Regional Coverage

Madison, Ind.—Collision repair professionals can learn about the latest industry news, techniques and equipment by following Chief Automotive Technologies’ new “Collisionology” blog. Launched in April at blog.chiefautomotive.com, “Collisionology” provides readers with insights to help them succeed...
Merriam, Kan.—When he was a child, Gregg Cheshire used to take things apart just to see how they worked. He said he also got pretty good at putting them back together, too. That passion inspired him to start a career in the automotive repair industry, where he started like many others, working his...
Fairview Heights, Ill.—After some 15 years in nearby Collinsville, Stone Wheel has relocated its southwestern Illinois warehouse to a facility in Fairview Heights within blocks of busy Illinois 159 and its equally busy intersection with Interstate 64. The new Fairview Heights warehouse is one of 17...
Sacramento, Calif.—Transitioning from technician to business owner is not as simple as hanging a shingle outside one’s door and expecting business to rush in. But a scant three years later after leaving his job as painter at a large MSO collision repair shop, through careful, methodical growth,...
Appleton, Wis.—Miller Electric Mfg. Co.’s (www.MillerWelds.com) Digital Infinity Series welding helmets feature the largest viewing area in the industry, according to the company, with a 13.4-square-inch viewing area to eliminate tunnel vision. The four arc sensors have four modes: weld, cut, grind...
Omaha, Neb.—Amtech Auto Care Center just may have been the lowest priced auto repair shop in Omaha when Owner Gary Jeck started the business in 1989. That’s because he was “passing the bucks,” saving his customers as much money as possible by installing cheaper parts. And while he said it felt good...
Troy, Mo.—When he’s not overseeing his four NAPA Auto Parts stores in Troy, Warrenton, Elsberry, and Wentzville, Owner Bob Adams can often be found assisting customers behind the counter. Whether it’s for retail or wholesale customers, it’s what he’s enjoyed most about being in the business since...
Torrance, Calif.—Engine hardware is being developed in conjunction with lower viscosity fluids that are applicable in all types of climates, from extreme cold to tropical, to offer increased fuel economy, an important benefit in meeting escalating CAFE standards, said Doug McGregor, product manager...
San Diego—Mitchell has implemented a seamless two-way interface of Mitchell RepairCenter solution and the PaintManager software color formula retrieval system. Working in tandem, the two systems will help collision facility customers save time and reduce errors by eliminating the need for shop...
June 25-28 * Summer Retreat, ASA Northwest, Shilo Inn, Seaside, Ore. Visit www.asanorthwest.com for details and registration. July 3-5 * Pacific Northwest Historics, sponsored by SOVREN Vintage Racing, Pacific Raceways, Kent, Wash. Visit www.sovrenracing.org. July 9-12 * 2015 Portland Vintage...

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