Regional Coverage

The annual “Race to the Holidays” Children’s Christmas Party at Sonoma Raceway has drawn more than 3,300 children since its inception in 2005.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA The California state minimum wage will increase on Jan. 1, to $11 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees and to $12 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees. More than 300 Sonoma Valley children enjoyed a festive day at Sonoma Raceway on Saturday at the 14th...
Darrin Ward (left) prepares a repair estimate as owner Felipe Hernandez points out the vehicle damage
Bloomington, Calif.—Owner Felipe Hernandez runs Detail Auto Body by what he says is a coming trend in the collision repair industry: Utilizing outside shops and mobile services for a portion of the repair process instead of having those individuals on staff. “We run a lean shop with only two full-...
Mike Melting, automotive instructor in Keizer, has been honored by his district for his efforts as a teacher and volunteer.
IDAHO Technician Dan Nelson of Larry Miller Subaru in Boise was recently honored at the ASE Annual Meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. He received the Subaru/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year award based on top scores on his ASE tests, as well as job excellence and community service. Nelson...
Chris Chesney
SeaTac, Wash.—The Automotive Service Association Northwest (ASA-NW) has announced the keynote speakers for the Automotive Training Expo (ATE), March 22-24, at the Doubletree Hotel adjacent to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The three-day extensive training event features speakers at two...
Eric Hummel, owner of 5 Star Auto Body, opened a new facility in Arnold, Mo.
RIVER VALLEY Eric Hummel, owner of 5 Star Auto Body, opened a new facility in Arnold, Mo., after Christmas and is located at 1535 Big Bill Road. It features 21,000 square feet and has a new Global Finishing ULTRA XD Truck Booth, mixing room and a DUAL CTOF Prep Booth, as well as Graco air and...
Before each vehicle goes into production, Jeff Oldenettel says Quality Control Researcher Elaine Morrow researches OEM information for each repair.
Wichita, Kan.—Jeff Oldenettel had a busy year in 2018. As collision services team leader of Eddy’s Body Shop, he manages 30 employees in two locations, which serve 10 storefronts in the Eddy’s and Steven dealership groups. He also helped lead the effort to form the Kansas Auto Body Association (...
Dave Conant is the 2019 recipient of the David F. Mungenast Lifetime Achievement Award.
Newport Beach auto dealer Dave Conant will be honored with the 2019 David F. Mungenast Lifetime Achievement Award during the American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA)’s 49th Annual Meeting and Luncheon on Jan. 27, in San Francisco. The award is presented each year to an industry...
General Manager Hector Jimenez and co-owners Kerrie and Erik Kohler
Sacramento, Calif.—Shop owners Kerrie and Erik Kohler embrace cutting-edge tools, equipment and products at Duane’s Body & Paint to repair an average 40 cars weekly. While other shops were still using solvent-based paint 11 years ago, Duane’s was spraying waterborne paint, and while others were...
 “This is by far a record for us and it is all thanks to our members and their staffs. I think we are going to need a bigger room,” said ATI’s Doug Slattery, event chairman.
Maryland Heights, Mo.— The banquet room of Syberg’s Restaurant was overflowing with unwrapped toys stacked on the floor around a Christmas tree at the AASP-MO Gateway Collision Chapter’s annual Toys For Tots Christmas Social. Puzzles, games, toys, and bikes were collected by association members...
Bryan Dorman, new owner of Clear Max Collision, bought the shop in April of 2018 from a long-time friend after leaving the industry for 18 years.
Colorado Springs, Colo. —It’s commonly joked about in the automotive industry that once you’re in, you can never get out - like the Eagles sing in “Hotel California” — “You can check out anytime you’d like, but you can never leave.” Bryan Dorman, the new owner of Clear Max Collision, is a case...

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