Regional Coverage

Seattle—The Automotive Technology program at West Seattle High School, one of the oldest schools in the state’s largest public school system, is doing well and servicing 110 students daily, said instructor Charles Ketler, who just began his second year teaching the two-tier program. Though a...
COLORADO The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of collision repair centers in Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction, previously operated as Perri’s Collision Repair & Refinishing. “These locations establish a foothold for us in western Colorado to complement our 14 locations focused on...
Battle Ground, Wash.—Jerry Daniels would like to see his business, Touch of Class Auto Body, continue to grow, but believes it’s better to focus on building a quality team rather than rapid growth. “We want the best here. That is our goal. Only the best,” Daniels said. “We’ve let a couple...
Platte Woods, Mo.—After 10 years in business, many of April Ryan’s customers have become like family, sharing in her celebration of milestones such as the birth of her children. So when loyal customers — and newcomers, too — come to Platte Woods Precision Auto Care, she said she and the shop’s...
ALASKA      NAPA Auto Tech will stage three “Dynamic Engine Testing” classes in the state in November. Class sites are in Fairbanks at the Hutchison Career Center on Nov. 11-17 (contact Jay McFetridge at 907-388-2592), the Wasilla NAPA Training Center on Nov. 11-18 (contact Andy Rogers at 907-745-...
Overland Park, Kan.—Jack Ireland is excited to show off the technology in the shop and classrooms at Johnson County Community College (JCCC). As department chair and associate professor, he’s worked hard to modernize the Automotive Technology program. “It’s what sets us apart,” Ireland said, as he...
NATIONAL Green Car Journal is rescinding the Green Car of the Year awards previously honoring the 2009 VW Jetta TDI and 2010 Audi A3 TDI, the first time that has occurred in the award program’s decade-long history. Audi of America President Scott Keogh has informed Green Car Journal that Audi will...
Olathe, Kan.—BF Bodyworks’ owner and operator Floyd Foster knows it’s an oft-repeated sentiment in the collision repair industry, but it rings true. “We’ve always wanted to do the highest quality repair possible,” he said. “Of course, that’s what every shop says. But we’ve really driven that to our...
Sacramento, Calif.—Rick Norton, owner of Precision Automotive Service, said being an ACDelco Professional Service Center, a NAPA Autocare Center and in the Factory Motor Parts Partners Network offers several benefits, from parts to value-added services. “Our first call is Factory Motor Parts,” he...
MIDWEST REGION ASA-Midwest is accepting applications for its 2016 Vision Awards and Scholarships including, Service Facility of the Year, Humanitarian Award, Best Website, Green Star Service Facility Award, The Robert L. O’Connor Memorial Scholarship, VISION Technical Scholarship, and ASA-Midwest...

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