Midwest People & Places - January 2019
Technician John Gengel of Bellevue Tires & Auto Service has won the Gates/ASE Master Automobile & L1 Technician of the Year award. Overall, 52 automotive professionals were recently recognized at the Fall Board of Governors meeting of ASE in Florida. The annual awards banquet spotlights top scorers on the ASE Certification Tests. In addition to looking for top scores on ASE tests, award sponsors examine on-the-job excellence, community service and other factors when selecting honorees.
Midwest Auto Care Alliance (MWACA) has created a new memorial scholarship to honor the late Harvey Chan, which will be awarded at VISION 2019. The Harvey Chan Technical Scholarship was established in 2018 to commemorate the life of Harvey Chan and to continue his legacy. The scholarship will be awarded annually for a recipient to attend technical training at the VISION Hi-Tech Training & Expo. Scholarship recipients will receive a four-day Power Pass training package and ticket to the Awards Dinner/Comedy Night.
As part of its strategic efforts to grow into new target markets, Christian Brothers has added eight new members to its senior leadership team. The company stated that the recently appointed leaders are all primed to jumpstart various aspects of the brand’s franchising initiatives going into 2019 and beyond.
Telle Tire & Auto Centers announced the addition of a Jefferson City location at the former Kwik Kar Lube & Tune storefront off Truman Boulevard. The former Kwik Kar location had limited services available and the new Telle Tire location will be a full-service shop.
Gerber Collision & Glass is opening five collision repair centers in the Kansas City market. Three will be in Kansas City, one in Smithville, and the other in St. Joseph. All were previously operated as A & B Body Shop Inc. Gerber will now operate collision centers in 25 states.
The Kansas Auto Body Association (KABA) recently held an estimating roundtable in Hays, Kan., to help attendees get a better understanding of estimating procedures and processes. KABA President Jeff Oldenettel said 12 facilities and 15 industry professionals were in attendance. KABA’s next event will be a trade show in Wichita, Kan., April 26-27. For more information visit www.kansasaba.com.
Washburn Tech in Topeka, Kan., recently gifted vehicle No. 25 in the NABC Recycled Rides program. A 2008 Chrysler Town and Country, donated by State Farm, was given to Kayla Hupp, a mother of four. In November 2011, Washburn Tech gifted their first vehicle with the hopes that they could do one vehicle a year. Now, seven years later they have presented their 25th vehicle.
The Iowa Collision Repair Association (ICRA) is ramping up industry education in 2019. January starts the year with an estimating roundtable Saturday, Jan. 12, in Des Moines. It will be an interactive day focusing on estimating procedures. The grassroots initiative is assisting shop owners and estimators to get back to the basics of “doing things right.” James Rodis, of the Woodhouse Collision Center in Blair, Neb., is working with NABA President Dave Yard to bring more “roundtables” to the industry. For updates on the time and location of the event, visit www.iowacra.com.
Joplin Automotive-NAPA has been awarded NAPA Auto Store of the Year for Kansas-Missouri region. Store Manager and Owner Jeff Mills was given the award at NAPA’s Annual Sales Planning Meeting held on Dec. 1. General Manager of NAPA Kansas City DC, Bill Hayes, said that the store exemplifies NAPA’s values and mission.
CARSTAR Metcalf has donated a car to local woman in need as part of the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides (NABC) event. A veteran from Kansas City, Mo., was gifted keys to a 2015 Nissan Altima 2.5 at a ceremony recently at the CARSTAR Metcalf facility in Stilwell, Kan. Karen Carter Veal was chosen by Veterans Community Project (VCP) in Kansas City. CARSTAR Metcalf technicians volunteered their skills to repair and refurbish the car, donated by Farmers Insurance. Other businesses and organizations donated, including LKQ Mid-America, Auto Detailing, Charity Cars and NABC.
Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists has acquired AWRS Midwest. The acquisition includes AWRS locations in St. Louis; Kansas City, Mo; and Kansas City, Kan.