Midwest Region People & Places - Sept.


ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a Minnesota-based collision repair company, recently announced the opening of a new 30,000-square-foot franchise repair center in Sioux City. Rob Brooks, the owner of the new ABRA franchise who also owns Sioux City Ford, said, “Our goal is to be the No. 1 collision center in Sioux City and we’ll achieve this goal because of ABRA’s reputation in the insurance community.”   

SEMA-opposed legislation in Iowa that sought to change labeling requirements on gas pumps across the state to only require labeling for unblended gasoline and E85 was successfully defeated this year. The current law in Iowa requires labeling when gasoline is blended with any amount of ethanol. If the new bill had been enacted into law, it would have removed labeling requirements for ethanol-blended gasoline containing 15 percent or less ethanol, thereby increasing the risk of misfueling and potential engine damage.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been urged to create national labeling requirements for ethanol-blended gasoline that are placed as close as possible to the pump’s product-selection mechanism, but since such requirements are not currently in place, vehicle owners must rely on state labeling requirements for information about the gasoline they use in their vehicles.


In June, Legend’s Toyota of Kansas City, previously Performance Toyota, relocated to a new facility by the Kansas Speedway. Myers Brothers Equipment, based in Kansas City, Mo., handled the complete new build of the service department, including lifts, exhaust air system, lube, and new equipment.


The O’Reilly Auto Parts Street Machine Nationals on Oct. 1-2 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield will have Automotive Designer and Fabricator Chip Foose on hand for the first day signing autographs from the MagnaFlow display. The O’Reilly Auto Parts Fall Street Machine Nationals will be open Saturday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 2, from 9 a.m. to 3p.m. Registration and more information can be found at www.streetmachinenationals.net or by calling 317-236-6515.

On Aug. 17, The Society of Collision Repair Specialist of Missouri/Kansas (SCRS-MO/KAN) featured a seminar on recycled parts, led by Mel Hunke of Team PRP Midwest. The event, sponsored by LKQ, was at Buca Di Beppo in Kansas City, and was the first of a series of monthly seminars that SCRS-MO/KAN will be featuring as parts of its Collision Repair Education Series. For more information on upcoming events visit www.scrsmokan.com


With steep fines outlined for enforcement, the question of whether or not equipment is compliant to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants Rule: 40 CFR 63 Subpart HHHHHH (EPA 6H) has been a hot topic recently.  Omaha-based Shop-Pro Equipment announced that its Mobile Work Station line of portable booths has been certified as compliant to EPA 6H for use in surface coating operations. “I’m glad we can now provide our customers with a certificate reflecting the units’ compliancy to EPA 6H” said Dan Carrig, General Manager of Shop-Pro Equipment.

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