Regional Coverage

Concord, Calif.-For 38 years, Mike and Nancy Hitchcock lived next door to their auto repair shop, Hitchcock’s Auto Service, which they built on their one-acre property outside the city limits. It’s a place where Mike Hitchcock said he could have easily retired, but instead, last November he decided...
St. Louis—It’s an indication of the busy state of affairs on a weekday morning at Ribaudo’s Auto Repair in the heart of south St. Louis that when owner Sam Ribaudo wants to have an extended conversation with a guest, he suggests moving to the overflow building behind his main facility. “It will be...
NORTHERN CALIFORINA For the second straight year, Mike’s Auto Body has been awarded the Farmers Insurance Regional Multiple Shop Organization (MSO) Group of the Year award for their work in 2014. The award, which recognizes the auto body company for its consistent delivery of outstanding customer...
Ferguson, Mo.—As more plastics are being used in car manufacturing, there’s more hidden damage with something as seemingly simple as a bumper repair or replacement, which can affect customer car rental lengths and billable items, said Jason Lonero, who runs 30-year-old Lonero’s Auto Body in...
NATIONAL Wells Manufacturing has officially adopted the Wells Vehicle Electronics name as its corporate identify. The change was made following the acquisition of the Wells business by global ignition products manufacturer NGK Spark Plug. Wells is a global manufacturer and supplier of advanced...
Dellwood, Mo.—Complete Auto Body & Truck Repair’s Dellwood, Mo., location, next door to Ferguson, recently reopened its doors in July with a remodeled store and brand-new Total Fleet Service expansion after being vandalized by last year’s riots. The original Total Fleet Service business opened...
Corona, Calif.—If there’s one thing that Jonny Lightning Owner Jon Kinne would say about his shop, it’s that it is anything but ordinary. On any given day he’ll be working on everything from a classic Camaro, Mustang, or Dodge Super Bee, to a slammed sport truck, a rock-crawler Jeep with an LS1...
ILLINOIS Exhibitor registration for The Auto & Truck Recyclers of Illinois Convention & Trade Show is now open. The event will be Sept. 18-19, at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, in Rosemont, and there will be a drawing for a Mexico trip for two for all that register. Attendee registration...
Vallejo, Calif.—Jim Boyle, who co-owns Regal Collision Repair with his wife, Shellie, said working in a collision shop requires effectively balancing chaos with production, and to be successful, it takes training, teamwork and community involvement. “Proper staging and communication are vital to...
Rancho Dominguez, Calif.—The nationwide “Garage Gurus” technical training network for automotive repair professionals has expanded to Los Angeles County with a July grand opening of a state-of-the-art training center in Rancho Dominguez. Established by global vehicle components manufacturer Federal...

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