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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...
Zisser Tire Wholesale added the OTANI line of passenger tires.
St. Louis-based Energizer recently acquired Spectrum Brands’ Global Auto Care Business (Spectrum Auto Care) in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $1.25 billion. The acquired portfolio includes some of the industry’s most globally recognizable brands, including Armor All, STP and A...
From left are Service Advisors Jeff Bornefeld and Larry Schlichting, Owner Ron Tinner, and Technicians Doug Orf and Doug Ziegler. Sparks Tire and Auto embraces new technology and equipment as a NAPA AutoCare Center and AAA approved repair facility.
St. Charles, Mo.—Since taking over ownership of the shop he had worked at as a tech for 15 years, Ron Tinner has always been an early adopter of new technology and products. “If it makes life easier for my techs and our customers, then why not embrace it,” said Tinner, who has owned Sparks Tire...
The team at Don’s Auto Body is a tight knit group. Each member of the staff, along with Co-owners Dave and Adam Tritz, helps maintain the success the shop’s had for almost 50 years.
St. Charles, Mo.—Driving through the historic district of St. Charles, especially during the holiday season, is like traveling back in time. The cobblestone streets and brick buildings are reminiscent of a simpler time before technology became a driving cultural and industrial force. Dave and Adam...
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...
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-...
Michelle Johnson, senior manager, Aftersales Strategy for Nissan North America, addresses Ranken students and representatives during an announcement about their new partnership.
RIVER VALLEY Ranken Technical College is launching a new educational partnership with Nissan North America that will provide automotive students with specialized training, certifications and additional career opportunities with Nissan and Infiniti dealerships. As part of Ranken’s Automotive...
Rhodes engines has been named Jasper’s largest installer in the nation multiple times, most recently for 2015, 2016 and 2017. From left are Jessica Rhodes (Scott’s Daughter) and owner Scott Rhodes, Technicians Rick Dahl and Allen Jamerson, and Sales/Front Office Kimberly Trendley.
St. Charles, Mo.—Efficiency is the driving force that Scott Rhodes, owner of Rhodes Engines, attributes the bulk of his shop’s success. The shop has achieved the highest honors that Jasper Engines & Transmissions has with the President’s Award, as well as being recognized as its top...
Ron Haugen presents “Measuring your marketing” to members of MWACA’s St. Louis chapter. The seminar was sponsored by Factory Motor Parts in St. Louis.
St. Louis— “So what?” That’s what Ron Haugen, former owner of Westside Auto Pros in Des Moines, Iowa, believes consumers are saying about the way a lot of shop owners showcase their business in advertising campaigns. “‘We have ASE-certified techs’ — so what? ‘We have $14.95 oil changes’ — so what?...

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