River Valley People & Places - March 2019
Gipe Auto Color announced it will open the doors to its ninth location, serving the collision repair industry in the greater Lexington, Ky., area. The new location at 1051 Floyd Drive Suite 100 in Lexington will be open to customer walk-ins, over-the-phone ordering, fax orders and online ordering. Starting with one location in 1983, Gipe Auto Color Inc. now has locations serving Kentucky, southern Indiana, northern Tennessee, and southwest Illinois.
The St. Louis-based Enterprise Holdings Foundation continues its support of the Collision Repair Education Foundation with a contribution of $75,000 to support collision education. The donation benefits the entire industry by enhancing the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s ability to offer grants and scholarships to career and technical schools and colleges and the students attending these schools.
Indiana Gov. Eric J. Holcomb was honored by MEMA as the 2019 recipient of the association’s State Leadership Award, a special recognition given to state elected officials who have shown outstanding leadership on behalf of motor vehicle parts suppliers. “Governor Holcomb has proven time and again to be a friend to the important motor vehicle parts supplier industry,” said MEMA Executive Vice President of Government Affairs Bill Long.
Legislation (H.B. 1506) has been introduced in the Indiana House to exempt certain “collector vehicles” from the Motor Vehicle Excise Tax. To be eligible, a “collector vehicle” cannot be operated on the highway. In Indiana, a “Collector Vehicle” is defined as a vehicle at least 25 years old, that is owned and operated as a collector’s item, a leisure pursuit, or an investment and not used primarily for transportation. H.B. 1506 currently awaits consideration in the Roads and Transportation Committee.
Valvoline was chosen for the 15th annual list of Best Places to Work in Kentucky in the large company category (more than 500 U.S. employees) after a selection process, managed by the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Best Companies Group. Valvoline’s inclusion is based on an assessment of employee policies and procedures and the results of an employee survey.
Federal Mogul’s Garage Gurus will award up to $30,000 in scholarships to future automotive technicians who are accepted or currently enrolled in accredited, U.S.-based automotive technical schools, colleges, and universities, or enrolled full-time at a U.S. high school. To learn more about the Automotive Technician Scholarship Program, to submit an application, and to read the full set of rules and eligibility requirements, visit www.FMgaragegurus.com/scholarship.
Auto Plaza Ford-Ste. Genevieve employee Chrissi Coalter has been named one of 10 finalists for NADA Women In Automotive Contest. Coalter, a Mustang sales specialist, won a $500 dollar gift card for being named a finalist. She came to the dealership as a customer two years ago and “fell in love with the employees at the dealership. So they took me on and I stayed.” Shawna Pettus, co-owner of Auto Plaza Group added, “We are super proud of her!”
Economy Car Care Center recently opened a new location in Ellisville at 15996 Manchester Road in Ellisville, Mo. The new location is in the former LC Automotive facility. Owner Marc Pemberton and his staff held a grand opening recently to celebrate the new facilty.
Lewis and Clark Career Center is hosting a car and motorcycle show to raise funds to send students to Skills competitions. The show will be held on May 18th, from 10 AM to 2 PM. Staging starts at 8 AM at Lewis and Clark Career Center:2400 Zumbehl Rd, St Charles, MO 63301. There will be Trophies, door prizes. free spectator admission, spectator voting, hot food on site, 50/50 raffle
Cost is $15 pre-entry, $20 at the gate.Contact: Marty Acosta Phone: 636.443 4959 or email: Macosta@stcharlessd.org
Ralph L. Schneider, former owner of Mid States Auto Body & Supply, in Maryville, Ill., passed away at age 86 on Jan. 30. In earlier years he worked as the manager for Tri City Grocery, district manager of National food stores, and district manager of Archery Cookies. He was a past member of the Collinsville Sunrise Kiwanis, and board member of the Collinsville Chamber of Commerce.
NADA launches initiative to promote auto tech careers with the goal of promoting the value of dealership jobs, especially service technicians, in the retail auto and commercial truck industry. NADA Chairman, Charlie Gilchrist said, “We have developed the NADA Foundation’s workforce initiative over the past two years, after we identified a great need to harmonize efforts of automakers, training centers and dealerships, especially when it comes to recruiting technicians.”
Heath Harris of CARSTAR Arnold, MO named Region 5 Advisory Board Member as CARSTAR, recently announced its 2019 advisory council members for the U.S. and Canada. Region 5 includes Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. “We thank all of our advisory board members for their service and their dedication, benefitting the entire network of locally owned and operated franchise partners,” said Michael Macaluso, President of CARSTAR.
Following an internal search, the Jefferson College Board of Trustees has selected Dr. Dena McCaffrey, Dean of Career and Technical Education, as the institution’s eighth president to succeed Dr. Raymond Cummiskey who will retire on June 30, 2020. She will become the first female president in the community college’s nearly 60-year history.
South Tech High School students awarded for submissions in MVTAP’s video contest. Winners were Joe McGee;Valley Park High School (1st place), Tyler Hemmelgarn;Mehlville Senior High School (2nd place), and Sam Roedner; Oakville High School (3rd place). They were awarded cash prizes and car products donated by area shops. The contest was facilitated by Shelley Jones at Performance Sales Solutions and Gene Slattery of Automotive Technology, Inc.
APSA of Illinois member; former general manager and vice president of E. Blankenship and Company (Federated Auto Parts) passed away recently. Clarence "Penny" W. Bagby Jr. passed away on Feb. 15th at the age of 81.