Regional Coverage

A recent Experian analysis of the automotive market found that the top 10 states accounted for nearly 60 percent of all new vehicle registrations during the second quarter of 2015, led by California at 12.6 percent. The remainder of the top 10 included Texas (9.9 percent), Florida (7.9 percent),...
Bloomington, Ill.—It’s been a good two years for shop owner and industry professional Russell Herman and his staff at Auto Motion, the NAPA AutoCare Center Herman owns with his wife, Shelli. Among other things, the viewers of WEEK-TV, the north-central Illinois NBC affiliate that covers both Peoria...
Linn, Mo.—With a variety of course options available, students at the State Technical College (STC) of Missouri can enter the workforce ready for a range of jobs in the automotive field. The Automotive Technology and Automotive Collision Technology programs have expanded in recent years at STC,...
San Jose, Calif.—Jeff Ryan’s opening of a third location for Michael J’s Collision Centers this fall doesn’t mean you’re more likely to find him behind a desk rather than in a shop production area. “I work 12 to 16 hours a day, Monday through Friday, but I usually spend 95 percent of that time out...
St. Louis—In these days of tight budgets, it’s good to see a community college give its automotive-studies program a vote of confidence by reinvesting through major upgrades in equipment and technology. So says Richard (Rick) Anthes, associate professor and department chair for St. Louis Community...
San Jose, Calif.—The recently formed Certified Collision Group (CCG) announced the launch of its 1stCERTIFIED brand platform with 17 independent collision repair centers.  The initial independently owned and operated affiliates are Blake’s Auto Body, LC Automotive Group and Pan American Collision....
ILLINOIS Effingham became the center of Corvette country for four days in mid-September. The action centered around the 160-acre campus of Mid America Motorworks, but also involved the city of Effingham. Activities included a Welcome Fest sponsored by the Effingham Convention and Visitors bureau, a...
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA Motorcar Parts of America (MPA) is the exclusive sponsor of the 2015 CAWA Annual Dinner Meeting at Caesars, in Las Vegas, Nov. 1. All proceeds from the event go to CAWA’s scholarship program. Contact Rodney Pierini at admin@cawa.org or 800-332-2292, ext. 1, for more CAWA Annual...
Temecula, Calif.—Consult-A-Tech is a full-service shop specializing in frame-off restorations of classic cars and trucks, performance mods, engine repair, wiring, and the installation of used and remanufactured engines and transmissions.  “We are one of the most trusted names in the area for...
Huntington Beach, Calif.—Students in the automotive technology program at Golden West College have plenty of alternatives close by. Cerritos, Cypress, and Rio Hondo colleges offer robust auto programs less than an hour’s drive to the northeast, as do Santa Ana and Saddleback colleges, to the south...

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Parts & People is published monthly by Automotive Counseling and Publishing Company, Inc., a Colorado corporation, P.O. Box 18731 Denver, CO 80203, 303-765-4664. President-Lance Buchner. Founded by Lance Buchner and Dave Lucia.