Regional Coverage

Kansas Auto Body Association members at the first meeting include, from left, Jamie Leonard, Jeff Oldenettel, Ementi Coary, and Tony Adams.
Kansas City, Kan.—Kansas collision repairers have not had an organization at the state level for several years. Talk began about changing that in November and forming the Kansas Auto Body Association, said President Jeff Oldenettel, who manages two Eddy’s Body Shop locations in Wichita. The group’s...
“Uncertainty and unfavorable factors appear to be mounting for autos, including a volatile stock market, rising interest rates, rising oil prices and potential trade roadblocks,” says Jeff Schuster, LMC Automotive.
Detroit—The new vehicle retail sales pace in April is expected to fall from a year ago, according to a forecast developed jointly by J.D. Power and LMC Automotive. The seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR) for retail sales is expected to be 13.5 million units, down 500,000 from April 2017....
Owner Michael Benét took over the shop in 2002 after being a loyal customer to the previous owners. Benét had previously controlled other business ventures and was a professional racecar driver.
Peoria, Ill.— Having been a loyal customer and frequent visitor to Kauth and Mayeur over the years, Michael Benét was honored to be offered the opportunity to purchase ownership rights of one of Peoria’s top import repair facilities. “I was approached by Peter Kauth and Brad Mayeur in 2002 as they...
The ASA Board and the directors of Lincoln Tech congratulate scholarship winner Robert Wierman.
COLORADO ASA Colorado will host several training seminars throughout the Denver-metro area and on the Western Slope in June. On June 5-6 from 6-9:30 p.m., Greg Marchand will deliver a seminar on “Telephone Skills” and “Dealing with Upset Customers” at Western Colorado Community College, Room 171,...
David Huntley (left) and Mike Millsap say Greg’s has multiple service and repair locations in the greater Seattle area with 56 employees.
Kent, Wash.—Brothers Greg and David Huntley were no strangers to the business world when they opened their first Greg’s Japanese Auto shop in Renton in January 1987. They had been involved in various ventures in Anchorage, Alaska, since they were teenagers, including operating an auto repair...
Jared Aftsten (right) and Daniel Garcia, both from Pikes Peak Community College, competed in the new Damage Analysis competition. Jared finished first at the high school level and Daniel finished second at the college level.
Colorado Springs, Colo.—Six Colorado collision industry students are headed to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, June 25-29, in Louisville, Ky., in June instead of the usual four. Forty-eight students from five technical schools across the state competed in the Colorado 2018...
MIDWEST 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division and the Collision Repair Education Foundation announced 33 recipients in the 2018 3M Hire Our Heroes awards. The recipients included students who have served or are currently serving in the military and their family members. They include Taylor Bozarth,...
Parts Tony Guardian (right) and Wholesale Parts Consultants John Southwell (left) and Steven Totta are the cornerstones of the wholesale parts operation at Mercedes-Benz of Denver.
Denver metro—As the Denver-metro area continues its economic and population boom, its rapid growth isn’t just noticeable in new construction dotting the skyline, but also in the region’s automotive repair business. As independent service providers (ISP) proliferate, it’s becoming increasingly...
Rick Larsen wholesales parts manager (in black) says he owes the success of his department to the hard work of his warehouse staff and counter parts sales representatives surrounding him.
Laguna Niguel, Calif.—Mercedes-Benz of Laguna Niguel, which covers 22 acres, has been part a of the seaside community’s landscape for 45 years and has become one the largest Mercedes-Benz dealerships in Southern California. It is also back-to-back winners of the prestigious Best of the Best dealer...
Sonoma Raceway hosted the recent “Make the Future California” featuring Shell Eco-marathon Americas with more than 1,000 students from 99 high schools and universities across North and South America.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA G&C Auto Body is adding and expanding shops in Sonoma and Solano Counties, reported the North Bay Business Journal. G&C Auto Body has a dozen shops with the addition of a second Santa Rosa location earlier this year when it acquired Larkfield Body & Paint in the...

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