Midwest

Kent Dickson (left) and Brian Scott recently expanded from a 6,000-square-foot building to a 10,500-square-foot facility two blocks away, improving operations and customer service.
Newton, Kan.—As the automotive industry consolidates and corporate America moves in, independent paint distributer Brian Scott doesn’t blink. He’s been there before. “We see it coming, but we’ve been through it in the past, and so we know what to expect to be able to navigate through it,” said...
KANSAS CITY, Missouri  – The VISION awards committee announced and presented the annual VISION Facility of the Year award during the 2017 VISION HiTech Training & Expo in Overland Park, Kansas.     The award was established to honor a facility which conducts business in a manner which raises...
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – The VISION awards committee announced and presented the VISION Furthest Traveled award during the 2017 VISION HiTech Training & Expo in Overland Park, Kansas. The award was established to recognize an individual or company who has made extraordinary efforts to attend...
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – Dave DeCourcey’s peers announced and awarded the inaugural ASA-Midwest Dave DeCourcey Next Generation Scholarship during the 2017 VISION HiTech Training & Expo in Overland Park, Kansas.  The award was established in honor of Dave DeCourcey, a long-time automotive service...
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – The VISION awards committee announced and awarded the inaugural ASA-Midwest Robert L. O’Connor Memorial Scholarship during the 2017 VISION HiTech Training & Expo in Overland Park, Kansas.  The scholarship was established in 2011 to commemorate the life of Bob O’Connor...
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – The VISION awards committee announced and awarded the inaugural ASA-Midwest President’s Award during the 2017 VISION HiTech Training & Expo in Overland Park, Kansas.  The award was established to honor an individual or company who has made significant contributions to...
The MaxiSys MS906 features an eight-inch HD touch screen.
Overland Park, Kan.—Shop owners and technicians looking to try out the latest in automotive tools and equipment will have the opportunity at the upcoming ASA Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo, March 2-5, at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kan. The 60,000 square-foot exhibit...
Jeff Wolff (center, with dog, Bo) and technicians Tom Reid (left) and Tyler Richardson tackle all types of electrical and driveability problems at Wolff Diagnostic & Automotive Repair.
Eudora, Kan.—From 30-year-old farm trucks to a two-year-old Asian car a customer just bought, Jeff Wolff and his two technicians are called upon to service and repair a wide variety of vehicles at Wolff Diagnostic & Automotive Repair in the rural community of Eudora, just a few miles east of...
Mark Martin has long found value in learning from business trainers and consultants as well as other successful shop owners.
Ankeny, Iowa—If there’s one thing that stands out most in talking to Mark Martin about his business, Ankeny Autobody1, it’s the degree to which Martin has sought out business ideas and inspiration from outside the walls of his 15,000-square-foot shop. He’s participated, for example, in an AkzoNobel...
Hoffman Estates, Ill.—The St. Louis I-CAR Committees awarded six schools with $25,000 in school grants at the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s annual reception at SEMA. The schools applied for the Education Foundation’s 2016 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grant and the funds...

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