Michelle Johnson, senior manager, Aftersales Strategy for Nissan North America, addresses Ranken students and representatives during an announcement about their new partnership.Earl Flack (front, left), McKay NAPA Auto Parts president, along with staff and Make-A-Wish volunteers, present a check for Make-A-Wish Illinois.Barb Slattery celebrates her retirement from ATI with Jim Neumann (left), service and parts manager, and her son, President Doug Slattery.Fred Bremmerkamp passed away Oct. 8.

River Valley People & Places - November 2018


Ranken Technical College is launching a new educational partnership with Nissan North America that will provide automotive students with specialized training, certifications and additional career opportunities with Nissan and Infiniti dealerships. As part of Ranken’s Automotive Maintenance Technology program, students can choose to rotate between eight-week classes at Ranken, and eight-week internships at a Nissan or Infiniti dealership. The students will be able to take most of the entry-level training that is required of Nissan’s technicians via Web-based training. Graduates hired full-time by a participating Nissan or Infiniti dealer may also receive tuition reimbursement incentives up to $6k over a two-year dealer employment period.

McKay NAPA Auto Parts has raised $63,211.69 for Make-A-Wish Illinois through a variety of fundraisers this year, culminating during McKay NAPA Auto Parts’ 13th Annual Tool & Equipment Show, Oct. 4, at The Crystal Ballroom, in Staunton, Ill.  McKay Corporation’s total amount raised throughout the years for Make-A-Wish Illinois is $480,611.29. This year’s 2018 McKay Corporation check will be presented to Make-A-Wish Illinois Volunteers in early December.

St. Louis-based Associated Equipment Corporation (AEC) has announced the Model 12-2415 Battery and Electrical System Tester was selected as winner of MOTOR Magazine’s Top 20 Tools Award. “We are excited that our new graphical tester is a Top 20 Tool for 2018.  Our new tester is capable of testing most battery types, including AGM, WET/Flooded and Enhanced Flooded (stop-start), using a graphical interface for simplified multi-lingual use”, said Kimberly Cottle, president and CEO of AEC. The Model 12-2415 Battery and Electrical System Tester was introduced in June 2018.

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.

The Nov. 8 Indy Chapter meeting of the Indiana Auto Body Association (IABA), will include discussions on how to get compensated for paint and body materials. Educators from local collision repair schools will ask shop owners and managers what qualities they are looking for in a graduate, and AkzoNobel is partnering with IABA and the Collision Repair Education Foundation to raise money for those schools. For more information, email Debbie Moore, treasurer, at dmoore@diamond-collision.com or call 317-272-6820.

Barb Slattery celebrated her retirement from Automotive Technology Inc. (ATI) in October. “She was a very important part of ATI’s success for the last 36 years,” said her husband, CEO Gene Slattery. “She was the heart of ATI and kept us all in line. She helped many customers over the years and was a great partner with all our manufacturers, who know her very well.”



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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