Midwest People & Places - December 2018
Barry Dunkin retired as sales manager with Meyers Brothers Kansas City after 21 years with the company. Dunkin previously worked for Hunter Engineering as a sales representative from 1986 to 1997. Taking over the role of sales manager will be Joel Ecton. Ecton can be reached at email@example.com or by cell phone at 816-204-4857.
Stet Schanze, of Gray Manufacturing Company, in St. Joseph, Mo., returns to the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) board as past chairman. The trade association, dedicated to vehicle lift safety, elected its 2019 board of directors at the annual meeting, Oct. 28, in Las Vegas. The ALI Board of Directors includes representatives of vehicle lift manufacturer members, as well as a representative elected by the ALI Associate Class.
More than 120 first responders from the Kansas City and the St. Joseph area attended demonstrations offered by CARSTAR on how to extricate people from today’s advanced vehicles. CARSTAR hosted three events in St. Joseph and Smithville, Mo., and Stilwell, Kan., Oct 16-18. Steve Hahn, owner of CARSTAR Metcalf, said CARSTAR is committed to helping the community become a safer place to live. Twelve salvage vehicles were donated by State Farm for fire fighters to practice “cutting” techniques.
MW Company, based in Kansas City, Mo., has launched, officially combining several of aftermarket performance and racing brands under one unified, corporate identity. In 2017, Cisneros Corporation, which owned the MOMO brand, purchased WELD Racing and all of its brands to combine them into what MW Company is today. The company operates facilities in Anaheim, Calif., and Milan Italy, and employs over 200 people worldwide.
The following Midwest dealers have been nominated for the 2019 Ally TIME Dealer of the Year Award: Mike Anderson, of Anderson Ford, in Lincoln, Neb.; Patrick Clemons, of Pat Clemons Inc., in Boone, Iowa; and Scott Hatchett, of Hatchett Buick GMC, in Wichita, Kan.
Iowa ranks fifth in the U.S. in deer-related vehicle accidents, according to the Insurance Information Institute. During deer season, which generally runs from October through December, there is a dramatic increase in the movement of the deer population. The odds of hitting a deer in Iowa in 2018 was one in 73.
The keys to a Dodge Journey were given to the Salvation Army during its recent annual Tree of Lights Kickoff in Omaha, Neb., thanks to the local CARSTAR owners, State Farm, Baxter Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Keystone, among others, in conjunction with the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides program. A 2009 Dodge Journey was donated by State Farm Insurance. Technicians at CARSTAR Silver Hammer in Omaha, Neb., volunteered their skills to repair and refurbish the SUV.