Regional Coverage

Nov. 3 * LeMay Annual Benefit Dinner & Dance, Marymount Event Center, Tacoma. Visit www.lemaymarymount.org. Nov. 3-4 * Bremerton Auto Swap Meet, Kitsap County Fairgrounds, Bremerton, Wash. Visit www.ovac.us. Nov. 8-11 * Seattle International Auto Show, CenturyLink Field Event Center, Seattle....
Mike and Peggy Bryant have owned and operated the shop for more than three decades and now serve second and third generation customers.
Redding, Calif.—As an Gold I-CAR shop, Mike Bryant says Artistic Body & Paint and staff have to stay on top of training to maintain its status and repair new technology as it rolls off the assembly lines. “I-CAR is a great resource for us, because they provide us with the latest information and...
Shelly Jones has formed Performance Sales Solutions to “connect buyers and sellers” in the St. Louis-metro market.
St. Louis—With experience in sales, marketing, and operations dating back nearly 15 years in automotive and collision repair, Shelly Jones struck out on her own in October as president of her new company, Performance Sales Solutions, to “connect buyers and sellers” in the St. Louis-metro and metro-...
Three-time Top Fuel champion Antro Brown asks job fair attendees if they are interested in working for a race team.
Madison, Ill.—Like all worthy pursuits, reaching the top of his sport took a lot of “work into being great,” said three-time NHRA Top Fuel dragster champion Antron Brown, as he spoke to automotive service and collision repair students at the St. Louis I-CAR Collision and Automotive Job Fair Sept....
Byron Brown, Denver site manager, says that Diesel Forward, with its national presence, brings additional resources to both the employees of the former CMP and its customers.
Denver–In August, Diesel Forward, Inc., a Wisconsin-based diesel parts distributor and component remanufacturer, closed on a deal to purchase the assets of Central Motive Power (CMP) – a staple diesel parts distributor and rebuild business in Colorado since 1926. According to Byron Brown, Denver...
Shelly Jones, Business Development manager for Performance Sales Solutions, and Gene Slattery, CEO of Automotive Technology Inc. (ATI), attended Ranken’s career fair. Jones is also president of Women in Auto and Collision’s (WAC) St Louis Chapter, which promotes growth of female roles within the automotive industry.
St. Louis—“We need young, qualified technicians and support staff.” That was the consensus among the 50-plus employers from the automotive industry, who recently attended Ranken Technical College’s career fair in October. Fixed Operations Manager Derek Christian and Service Manager Andy Stumm of...
Larry H. Miller Colorado Chrysler Jeep presented a check for $10,000 to Ability Connection Colorado.
COLORADO Les Schwab Tire Centers purchased 6030 E. Colfax Ave. and the adjacent 1459 Kearney St. parcel in Denver for $1.1 million, according to county records. The two parcels add up to 0.72 acres, making the deal worth $35.25 a square foot. The site is undeveloped. The chain has 10 locations in...
From left: Brad Ruder, Nathan Ebert, Reggie Graham, Ron Garcia, Aidan Dunleavy, Jeremy Henry, Meeghan Dunleavy, Dana Henry, Andy Baldassarre and Dustin Willhite accepted Wichita Business Journal’s 2018 Manufacturing, Wholesale and Distribution Awards.
MIDWEST Midwest Wheel Companies has announced that Don Reimondo is one of two recipients of its 25th Annual Don Shoemaker/Scott Wilson Sales Professional of the Year Awards. It was presented to Reimondo by John Minor, president and CEO of Midwest Wheel Companies, during a ceremony at the Legacy...
From left: The counter professionals at Engine Components & Machine (ECM), including Jose “Chilli” Behena, parts manager, Don Boydstun, owner, Enrique Mendoza, engine builder, and Ed Flint, shop manager, all have more than 20 years of experience in engine parts and rebuilding.
Santa Ana, Calif.—Don Boydstun, owner of Engine Components & Machine (ECM), said cutting out the middleman by being a factory warehouse for major engine component companies is a key factor in helping the shop achieve 25-percent growth over last year. Helping that expansion is ECM’s 10,000-...
This photo is of Travelers Body & Fender Works, in Fresno, in 1965. The owner at the time, Orval Minnis, is pictured top row center. Jim Minnis, bottom row to the right, recently had the shop acquired by Caliber Collision.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA It’s time to prepare for the minimum wage changes that begin Jan. 1, 2019. In 2016, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed SB 3, making California the first state in the nation that committed to raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour statewide. Under the bill, California’s...

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