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Jamie Smith with her refurbished 2009 Chevy Equinox.
SPRINGFIELD — Jamie Smith, a single mother of two, and Alana Yates, a single mother of three, received vehicles today thanks to Zara’s Collision Center’s Benevolence Program.     Smith, a Contact Ministries resident and Walmart employee, with her daughter Erica, 12, and son Ethan, 9, were presented...
McKay NAPA Auto Parts will present a $64,026.04 to Make-A-Wish volunteers in early December.
The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation announced a $30 million donation to The Nature Conservancy. The five-year donation, called the “Routes & Roots: Enterprise Healthy Rivers Project,” helps support The Nature Conservancy’s long-term water resource management initiatives and is expected to...
Owners Shawn and Shawna Martin opened OKC as a fabrication shop in 2003, which they quickly outgrew. The current location has helped the business grow exponentially, and now it will move into a new, larger 44-bay facility.
Sparta, Ill.—“If you don’t ask, it won’t happen.” That’s what Shawn Martin, owner of OKC (Overkill Custom) Autobody, says is key to making sure insurance companies don’t run your shop. “You would not believe how many times I have had to ask some companies before they finally agree to certain...
Hello from Southern Illinois University Carbondale! As the fall semester draws to a close, it is time to think of the spring 2018 recruiting season! SIU Career Services is excited to host the Spring 2018 Job and Internship Fair scheduled for Tuesday, February 20, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the...
Palm Beach Gardens, FL – November 20, 2017 – Big O Tires®, one of North America's largest retail tire franchisors with more than 400 independently-owned and operated locations in 23 states, is pleased to recognize the expansion of the brand in Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri in partnership...
, North America’s largest Multi-Shop Operator Network of independently owned collision repair facilities, welcomes CARSTAR Wyatt’s Collision Repair at 321 East 1st St, in Gibson City, IL., owned by Ken Wyatt, to the CARSTAR family. CARSTAR Wyatt’s Collision Repair provides comprehensive services...
AWARDS APPLICATIONS Service Facility of the YearThis award spotlights a single shop's efforts to promote professionalism in the automotive service industry, and judges review the business's practices, industry and association participation, community involvement and physical appearance of the...
Earl Flack (front left), president of McKay NAPA Auto Parts presents 2017 Make-A-Wish donation check along with customers and staff.
Celebrating 80-Years of Customer Service… McKay NAPA Auto Parts, with its 20 Central and Midwest Illinois locations raised another huge benefit in 2017 for the Illinois Chapter of Make-A-Wish.  McKay, the Family Owned & Operated Corporation since 1937, once again held a variety of fundraisers...
Jay Sicht joins the Mid-Missouri I-CAR Committee.
RIVER VALLEY The Mid-Missouri I-CAR Committee has announced Jay Sicht as a new member. Elisabeth M. Sobczak, Performance training coordinator for I-CAR, said, “Jay brings a unique background and broad range of experiences within the automotive industry that adds another paradigm to our committee....
Reigning NHRA Top Fuel Champion Antron Brown talks to automotive  students and instructors about how he got his start in racing and the career opportunities available.
Madison, Ill.—Each year, 21,500 technicians leave the collision repair industry, with only about 10,000 graduates of training programs ready to fill those open positions, according to I-CAR’s Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF). Across the country, CREF has hosted local career fairs, and...

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