Regional Coverage

St. Charles, Mo.—With a total of 19 classes in management, collision repair, or technical categories, there was plenty of information to soak up at the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Missouri’s (AASP-MO) 34th annual EXCEL Trade Show & Training Conference, Sept. 18-19, at the St....
ALASKA NAPA AutoTech will be presenting “Dynamic Engine Testing” classes in November at Hutchison Career Center in Fairbanks (Nov. 17; contact Jay McFetridge at 907-388-2592), at the NAPA Training Center in Wasilla (Nov. 18; contact Andy Rogers at 907-745-6272), and at the East Dowling NAPA Auto...
Red Bud, Ill.—In a town with a population of 3,500 that supports six body shops, Red Bud CARSTAR Collision Center finds ways to come out on top, from customer satisfaction to cycle time and well-trained staff. “We’re really saturated, but we have a fair amount of industry here which draws out-of-...
NATIONAL The Auto Care Association has launched its interactive Industry Job Board on autocarecareers.org, promoting career opportunities in the auto care industry to college students and recent graduates, military veterans and technical schools. The Industry Job Board offers the industry at large...
ILLINOIS Service King Collision Repair Centers announced expansion in the Chicago area through the acquisition of Riverdale Body Shop and its eight premier collision repair facilities. It now offer 22 locations across the area. An area of rapid growth for Service King in 2015, the Riverdale...
Oct. 1-31 * Fall Car Care Month (Be Car Care Aware campaign), coordinated by the Car Care Council, various sites across the U.S. and in the Northwest. Visit www.carcare.org for information on planning an event. Oct. 3 * Annual Pacific Northwest Lights-on Campaign (in conjunction with Fall Car Care...
St. Joseph, Mo.—In business for 31 years, Collision Repair Specialists has done what it takes to stay on top of the latest trends, processes, and equipment. The largest of the Eaton Group of Companies, it consolidated its two locations — at the north and south ends of town — into a former new-car...
Riverside, Calif.—Tony Solorio, owner of AutoTech since its opening in 1992, said he and his team takes the proactive approach that every customer should be aware of their vehicle’s condition before it leaves the shop. “When a vehicle comes in for any service, we do a free 38-point courtesy safety...
Kansas City, Mo.—It used to be a lot easier checking for bad shocks and struts on a car, Jerry Singer, owner of Singer Automotive, said. “If the car bounced when you pushed the front and rear bumpers, it probably needed work.” As suspensions have improved over the year, Singer’s technique doesn’t...
Placentia, Calif.—Dan Guy, owner of Yorba Linda Auto Service since 2000, said his business has grown considerably in the past two years, thanks to making staff changes, implementing new marketing strategies, and increasing the shop size by 2,500 square feet. “We took over the unit next to our shop...

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