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ST. LOUIS (January 7, 2019) TechForce Foundation, a non-profit organization focused onchampioning students to and through their technical education and into careersas professional transportation technicians, has named Ranken Technical Collegegraduate Andrew Fields as “Rookie of the Year” in their...
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...
 “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...
Late Model Driver Bobby Pierce became a back-to-back winner of the Gateway Dirt Nationals’ main event, taking home $30,000 in the process.
St. Louis—The Dome at America’s Center was recently transformed into the center of attention for the dirt racing world with the 3rd Annual Gateway Dirt Nationals: Dirt in December. New in 2018 was the addition of the Midget division, which brought in new drivers and cars from all over the country,...
There will be more than 20 new exhibitors at VISION HI-Tech Training and Expo. MWACA Executive Director Sheri Hamilton says the event is further ahead in booth sales compared to any other year.
Gladstone, Mo.—It will be an exciting year for the upcoming VISION Hi-Tech Training and Expo, which will feature brand new training opportunities, fresh new trainers and exhibitors, and a celebration of the formation of MWACA (Midwest Auto Care Alliance). The event will be held from Feb. 28 through...
Mark Foppe, owner of Auto Tech Auto Center, says the future of the industry hinges on training and education in ADAS and vehicle information systems.
O’Fallon, Mo.—When Mark Foppe purchased AutoTech Auto Center in 2016, the foundation was already laid for him to takeover a successful shop by the previous owners, yet he knew there were new opportunities. “I decided that there was room for some improvement. This year we have had five of the...
Tim Paap, owner of Paap Auto Body, says, “The collision industry is changing at such a rapid pace that you have to be almost like liquid. You have to be able to move and fall into place with whatever changes come and go.”
Mattoon, Ill.—The future of the collision repair industry is certainly dependent on many unforeseen factors, but as technology and OE repair processes evolve, so must Tim Paap, owner of Paap Auto Body. In a primarily rural market, Paap has adapted and succeeded to ensure that whatever may come, his...
Community Wholesale Tire, which distributes tires to dealers in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, opened a new 77,000 square foot warehouse in Peoria, Illinois on Monday, 12/3/18.  The company currently operates warehouses in Kansas City,...
Grace Robnett (right) shares her story of how she chose the collision repair program at Lewis and Clark Career Center. She has aspirations of painting for Boeing after graduation.
St. Charles, Mo.—WAC (Women in Auto and Collision), an industry group formed to create awareness of career opportunities, celebrated its first year at Lewis & Clark Career Center’s recent monthly membership meeting. Group leadership spoke with the school’s auto body program instructor,...
Joe Barton from Bosch/Robinair provides an overview of the past, present and future of R-1234yf at a recent AASP-MO meeting.
Fenton, Mo.— There are more than 61 million vehicles in the world with R-1234yf and about nine million in the U.S, and the global warming impact of R-1234yf is far less than R-134a, so the use of R-1234yf will continue to increase drastically over the next five years. That was the message delivered...

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