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Michelle Johnson, Senior Manager, Aftersales Strategy for Nissan North America, Inc., addresses Ranken students and representatives, during an announcement about their new partnership.
ST. LOUIS (Sept.11, 2018) Ranken Technical College is launching a new educational partnership with Nissan North America, Inc. that will provide automotive students with specialized training, certifications and additional career opportunities with Nissan and Infiniti dealerships. As part of Ranken’s...
CHARLOTTE (September 10, 2018) – CARSTAR, North America’s largest network of independently owned collision repair facilities, announced the opening of CARSTAR Bridgeton in Bridgeton, MO as well as CARSTAR Wentzville in Wentzville, MO. Jon Parmentier, owner of both CARSTAR Bridgeton and CARSTAR...
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI – Associated Equipment Corporation (AEC) announces the Model 12-2415 Battery and Electrical System Tester was selected as winner of MOTOR Magazine’s prestigious Top 20 Tools Award.  The 12-2415 is featured in the September 2018 issue as a new, exciting and innovative product for...
Kevin and Lori Ball were quick to see the need for pre- and post-repair scanning to restore pre-loss condition.
Leadington, Mo.—Kevin and Lori Ball, who opened Kevin Ball Auto Body in 1990, have long been early adopters of the latest collision repair developments. They attended PPG MVP management training in the early 2000s, converted to PPG’s Nexa Aquabase paint, from Licari Auto Body Supply, in 2005, and...
Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper announced that Ronald D. Leach Jr., of Byrne’s Garage in New Albany, Ind., is among 13 Technician of the Year finalists. The shareholder member for Leach is Moog Louisville Warehouse. They will take a custom-tailored Automotive Service Excellence test to determine...
Shop foreman and former driver Bryan Bertoletti (left) and BIGFOOT Vice President and former driver Dan Runte pose with BIGFOOT 19, which was in for some repairs and maintenance after a weekend event.
Pacific, Mo.—Bob Chandler, creator of the original Monster Truck BIGFOOT, has some advice for today’s 4x4 shop owners. “Plan ahead and know what you are getting into. Building 4x4s bigger and stronger is a growing industry, and it doesn’t take a genius to build something stronger and bigger, but it...
Knapheide Truck Equipment Center, in Wentzville, Mo., is a new NTEA Member Verifation Program member. NTEA’s Member Verification Program (MVP) acknowledges companies leading the industry to excellence. Fleet managers, truck dealers and OEMs know truck equipment manufacturers and distributors with...
Richard Zbinden, owner of Z-1 Automotive, started his business as a one-man shop in 1996 and says it has grown into one of the most successful in his area.
Greenville, Ill.—Z-1 Automotive has flourished in this rural market for the last decade as Richard Zbinden has adapted to keep up with growth and the changing automotive industry. The shop started as a one-man operation in 1996 when Zbinden decided to purchase a lift and install it in a building he...
Chris Becker, owner of Central Auto Body Rebuilders, has kept his shop’s I-CAR Gold Class status for 27 years, which is a requirement of his St. Louis County contract.
Maplewood, Mo.—Chris Becker, who’s owned Central Auto Body Rebuilders Inc. since 1987, started working as an apprentice for the company right after graduating from South County Technical School in 1974. He’s since seen the business through several expansions and a jump in yearly revenue from $277,...
CHARLOTTE (July 9, 2018) — In support of their ongoing exclusive partnership with the CARSTAR St. Louis Business Group, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, through their Enterprise Holdings Foundation, donated $2,500 to CARSTAR’s charitable efforts to fund research, treatment and advocacy for cystic fibrosis. ...

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