Regional Coverage

Omaha, Neb.-After 50 years in business, Don & Ron’s CARSTAR Collision Center is not trying to stay the course — it’s trying to top itself year after year. The business won the Omaha Better Business Bureau’s Integrity Award in 2013, was a winner in the Best of Omaha contest by Omaha Magazine in...
Denver—An audience packed with owners, managers and estimators turned out for FinishMaster’s exclusive Denver-only “3M Professional Selling Skills Workshop for Estimators” on June 16, said Chris Johns, FinishMaster Automotive & Industrial Paint. “Due to popular demand we even added a second...
Edwardsville, Ill.—With the second wave of consolidation rolling across the country buying up independent shops, it may be tempting to think that MSOs, which thrive largely on their DRP relationships, could soon be the only game in town. But even industry merger and acquisitions experts recognize...
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...
Las Vegas—Nevada heat is a far way from Alaskan cool. But nevertheless, Jay McFetridge, a NAPA sales professional at NAPA Fairbanks, and his wife, Barbara, a service writer and in-house marketing developer for The Gas and Diesel Doctor, as well as the secretary for the Fairbanks NAPA Autocare...
Renton, Wash.—LKQ and Keystone Automotive continue to grow business in the Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington region, said Cory Anderson, general manager of the joint operations. At its 100,000-square-foot Renton facility, parts move through the warehouse 24 hours a day from 5 a.m.,...
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...
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...

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