Midwest

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...
Owner Chad Dearth shows off a transparent “Vossen Red” Vossen Wheel at KC Trends Motorsports. Vossen offers 24 transparent finishes and 24 solid finishes.
Overland Park, Kan.—Faced with competition from online retailers, KC Trends Motorsports prospers in offering unique products and services, Owner Chad Dearth said. “As the economy changes and as the internet continues to flourish, the showroom, in my opinion, is always going to be important in our...
Spencer, IA — Arnold Motor Supply is extremely proud to announce that 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...
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...

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