Regional Coverage

Kevin and Lori Ball were quick to see the need for pre- and post-repair scanning to restore pre-loss condition.
Leadington, Mo.—Kevin and Lori Ball, who opened Kevin Ball Auto Body in 1990, have long been early adopters of the latest collision repair developments. They attended PPG MVP management training in the early 2000s, converted to PPG’s Nexa Aquabase paint, from Licari Auto Body Supply, in 2005, and...
Colin Harris is a Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper Technician of the Year finalists.
MIDWEST Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper announced that Colin Harris, of Highway 7 Service Center in Newall, Iowa, is among 13 Technician of the Year finalists. The shareholder member for Harris is The Merrill Company. They will take a custom-tailored Automotive Service Excellence test to determine...
Nathan Griffin works the front counter at Yakima Automotive, a shop he purchased just under two years ago.
Yakima, Wash.—When Nathan Griffin joined the staff at Yakima Automotive as general manager five years ago, he said he became part of a dynasty that Robert Allgaier began in 1979 when the full-service repair shop was opened. “Bob created a remarkable atmosphere for honesty and customer service, and...
Vintage racers compete in 2017 SOVREN Fall Finale at Kent's Pacific Raceways.
IDAHO      Commercial Tire, founded in Boise, is celebrating its 50th anniversary as a family-owned business. Founder and CEO Bob Schwenkfelder started the business in 1968 and his son, Trent, heads the company operation today. From one location in Boise, the company has grown to 45 stores in Idaho...
From left: Kevin Sturm, Jami Sturm, Al Sturm and Carleigh Sturm are striving to achieve “5 in 5” – five shops in five years. A Good Shop opened its second location two years ago.
Northglenn, Colo.—Al Sturm still remembers the day the name for his shop, “A Good Shop” Auto Body & Paint, came to him while he was working as an independent insurance adjuster handing a customer a claims check. “The first thing he asked me was, ‘Now what do I do?’ and I told him that he needed...
Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper announced that Ronald D. Leach Jr., of Byrne’s Garage in New Albany, Ind., is among 13 Technician of the Year finalists. The shareholder member for Leach is Moog Louisville Warehouse. They will take a custom-tailored Automotive Service Excellence test to determine...
Owner Rick Camacho at Automotive Consultants was factory-trained by Porsche as he entered the industry in 1974.
Dublin, Calif.—In an industry where things change literally every day, Rick Camacho, the owner of Automotive Consultants isn’t afraid to adjust quickly. At age 65, many shop owners are eyeing retirement, but Camacho is still going strong and embracing this rapid evolution gladly. “I’m definitely...
Georgia Seipel was inducted into the Sonoma Raceway Wall of Fame.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA The three-bay car service, Fast Track Oil Change, has opened in Middleton, reports National Oil & Lube News. Middletown’s Store 24 owner Palani Velloo opened Fast Track Oil Change, adjacent to Store 24. It is the only car service nearby for residents in Middletown, Cobb and...
Tire’s Warehouse has opened a 122,000-square-foot distribution center in Fresno.
Tire’s Warehouse Inc. (TWI) opened a new 122,000-square-foot distribution center in Fresno in early July, bridging the gap between TWI’s Southern and Northern California branches. It is the company’s eighth warehouse and brings its total distribution center square footage to more than 700,000. “The...
Kenneth L. Selinger has joined APC.
NATIONAL Kenneth L. Selinger has joined APC Automotive Technologies (APC) as vice president of Product Management for Centric Parts. The announcement was made by Greg Woo, president of Centric Parts, who noted that Selinger will be responsible for all market research, competitive analysis and...

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