River Valley People & Places - February 2019
Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes has released its 2019 shop calendar, showcasing a full year of vehicle designs which includes a 1960 Chevrolet Impala, painted by Jeremy Pruneau (Manns Restorations – Festus, Mo.) and a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro, painted by Tony Goodrich (Tony’s Rod & Custom – Bunker Hill, Ill.)
Jefferson College welcomed Vatterott students after all St. Louis-area Vatterott locations closed abruptly. The college will work with them to explore options by developing a personalized education plan and talking through issues such as financial aid and admissions. Campus locations include Hillsboro, Arnold, Imperial, and online.
A car caught fire and spread into the garage at Main Street Automotive in Belleville, Ill. The car had been parked up against the glass garage doors, and the fire went from the car and into the building. “The garage owner thinks the fuel line might have leaked,” Belleville Fire Chief Tom Pour said.
Family owned Tucker’s Automotive opened recently in Godfrey, Ill., at 124 Northport Drive. Owner Chuck Tucker has decades of history in the automotive industry and decided to open his own shop. He started out in his parents’ service stations and went on to work for several dealerships.
The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Illinois (AASP-I) will be hosting its 2019 annual meeting at the Diplomat West in Elmhurst, Ill., from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Feb. 23. The event will feature a keynote presentation by Mike Anderson, of Collision Advice, as well as a presentation delivered by Eric Newell, of asTech, an AASPI Elite Provider member. AASPI’s Annual Meeting will also feature the election of officers and directors, including Tim Paap, from Paap Auto Body.
Zara’s donated cash to Amigos En Cristo Ministries for each repair of a deer hit between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 2018 with 5 percent of the repair cost up to $250 per repair being donated for a grand total of $12,880. A check was presented to Amigos En Cristo Ministries founder Jerry Quick and board treasurer Gene Wilken January 14th at the Zara’s facility.
AASP-MO and Chip Hiemenz, of Hunter Engineering, presented ADAS training covering safety calibrations and the importance of a vehicle’s mechanical alignment to be corrected prior to re-calibrating. The event was held at Hunter Engineering in St. Louis.
North County Technical students won a cash prize in a recent video contest. Charlie Fuller won first place and Raymond Finnie took second place for their videos promoting their school’s automotive program. The contest was created by MV-TAP (Metro Vocational - Technical Assistance Program) and prizes were donated by ATI, Royal Gate Dodge, South County Dodge, LKQ, and Jim Butler Chevrolet.
Schaefer Autobody Centers donated $25,000 to Children’s Hospital St. Louis with funds raised during their first annual charity golf tournament played this past fall. This year’s tournament will be Sept. 23.
Missouri Anti-Safety Inspection Bill has been reintroduced by State Rep. J. Eggleston, assistant floor leader of the House. The legislation was introduced in the Missouri Legislature that seeks to repeal the state’s vehicle safety inspection program.
Ben Haag and Wally Sievers from Jasper Engines of St. Louis presented a framed copy of an article featuring Rhodes Engines in the November 2018 River Valley Edition of Parts & People. Jasper wanted to show their appreciation to the shop for being one of their best customers.
Illinois College Automotive Instructors Association Spring Conference to be held March 7-8, at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. The conference will feature a trade show and multiple technical sessions. For more information, contact Mike Behrmann at firstname.lastname@example.org