Regional Coverage

Huntington Beach, Calif.—On June 25, Gustafson Brothers Automotive Services opened the doors of its auto repair and collision shop to members of the Automotive Service Council of California (ASCCA) Chapter 48. Many of Gustafson’s key parts vendors had displays with promotional items, samples, and...
Lees Summit, Mo.—Jeff Knipp, owner of Summit Collision Center, started in the automotive industry as a service porter out of high school, but it wouldn’t be until facing unemployment many years later that he would find the springboard on which he’d throw himself toward ownership. “When I was...
Troy, Mo.—Surrounded by other independent repair shops, Scott’s Auto Service differentiates itself with a simple formula: quality parts, expert diagnosis and investing in the right tools and equipment. “We can fix anything the dealerships can, supported by high-end repair diagnosis with OEM scan...
Orange, Calif.—Redline Detection announced a new product, the Power Intake Adaptor Set, which features a pair of inflatable block off bladders with a pressurized vapor pass-through that allows technicians to test an entire boosted intake and exhaust system, end to end, quickly and easily. The...
San Jose, Calif.—Don and Bob Koss, brothers and co-owners of Koss Collision, have worked together in the paint and body business for nearly four decades.  After working at dealerships since the early 1980s, the Koss brothers opened their own shop in 2004. Once they found the right location, they...
Mountain View, Calif.—Big data is driving significant cost efficiencies in several aspects of the global trucking industry, from manufacturing of trucks and vehicle systems, to their operation and maintenance. Several leading OEMs and tier-1 suppliers have already started incorporating big data...
Troy, Mich.—The MERA-Golisano Remanufacturing and Sustainability Conference — co-hosted by the Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association (MERA) and the Golisano Institute for Sustainability — will be held on Sept. 30, at the MSU Management Education Center in Troy, Mich. The program is...
Santa Ana, Calif.—In recent years, Benjamin Mendoza Sr., president and CEO of family-owned Kelly’s Body Shop, said he has received more than one call from a multi-shop organization (MSO) wanting to buy his shop but, so far, he’s turned them down. “The biggest challenge for independent collision...
Portland, Ore.—Dave McCollum and his sons, Dave Jr. and Joey, agree that although they have done a lot of things right as owners and operators of McCollum Auto Body, they also haven’t been afraid of making mistakes. “We’re all human and mistakes happen,” Joey McCollum said. “When you learn from...
Colorado Springs, Colo.—Larry Ledom and Greg Budwine, who currently operate their own shops, will merge their businesses together at the beginning of next year and become joint owners of Ledom’s Performance Equipment & Diesel Repair, a full-service truck shop. “It seems like every other day we...

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