Midwest People & Places - February 2018
CARSTAR Don & Ron’s Collision Center was named the January Small Business of the Month by the Greater Omaha Chamber in recognition of their excellent customer service and community involvement. It has been caring for Omaha auto body repair needs for morew than 50 years. The shop has received many accolades for its work in the Greater Omaha area and was named Best of Omaha Winner in 2016 and 2017, Omaha’s Choice Finalist 2016, Best of the Big O First Place Winner 2016, Business of the Year Ralston Chamber of Commerce 2015 and received a 2015 Milestone Award from the Omaha Chamber of Commerce for achieving 50 years in business. They are also multiple BBB Integrity Award recipients.
Continental has announced a $9.3 million expansion of the rubber mixing operations at its industrial hose plant in Norfolk, Neb., to accommodate its North American manufacturing facilities by providing rubber for industrial hoses and whitewall tires for passenger cars. “We have plans to add in excess of 19,000 square feet to expand our rubber mixing capabilities and better serve our internal and external customers,” said Dan Granatowicz, plant manager. “We anticipate that the expansion will enable us to add in excess of 30 associates.” The Northeast Nebraska plant, less than 40 years old, currently employs slightly more than 360 associates. Granatowicz said that construction work will begin immediately and be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2019.
Randy Wilkens of Kwik Kar Automotive, Kansas City, Mo., received an Innova 5100 CarScan ABS/SRS tool as part of an Epicor Software Corporation promotion, which continues through May 31. Epicor will award a total of 12 premium Innova scan tools to Epicor ISE customers via monthly drawings. Businesses using the web-based solution automatically will earn one free entry with each order generated and completed through the solution.
The Holman Automotive Group will open a new Audi Shawnee Mission that replaces its existing facility in Lenexa, Kan. It will feature a three-lane service drive and breezeway that allows customers to drop off their vehicle for service. The garage doors automatically open when customers pull up their vehicle, which shields them from the elements. Next to the drive is a 15-bay service garage.
Legislation has been introduced in the Iowa Senate to provide for the creation of license plates for special-interest vehicles in the state. They are vehicles used solely for public displays, parades, related pleasure or hobby activities, or occasional transportation not related to the person’s business or occupation. Iowa already allows for the registration of antique, replica, street-rod, and year-of-manufacture plates. The bill has been assigned to the Senate Transportation Committee.
Christian Brothers Automotive’s has amped up its franchise growth plans and is in the process of expanding into new markets. With more than 170 units in 25 states, Christian Brothers Automotive is targeting markets in Chicago, Cleveland, Phoenix, Ariz., Des Moines, Iowa; Richmond, Va., Indianapolis and St. Louis. The brand plans to open up more than 20 new locations in 2018, with eight locations slated to open during the first quarter.