Midwest People & Places - March 2013




At The Arnold Group of Companies Manager’s meeting on Jan. 15, Industrial Paint Solutions (IPS) in Spencer received the Division Leader Award in the categories of top sales increase and top percentage increase in sales. The award was presented to IPS Manager Terry Hammer.


Mike Molle, manager of Arnold Motor Supply in Fort Dodge, received the Service is the Difference Award in the Retail Store Division during The Arnold Group of Companies Manager’s meeting on Jan. 15. Molle was given the award for exemplary effort in going above and beyond the norm in customer satisfaction. His store reached a milestone in sales in 2012.


PPG announced the 2012 schedule for its custom-painted, 75-foot 2007 Coronado Freightliner tractor-trailer tour. One stop will be the Heartland Nationals in Des Moines, July 5-7. The Freightliner has custom-painted flames and colorful graphics achieved with PPG products. The truck is a self-contained display of exhibits featuring PPG paint products with the truck as the star attraction.


Iowa State Sen. Brad Zaun (R-20) recently introduced Senate Bill 42 requesting an interim study committee on automotive insurance direct repair programs (DRPs).   The study is to include a review and analysis of the use of DRPs by the automotive insurance industry in Iowa and the effect of the use of such program on automotive body repair shops, insurance costs, and Iowa consumers. Membership of the interim study committee will include three consumers, four representatives of auto body repair shops, and four representatives of the automobile insurance industry.  To view the full text of the bill, visit ASA’s legislative website at www.takingthehill.com.



Automotive Parts Warehouse (APA) has hired Gary Martin as executive vice president. Martin will be responsible for maximizing APA’s operating performance, overseeing APA’s strategic plan, and further integrating member and vendor participation in APA’s data warehouse. Public relations and training will be key components of his new position. Martin will be based at APA’s headquarters in Lenexa and will report directly to Dan Freeman, president and CEO. Martin brings more than 18 years of experience in the automotive aftermarket, having worked in sales at Cardone Industries since 1994.


A & Reds Transmission Parts will be sponsoring the Sonnax Roadshow, coming through Wichita on May 2. The event, which will include seminars on valve body diagnostics and reaming, will run from 5:30-8 p.m., and include food and refreshments. The event is free, but space is limited to 50 people. Call A & Reds at 800-835-1007, ext. 100, to reserve a spot.


Some finalizations have been made for the ASA MO/KAN Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo on March 7-10, at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park. CustomerLink is hosting the Opening Reception on the Expo Floor on Friday evening from 5-7 p.m., with drink tickets available when attendees check in. Also, Chubby Frederick, of the Automotive Training Institute (ATI) will be the keynote speaker at the Sunday morning breakfast.


Laird Noller Mitsubishi in Lawrence has been added to the Midwest Parts Group, an parts delivery network offering daily delivery of 19 different nameplates, throughout the Kansas City metro area, Eastern Kansas, Northwest Missouri, Southeast Nebraska, with daily delivery to Wichita and Omaha as well.  



Missouri State Sen. David Sater (R-29) has introduced legislation, Senate Bill 136, that would dilute the Missouri State Motor Vehicle Safety Inspection Program by eliminating the requirement that all motor vehicles obtain a biennial certificate of inspection, and instead be inspected triennially. The bill has not yet been addressed in committee. The Automotive Service Assocation (ASA) opposes the proposed changes, stating that the bill’s effect would be to create less-safe highways in Missouri — more accidents leading to loss of property, more injuries, and possibly more deaths. ASA asks Missouri repairers to contact their legislators and express their opposition to the bill. Repairers can go to ASA’s legislative website at www.takingthehill.com to send an opposition letter and to view the full text of the bill.



Dennis Spooner, managing partner of The Arnold Group of Companies, recently presented Bruce Thomsen with a promotion to store manager at the company’s Auto Value Parts Store Southside in Omaha. Thomsen has been part of The Arnold Group team for 11 years and brings a wealth of experience to his new job, Spooner said. 


Terry Helmer, manager of the Auto Value Parts Store in Humphrey received the Store Manager of the Year Award during The Arnold Group of Companies Manager’s meeting on Jan. 15. The award honors principled, centered leadership and commitment to the core values exemplified by E.P. Arnold.    


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