Midwest People & Places - August 2019

Prominent MSOs and Independent Owners Join the CARSTAR Family. For John Cothran, who has had two independent locations in Springfield, MO, since 2007, joining CARSTAR offered new resources and benefits to build his business. Opening as CARSTAR Tanner’s Paint and Body – Springfield and CARSTAR Tanner’s Paint and Body – Willard, Cothran’s locations will offer the highest-quality collision repair and classic car restoration.

NASTF Names Sheri Hamilton to Education Team. The National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) proudly announced the addition of Sheri Hamilton, Executive Director of the Midwest Auto Care Alliance, to the Education Team (EDU). Hamilton coordinates VISION Hi-Tech Training & Expo in Kansas City, the industry’s premier training show for service repair technicians in the United States. In addition, she brings years of experience in coordinating and delivering education programs. NASTF Chairman, Mark Saxonberg welcomed the addition to Team EDU leadership stating, “Sheri’s dedication to education is a perfect fit for our amazing Education Team.”

Stet Schanze of Gray Manufacturing Company (St. Joseph, Missouri) will serve as chairman of the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) Board of Directors effective May 22 following the retirement of Jerry Lentz of Challenger Lifts (Louisville, Kentucky). Schanze, who is the immediate past chairman of the board, will serve the remainder of Lentz’s term. ALI will elect a new chairman to a full term at its annual meeting this fall.

The Iowa Automobile Dealers Foundation for Education awarded a $2,500 scholarship to Jordan Goslar of Mapleton. Mac’s Chevrolet in Mapleton recommended Goslar for the scholarship. Goslar, who also received a scholarship from the foundation in 2018, is currently enrolled as a GM ASEP student at Des Moines Area Community College.

I-70 Motorsports Park Sets Grand Opening Date. Weather and construction delays had previously forced the cancellation of scheduled events in May, June, and July at the facility. The first event is now set for Saturday, August 17, 2019, and will feature ASCS Sprint Cars and Late Model stock cars on the dirt oval.

Legislation (S.B. 242) that would have allowed historic vehicles to be issued license plates without an annual mileage restriction failed to pass before Missouri’s legislature adjourned for 2019. In Missouri, a historic vehicle is defined as being 25 years old or older, owned solely as a collector’s item and used only for exhibition and educational purposes. Currently, Missouri law limits such vehicles to 1,000 miles of personal driving per year and requires owners to keep a log of miles driven.

Woodhouse Parts Direct in Omaha, recently held ACDelco Training focused on vehicle lighting and access. Lee Hammler of Kansas City led the class which was attended by 27 local technicians. Lighting discussions included bulb monitoring, PWM lamp control, LED lighting, and vehicle lighting system diagnostics. Access topics covered included diagnostic strategies for liftgate, door locks, and window systems. Dinner was catered to participants. Woodhouse will be hosting more ACDelco training seminars this year. Contact Tricia Alexander for more information. tricia.alexander@woodhouse.com

CVSN (Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network) announced that 4 State Trucks in Joplin is the newest member of the association. “4 State Trucks is home of the Chrome Shop Mafia, committed to being the leader in the heavy-duty truck-parts aftermarket industry by providing their customers with the widest selection of semi-truck parts at the best prices with the best-of-the-best customer service and fast shipping,” CVSN said in a news release. “They intend to lead the industry by delivering the very best in truck designs and customization as well as constantly providing unique parts and accessories for big rigs.”

Hacker gained access to customer data at 130 dealerships, FTC says. DealerBuilt, an Iowa dealership software provider, reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over a 2016 breach of customer data that allowed a hacker to gain access to the personal information of about 12.5 million consumers stored by 130 dealership clients. The dealership management system provider agreed to a settlement with the FTC over the attack and will "take steps to better protect the data it collects," the FTC said.

Missouri S&T’s Formula Car team competes in Nebraska. A team of Missouri S&T students tested a Formula 1-style racecar that they designed and built against other universities as part of the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Lincoln competition.

The event, a national student design competition sponsored by SAE International, was held June 19-22. The competition challenges students to design, build and operate small-scale Formula 1-style racecars. Missouri S&T’s Formula SAE Design Team competed against approximately 100 other teams from around the world.

Cloyes Gear and Products, Inc., unveiled a new global branding strategy and logo, as well as a new website. It was designed to communicate the nearly-100-year history of the company, the quality of its automotive timing products, and its commitment to supporting its customers and the automotive aftermarket. “Automotive professionals and consumers continue to rely on the internet more and more to research quality parts and find application-specific replacement parts,” said John Bohenick, Chief Executive Officer for Cloyes. “With our new website, our main goal was to help users find parts more efficiently.

South Dakota claimed the No. 1 spot as the best state for car enthusiasts according to MoneyRate.com. The state ranked second in all categories: per-capita spending, concentration of new and used auto dealers and concentration of auto parts stores. Nebraska was the runner-up, with the third-highest rate of per-capita spending on automotive products and concentration of auto dealers in relation to its adult population. Iowa came in at No. 9 on the list.

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