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The family staff is shown behind a new counter in the new customer center. From l., are Sherri Spillman, Greg Spillman, and Rebecca Stillman with their company Pomeranian mascot.
Oak Grove, Mo.—Spillman Auto Service (SAS) in Oak Grove, Mo., enjoys a growing circle of friends and customers. SAS is successfully undergoing a rolling expansion that is improving the customer experience, expands work areas, and creates more opportunities for growth. Spillmans’s has successfully...
Assured Performance announced the appointment of Bob Keith as senior director of Compliance & Education.
MIDWEST MULTI-REGIONAL Thousands of high school and college students competed in the 2016 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in late June, in Louisville, Ky. They participated in leadership and skills competitions ranging from Aviation Maintenance Technology to Culinary Arts,...
Zack Newman has built his business up through a focus on quality and high visibility with no DRPs.
Olathe, Kan.—Zack Newman, owner of Newman’s Auto Body & Repair, doesn’t have a long list of direct repair programs (DRPs) — in fact, he doesn’t have any. And that’s OK by him, because without them, he’s been able to grow his business through his focus on quality. Now in his fourth year, he’s...
With an investment in proper equipment, even small shops can do correct repairs with training and OEM documentation, says Mike Orton, owner of Mike Orton Precision Collision Services.
Joplin, Mo.—Since he opened his shop in 1982, Mike Orton, owner of Mike Orton Precision Collision Services, said he’s operated with a commitment to performing high-quality work independently of insurance company pressures. “I looked at collision repair as a craft, not just a job, and one that I...
Yeck’s Tire & Auto became a NAPA AutoCare Center in 2009. “We have five shops now and we’re looking to expand to eight,” Yeck’s vice president Mark Lowe says.
Bellevue, Neb.—Yeck’s Tire & Auto celebrated four decades in business last summer with a cookout and concert attended by more than 200 customers. Its secret to long-term success: Use every available tool to connect with customers and serve them well. “There’s a lot of shops who can repair cars...
Celebrating the ribbon cutting at WELD headquarters in Kansas City are, from l., World of Outlaws star Brian Brown, NHRA Funny Car champion John Force, NHRA Funny Car driver Robert Hight, NHRA Pro Stock champion, Erica Enders-Stevens, WELD president and CEO Norm Young, NHRA Top Fuel driver Clay Millican, Formula Drift driver Justin Pawlak and Kansas City Chamber of Commerce membership director David Pruente.
MIDWEST MULTI-REGIONAL The Collision Repair Education Foundation announced the recipients of the scholarships in collision repair that were created to assist deserving students pursuing a career in the collision industry. The awards are part of more than $200,000 in scholarships given out in May...
Daniel Wininger receives a number of benefits from the Technet program, including training and a nationwide warranty for all work done at the shop.
Russellville, Mo.—Customers from as far away as 30 miles come to High Point Repair Services for its reputation as a provider of honest, high-quality repairs using high-quality parts, said Daniel Wininger, owner of the rural shop about 25 miles west of Jefferson City. “We have a huge, loyal customer...
West Liberty Raceway is a large, ½-mile slightly banked dirt track for Late Models, Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, and Sport Compacts.
The 2016 racing season is heating up in the Midwest—with Stock Cars, Warriors, Modifieds, Hornets, Late Models, and more all taking to the tracks again, this year promising to deliver excitement for the whole family. Parts & People has compiled a list of popular tracks throughout Iowa, Kansas,...
John Wiedemann has been awarded Equipment and Tool Institute’s, ETI, 17thFounder’s Award at this year’s ToolTech 2016 in Monterey, Calif. The ETI Founder’s Award, established in 1985, honors those who have made many contributions to ETI. Wiedemann has been involved with ETI for more than 26 years...
Kansas City, Mo. – WELD, a performance wheels manufacturer, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house at its headquarters in Kansas City, Mo. May 19 to celebration its recent expansion. Many WELD brand ambassadors as well as local dignitaries were on hand for the event, including NHRA stars...

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