River Valley

Owner Michael Benét took over the shop in 2002 after being a loyal customer to the previous owners. Benét had previously controlled other business ventures and was a professional racecar driver.
Peoria, Ill.— Having been a loyal customer and frequent visitor to Kauth and Mayeur over the years, Michael Benét was honored to be offered the opportunity to purchase ownership rights of one of Peoria’s top import repair facilities. “I was approached by Peter Kauth and Brad Mayeur in 2002 as they...
Garage Guru Instructor Rick Kearns demonstrates how technicians can use just a scan tool to inspect and diagnose a Cadillac with electronic ride control.
St. Louis—Members of ASA-Midwest’s St. Louis Chapter were given the opportunity for a hands-on look at how to inspect and diagnose an advanced ride control system on a Cadillac by just using a scan tool at a recent meeting with Garage Gurus at Federal Mogul’s training center in St. Louis. The...
Pike Collision Owner Don Richardson helped introduce legislation this year that would combat steering and require OEM repair procedures be used.
Petersburg, Ind.—Many of us start each year with the best of intentions: to lose weight, get in better shape, maybe get a handle on our personal finances. Ready to make some changes, Don Richardson, owner of Pike Collision, had a New Year’s resolution of his own, to overhaul some of his business...
RIVER VALLEY MEMA recently weighed in on Missouri House Bill 1444, which if enacted would eliminate the vehicle inspection program in that state. In a letter sent to all members of the Missouri House of Representatives, Bill Long, president and COO of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers...
Former NASCAR driver and part owner of Federated Auto Parts Raceway Kenny Schrader will make several racing appearances at area tracks this year including Terre Haute Action Track, Macon Speedway, Tri City Speedway, and Federated Auto Parts Raceway.
The 2018 racing season is upon us in the River Valley. With Stock Cars, Warriors, Modifieds, Hornets, Late Models, and more all taking to the tracks again, this year promises to deliver excitement for the whole family. Parts & People has compiled a list of popular tracks in the St. Louis and...
SPRINGFIELD — Jay Alwood, Ryan Miller, and Travis Sunderland, students in Capital Area Career Center Auto Body Program, have completed their semester-long apprenticeships at Zara’s. The announcement was made by Brad Zara, president of Zara’s.     “It was an honor for us to include these three young...
From left: The St. Louis I-CAR Committee, recognized as Gold, includes Mike Croker, Dan Shymanski, Larry Schmidt, Shelly Jones, John Helterbrand, Gene Slattery, Josh Avello, and Julie Hemann.
RIVER VALLEY Attorney Todd Tracy of the John Eagle lawsuit will be AASP-MO’s guest speaker, Thursday, May 10, at Syberg’s Dorsett, 2430 Old Dorsett Road, Maryland Heights, Mo. The Axalta-sponsored event will feature a “Meet & Greet” with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Tracy will give his...
St. Louis Chapter of ASA-Midwest President Doug Jacquot shares his experiences and his path from tech school to shop ownership.
St. Louis—The St. Louis Chapter of ASA-Midwest held its second annual Automotive Career Panel and Dinner at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park. The event was mainly for students seeking a career in the automotive service industry and was an introduction to local independent shop owners and...
Chris and Jim Hetzler have opened a store in Davenport, building on Jim Hetzler’s 40 years of experience in custom painting and turning their attention to the collision repair market with Martin Senour Paints.
Davenport, Iowa—Jim Hetzler has been doing custom painting, graphics, and pinstriping for the past 40 years. From his home base, JC Hetz Studio, in Muscatine, he’s taught custom-painting classes across the country at shops, schools, and the SEMA Show booth of House of Kolor, the brand for which he...
From left: Original One Parts COO Dean Cerimeli, Original One Parts Chief of Staff Stephanie Hilburn, and Original One Parts Head of Engineering Sean Higgs were on hand for the St. Louis facility tour.
St. Louis—Original One Parts has been expanding its St. Louis facility. It also has distribution centers that are scheduled to open around the country this year. Original One Parts partnered with AASP-MO to provide a dinner and tour of its St. Louis facility recently, where collision shop owners,...

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