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In-stock parts, early-morning and hotshot deliveries lower customers’ cycle times St. Louis—There’s a nip in the air on this early April morning, the sun still hanging low on the horizon as 30 local and seven out-of-town delivery drivers for the Lou Fusz Automotive Network load their trucks in a...
St. Louis—When he isn’t running his repair shop or turning wrenches alongside his two technicians, Stan Niemeier, owner of Stan’s Auto Service, is a maintenance supervisor on the Bi-State Development Agency’s MetroLink light rail train. Packing a whopping 900 volts, working on hybrids’ relatively...
O’Fallon, Ill.—Traditionally, collision repair shops serving a non-transient population could rely on doing superior work to generate not only repeat business, but create word-of-mouth advertising for additional traffic. That was followed by insurance companies driving DRP work to shops. And now,...
New location for Toyota and Honda dealerships provides state-of the-art facilities Seattle—After years of operating blocks apart in the crowded downtown corridor, Toyota of Seattle and Honda of Seattle now have a combined six-story location on Airport Way South in the stadium (SODO) district of...
OREGON Nissan sold its 75,000th electric Leaf to Rishabh Mehandru of Portland, an engineer at Intel who commutes 30 miles a day from home to work. “I found I was inhaling a lot of exhaust from gas-powered cars that passed me on the road, and was aware of the amount of fuel I was burning (to commute...
Linn, Mo.—Students involved in SkillsUSA from high schools and post-secondary schools throughout the state got a chance to prove their mettle at the Missouri SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference, March 26-28, at the State Technical College of Missouri. Winners in the state contest will...
Kelso, Wash.—Like most Northwest collision repair shops, Wheeler’s Collision & Paint hasn’t repaired a 2015 Ford F-150 yet. But Joe Wheeler says bring it on. “Aluminum repairs do not scare us,” Wheeler said. “We know how to work on aluminum vehicles. We’ve been working on them for the last 30...
Shawnee, Kan.— Just 23 miles up the road from Shawnee Mission Ford at Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Mo., the first aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 rolled off of the assembly line in mid-March. It’s one of only two plants in the country building the new truck, and the first mass-produced...
Montebello, Calif.—One of the oldest Chevrolet dealers in the U.S. is Chevrolet of Montebello, formerly Ostrom Chevrolet, opened in 1929, Chris Teague, dealer principal, said. “We put together a deal with the previous owner and opened as Chevrolet of Montebello on May 1, 2010,” he said. “We chose...
Irvine, Calif.—The Automotive Service Councils of California (ASCCA) will present its 2015 Summer Conference, June 12-14, at the Irvine Marriott Hotel, featuring expanded management training sessions and technical training tracks, 2015 ASCCA president Steve Vanlandingham said. “This year’s theme is...

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