River Valley

Hines Performance Parts celebrated its 30-year anniversary.
Mark Rhodes and Scott Rhodes are winners of MTD’s 25th Tire Dealer of the Year Award. The second-generation Rhodes brothers operate 62 retail stores in Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois and Kentucky with an estimated $80 million in sales, MTD reports. Since they purchased the business from their father...
Gregg Cordes (left) and Lance Getz, who is also general manager, have partnered to open Quincy Auto Supply, a PPG Platinum Distributor and Auto Plus parts store, after Cordes purchased Abbott Supply’s automotive division.
Quincy, Ill.—After a long working relationship, Gregg Cordes and Lance Getz have partnered to open Quincy Auto Supply, the only independent parts and paint store in that town, after buying Abbott Supply’s automotive division. As Cordes’ third Auto Plus-affiliated parts store and PPG Platinum Plus...
Owner Ben Schaefer’s average RO is $600 and business has increased, on average, $100,000 per year over the last three years. He’s set to break that mark this year.
Belleville, Ill.—As shock and strut manufacturers introduce fall promotions to get the word out on the importance of ride control, Ben Schaefer, owner of Schaefer Automotive, says customers should be prepared for the upcoming winter months by properly maintaining those systems. “We like to make...
Beyond the risk of driver injury, deer hits are disheartening and typically costly. To remedy some of that frustration, Zara's is donating cash to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Illinois Capital Region October 1 - December 31 for each repair involving a deer hit. * 5% of deer-hit repair total up...
September 8, 2017 - St. Louis, MO - Ranken Technical College today announced a new partnership with St. Louis Public Schools.  The core of this new partnership is an $825,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant that was recently awarded to fund this unique education alliance over three years. ...
RIVER VALLEY Kaylyn Sneathen (University of Missouri-Columbia, Information Technology) and Spencer Steele (Bradley University, Accountancy) received scholarships from The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund, which awarded $160,000 to 60 individuals this year, including 53 SEMA scholarships to current...
First row, from left, are Jefferson College representatives Barbara Stocker, Board of Trustees member; Dr. Dena McCaffrey, dean of Career & Technical Education; Gerard Uhls, professor of Automotive Technology; Chris DeGeare, division chair of Business & Technical Education; and Dr. Ray Cummiskey, president of Jefferson College. Second row, from left, are Jefferson College Automotive Advisory Committee members Jordan Kort of Plaza Tire, Gary Boyher of Ranken Technical College, Steve Walker of AAMCO, and Butc
Hillsboro, Mo.—Jefferson College celebrated the completion of a $300,000 renovation project designed to improve student learning in the Jefferson College Automotive Technology program with a ribbon cutting ceremony, Aug. 18, in the Automotive Shop in the Career and Technical Education Building on...
Freer Auto Body Owner Tim Freer antes up with training and equipment investments as insurers place more administrative burdens on shops and labor rates lag behind.
Godfrey, Ill.— Looking across the vast expanse of Styrofoam sheeting insulation and hundreds of feet of tubing for the in-floor radiant heating system, Freer Auto Body Owner Tim Freer pointed out the enhancements to soon come to the 7,900-square feet addition nearing completion. Two Globaljig Koala...
Lou Fusz Chrysler Dodge Jeep General Manager Mark Mercer (left) and Service Manager Brad Hubbard stand in front of a Jeep Wrangler inside their showroom that showcases some of the available customizations for customers to choose from.
O’Fallon, Mo.— “It’s a Jeep thing” and Lou Fusz Chrysler Dodge Jeep understands good and well what it means to embrace a growing market for the off-road product. General Manager Mark Mercer and Service Manager Brad Hubbard say they are about to take the dealership to the next level. Opening in...
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MADISON—August 23—Roadkill stars David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan will bring their family automotive event, Roadkill Zip-Tie Drags, to the Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois, on Friday and Saturday, September 15-16, 2017. Gates for the Madison event will open at 3:30 p.m. on Friday,...

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