From left: Brad Ruder, Nathan Ebert, Reggie Graham, Ron Garcia, Aidan Dunleavy, Jeremy Henry, Meeghan Dunleavy, Dana Henry, Andy Baldassarre and Dustin Willhite accepted Wichita Business Journal’s 2018 Manufacturing, Wholesale and Distribution Awards.CARSTAR Collision Specialists in Wichita, Kan., was voted the first-place winner for “Best Auto Body Repair Shop.”An artist’s rendering of DMACC’s Automotive Technology Center after renovations are complete.Fred Bremmerkamp passed away Oct. 8.

Midwest People & Places - November 2018


Midwest Wheel Companies has announced that Don Reimondo is one of two recipients of its 25th Annual Don Shoemaker/Scott Wilson Sales Professional of the Year Awards. It was presented to Reimondo by John Minor, president and CEO of Midwest Wheel Companies, during a ceremony at the Legacy Golf Club as a part of the company’s 40th Annual Sales Meeting. Midwest also has announced Shawn Pitts as a recipient of its 25th Annual Don Shoemaker/Scott Wilson Sales Professional of the Year Award.

BG Products has received three awards as part of the Wichita Business Journal’s 2018 Manufacturing, Wholesale and Distribution Awards. With more than 100 companies nominated, the Wichita, Kan.-based BG accepted awards for the following categories: Emerging Leader, Export, and Overall Excellence. Jeremy Henry, BG director of operations, was chosen as the 2018 Emerging Leader. The addition of new authorized distributors internationally as well as the creation of a Wholly Foreign-Owned Enterprise, BG Automotive Products Trading (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., made BG the leader in the Export category. The final award was for Overall Excellence.

North Kansas City Schools – Career and Technical Education Center, Kansas City, Mo., is among four finalists for the 2018 School of the Year competition, sponsored by WIX Filters in conjunction with O’Reilly Auto Parts and Tomorrow’s Tech magazine. The winner will be announced during AAPEX in Las Vegas on Oct. 29. The winning school will receive: $5,000 WIX Filters donation to the school’s program, O’Reilly and WIX Filters gear, and an appearance by either the WIX or O’Reilly Auto Parts marketing unit.

MWACA’s Southeast Iowa Chapter will feature “What Keeps You Up at Night?,” an industry roundtable with Sheri Hamilton to discuss the concerns and fears of owning and managing a repair shop in today’s economy, at Pizza Ranch, 708 N. Grand Ave., Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, on Thursday, Nov. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information, email

CARSTAR Collision Specialists in Wichita, Kan., was voted the first-place winner for “Best Auto Body Repair Shop” in the Transportation category in a Reader’s Choice Competition by the Wichita Eagle newspaper for the third year in a row. “Our dedicated staff at our two Wichita locations provide quality repairs and take the stress out of having an accident.  We are honored that our customers voted for us,” said Greg Petersen, owner, CARSTAR Collision Specialists East and CARSTAR Collision Specialists West.

Kukui has formed a partnership with the Midwest Auto Care Alliance (MWACA). In this partnership, any member of Midwest Auto Care Alliance who joins Kukui will receive an exclusive benefits package for Kukui’s All-in-One Success Platform. “Kukui continues to deliver cutting-edge products to the industry along with superior levels of customer service,” said Sheri Hamilton, executive director for MWACA. “Our association is honored to renew our long-term partnership and appreciate their support as MWACA supports our membership in new and innovative ways.”

Mike Schneider began his new role as CARSTAR director of franchise development in the south central U.S, covering Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. “CARSTAR allows independents to remain independent but have the strength of our organization, with more than 600 shops out there,” he said.

Husband and wife Ron and Stacey Narron is opening their new shop, BBL (Battery, Brakes, and Lube) Auto Express at 200 E Morrow St., in Marshall, Mo., in November, the site of the former Ivy Haven Motel, where they will offer detailing, express lube, and general maintenance.

Construction is expected to begin in spring for a $12 million renovation and expansion at the Automotive Technology Center at Des Moines Area Community College’s (DMACC) Ankeny, Iowa, campus. DMACC President Rob Denson said the facility will expand by 20,000 square feet from its current 40,000 square feet, and will have nine classrooms renovated, as well as adding 22 bays, new classrooms, a student lounge, a conference room, and a showroom. Carl and Penny Moyer, owners of Karl Chevrolet in Ankeny, have donated $1 million to the project. The facility will be named the Karl Automotive Technology Center.

Eustis Body Shop owner Doug Keller and assistant manager Ryan Clark have opened their sixth Nebraska location, according to an article by the (Lincoln) Journal Star. Keller opened the first shop in his hometown of Eustis in 1979 and has grown the business to more than 50 employees.



Frederick “Fred” Eugene Bremmerkamp, 80, of Jefferson City, Mo., died in October. He and his wife, Pat, owned and operated Body Magic from 1977 until retirement in 2013. He was also the first instructor of Nichols Career Center at its inception in the 1976-1977 school year. He was a graduate of Trinity Lutheran School, Jefferson City High School, Jefferson City Junior College, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri.


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