Midwest People & Places - June 2019
Malcom Auto Center in Andover, Kan., celebrates 100 years in business. Owners Pat and Steve Malcom assumed ownership of the business in 1983. Malcoms’ grandfather started the business in 1919 and ran it along with his son, Malcoms’ uncle. The shop features a 14-bay facility and a parts store.
The Iowa Automobile Dealers Association recently elected officers. Those elected were Jeff Finch, of Wes Finch Auto Plaza, in Grinnell, treasurer; John Gookin, of Gookin Ford Sales, in Story City, vice chairman; Mike Clemons, of Clemons Chevrolet, in Marshalltown, chairman; Matt Brown, of Bob Brown Buick-GMC, in Ankeny, secretary; and Jeff Haun, of Riley Mazda-Subaru, in Dubuque, immediate past chairman.
Continental Conveyor Plant, in Halstead, Kan., is celebrating itsed 80th anniversary. The plant opened in 1939, started by tire repairman Ed Toevs, who called the shop the Rub-R-Slat Draper Co. In 1940, Toevs partnered with Everett Legg. In 1964, the company was renamed, Legg Co. Inc. Today, the 182,000-square-foot plant sits on 14 acres, 30 miles northwest of Wichita, in central Kansas.
WIN College Student Tuition and Conference Scholarship Awards were presented to students enrolled in post-secondary collision repair technology programs. Each recipient receives a $1,000 scholarship to continue their post-secondary education in collision repair and complimentary registration to attend the 2019 WIN Educational Conference. Local winners included Nicole Gutierrez, Washburn Tech; Cheyenne Purchase, Metropolitan Community College; and Hannah Quinteros, Washburn Tech.
The State of Nebraska Office of Apprenticeship, Norfolk Public Schools and Continental have initiated an apprenticeship program for more than 1,200 local high school students. The apprenticeship program is designed for Norfolk high school junior or senior class students with a 2.5 GPA or higher. The student also must be taking part in the auto body or metal careers academy at the school.
Tim Cummings, of Rick’s Automotive in Springfield, Mo., retired after 32 years as service advisor and general manager. The shop recently celebrated his retirement with an open house which included appetizers and beverages.
Rick White, of 180BIZ, recently completed a tour of MWACA chapter events and presented a training session, “KPIs: Your Path to Profit.” White said, “The truly successful owner embraces the ‘business’ side of his shop. He understands that to achieve the dream he needs to focus on planning and execution - not activity.” Training was held for MWACA Kansas City, MWACA Central Missouri, and MWACA Des Moines.
Collision Repair Education Foundation has partnered with CARSTAR to provide uniforms to students at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Neb. Uniforms were provided by the Omaha/Lincoln CARSTAR locations. Students will graduate this summer from MCC’s accelerated program. The program gives students a chance to obtain an associate degree in collision in nine months. The intent is to encourage body shops to sponsor student work uniforms providing them with a professional appearance.
Bill’s Auto Paint and Supply, in Olathe, Kan., is adding to its product lines. The store, owned and operated by Bill Duncan, his wife, Toni Duncan, and his oldest daughter, Brandi Duncan, now has a full line of Valspar offerings, including Debeer Waterborne, Debeer Solvent, and VIM Industrial.
Gary Calvin Howard, 76, of Weir, Texas, passed away on May 7. The car customizer was born Aug. 4, 1942, in Modale, Iowa, and resided in Weir, Texas, for the past 32 years, having moved from Glenwood, Iowa. Howard and his brother, Dale, worked together at Mel’s Body Shop in Glenwood. He then opened his own body shop in town, starting a custom car career that would make his name well known among industry circles. Howard moved to Texas in 1985 and opened Gary Howard Customs.
Bill Vocasek, a current I-CAR Instructor, Weld Test Administrator, Lincoln Nebraska Committee Chairperson and an instructor at Southeast Community College in the Auto Collision Repair Program, was honored with the Founder’s Award for his dedication and service to I-CAR at the recent 2019 I-CAR Volunteer & Instructor Conference held in Orlando, Fla. Vocasek has served on the I-CAR Education Industry Segment Advisory Council since 2016.