Brad Harder from Emporia, Kan., was recently awarded the 2019 World Class Technician award.Mopar recently celebrated “Top Tech” and “TopAdvisor” awards with several area winners.ICRA Lobbyist Mark Olson discussed industry issues at the ICRA Education Day.PPG’s show truck can be seen July 5-7, in Des Moines, Iowa.Federated member S&W Supply celebrates its 85th anniversary.Inland Truck Parts and Service is celebrating its 75th anniversary.Brian and Kim Walker say Shop Marketing Pros will serve independent auto repair shop owners who need help drawing in customers.

Midwest People & Places - April 2019

Brad Harder from Emporia, Kan., was recently awarded the 2019 World Class Technician award. The Auto Care Association, in partnership with the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), provide the annual designation to recognize professional technicians who have achieved ASE certification in 22 specialty areas.

Mopar celebrates “Top Tech” and “TopAdvisor” award winners. Area Top Advisor Winner was Michael Croft of Olathe Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Area Top Techs were Mark Muller from Gene Steffy Auto Group, Jeff Setlik from Gregg Young Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, James Elling from Colby Dodge Chrysler Jeep, and Tim Zabka from Gregg Young Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

ICRA (Iowa Collision Repair Association) held its education day recently in Ankeny. Mark Olson took everyone “down the rabbit hole” and dug deep into today’s industry issues. ICRA Lobbyist Scott Weiser also briefed ICRA members of ongoings at the state capital.

PPG announced the 2019 appearance schedule of its show truck. The bold red, white and blue PPG tractor-trailer rig — a rolling exhibit of premium PPG products can be seen July 5-7, during the 28th Heartland Nationals at Iowa State Fairground in Des Moines, Iowa.

Federated member S&W Supply is celebrating its 85th anniversary. To recognize its 85th anniversary, S&W Supply in Hays, Kan., will commemorate its anniversary with a year-long celebration. From contests to special events to customer appreciation days, S&W Supply is thanking its customers.

Inland Truck Parts and Service, headquartered in Overland Park, Kan., is celebrating 75 years. The employee-owned and -operated company, which has expanded its footprint throughout the Midwest and Great Plains, was originally founded in 1944 in Minneapolis as Industrial & Truck Parts.

5 Stones Media has introduced a new division, Shop Marketing Pros. The new auto repair shop marketing division will serve independent auto repair shop owners who need help drawing in customers. Shop Marketing Pros offers auto repair shop marketing in packages specifically designed to boost engagement, audience reach, and ultimately help shop owners gain more profits faster.

Midwest Wheel Companies has announced Scott Morrison as the first recipient of the Icon Award. The award was created to honor individuals who have shown over time the extension of values such as loyalty, respect, vision, mutual achievement, and friendship. Morrison holds the position of VP of Strategic Sourcing at the Curt Group.

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