LLC, has shaped the business’ operations and marketing to find a quality- and customer-driven...
The new Kansas City location means speedier service from the drivetrain specialists at Ausmor, including from l., Warehouse Manager Brandon Brown, General Manager Austin Morris, Owner Mel Morris, and Accountant Michelle Morris, who is Austin’s wife.
Kansas City, Mo.—Ausmor opened in 2005 in Wichita, Kan., as a shop-centered manufacturer and distributor of OE-quality aftermarket drivetrain products, Owner Mel Morris said. And now with the opening of a Kansas City location last fall, it’s expanded its level of service. As with a 2012 expansion...
From l., Kansas Powertrain & Equipment Owners Al Barranco and Chuck Stover and Area Sales Manager Chad Adcock focus on service and parts for trucks that work hard to earn their keep, such as this heavy-duty hi-rail railroad maintenance truck.
Topeka, Kan.—Vocational “dirty” trucks and tractor-trailers that are worked hard daily have been a profitable specialty for Kansas Powertrain & Equipment. “Dirty trucks are the best trucks,” said Al Barranco, co-owner of the company, who has been in the heavy-truck parts business since 1976,...

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