July 2015 - River Valley People & Places


Zara’s Collision Center has been recognized by Ford Motor Co. as a collision repair facility certified by Assured Performance Collision Care. The announcement was made by Brad Zara, president of Zara’s Collision Center. “We take great pride in the F-150 certification,” said Zara. “The 2015 F-150s have aluminum-alloy bodies and steel frames. Drivers in this area who own those vehicles now have a local, certified repair facility for their convenience should an accident occur.” Zara’s is the only Springfield-area body shop to have the Assured Performance certifications, and the only facility in the Springfield area to be certified as a Honda Motor Co. ProFirst collision repair shop.

Lube Stop, a 37-unit quick service oil change company headquartered in Northeast Ohio, announced it has acquired the assets of The Grease Spot Inc., a 13-unit quick service oil change operator with locations in Illinois and Iowa. “For nearly 30 years, Grease Spot has been delivering consistent, convenient and affordable automotive service to customers across the Northern Illinois and Eastern Iowa markets,” said Tony Cammerata, president of Lube Stop. “With this acquisition, we are excited to be joining forces with a highly-experienced Grease Spot team as we look to expand the Lube Stop brand and suite of services into exciting new markets.”

Corvette Funfest is scheduled for Sept. 17-20, in Effingham, and kicks off with a Thursday Night Fun Run, where the Effingham Convention and Visitors Bureau hosts a Welcome Fest. The annual Friday Night Charity Event includes a silent auction to raise funds for a worthy cause and the headlining Saturday evening concert caps off the weekend with world class music. All four days are packed with activities that center around Corvettes. Visit the Install Dome for new exhaust, American Racing Headers, Superchargers, intakes and custom interiors. The Fun Dome will feature the latest Corvette lifestyle items, from books, apparel and leather jackets, to furniture, jewelry and accessories. Seminar Village is the place to hear industry experts share tips, technical information and fun memories of their experiences with Corvettes. Visit www.corvettefunfest.com to register.


Plaza Tire Service, a family-owned company based in Cape Girardeau, Mo., is celebrating 52 years by opening its newest location in Columbia. The new store, located at 1415 Grindstone Plaza Drive on the south side of town, is Plaza Tire Service’s fourth Columbia location and brings the company to a total of seven Mid-Missouri stores. Plaza Tire Service’s new Columbia location occupies approximately 8,650 square feet and consists of a showroom and eight service bays to accommodate the growing community. In addition to its four Columbia locations, Plaza Tire Service also operates stores in Jefferson City, Mexico and Fulton. Plaza Tire Service has 56 stores spread throughout metro St. Louis, Mid-Missouri, Southeast Missouri, Southern Illinois, Western Kentucky and Northeast Arkansas.

Mitchell announced Hendrick Automotive Center, in Kansas City, as a 2014 AutocheX Premier Achiever Award winner, recognized as a top performing collision repair shop. “The AutocheX Premier Achiever Awards’ winners provide a model for all shops to aspire to,” said Jim O’Leary, vice president of product management. “These repair shops have gone out of their way to honor their commitment to their customers and deliver the industry’s best service on a daily basis.”

The AASP-MO 34th annual EXCEL Trade Show and Training Conference will be Friday and Saturday, Sept. 18-19, at the St. Charles Convention Center, St. Charles, and is open to the industry. It will feature a trade show on Friday, 4-10 p.m., a management class, Friday, 3-6:15 p.m., and additional classes, Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information, contact Ron Reiling at 636-949-5990 or aaspmo@aol.com.

Vehicle Service Group (VSG) announced it is partnering with Habitat for Humanity Jefferson County on a 2015 sponsorship program. The sponsorship includes a monetary donation plus more than 200 hours of direct labor provided by VSG employees to Habitat’s current family build project. “VSG is committed to our local community of Madison and Jefferson County. There’s no better way for us to show this commitment than to partner with a terrific organization like Habitat for Humanity,” said Matt Webster, VSG vice president and general manager of the Americas. “Our employees are a dedicated and talented group of people who are excited about the prospect of helping a local family reach their dream of home ownership.”

ASA-Midwest is having an Automotive Industry Appreciation Night at Busch Stadium for members, July 27, when the St. Louis Cardinals play the Cincinnati Reds. The deadline to purchase tickets is June 15. The limited number of tickets are $65 each, and includes dinner, drinks and the game. Call 816-781-5801 for more information.

The Annual Metro Vo-Tech Assistance Program (MVTAP) Golf Tournament at Meramec Lakes Golf Course, St. Clair, will take place on July 15. All proceeds go to students in collision repair programs at North and South Tech Schools, Lewis & Clark Career Center and Ranken Technical College. Call 314-394-3564 or 636-629-0900.

Hunter Engineering, 11250 Hunter Drive, in Bridgeton, will host a meeting for AASP-MO members that will feature an alignment sales seminar and an alignment printout interpretation exercise. The material will be geared toward all those in a shop environment with a focus on customer interactions. In addition, a new technology update will be completed to ensure all in attendance are up to date regarding the latest in undercar service equipment. It will conclude with a classic car tour. RSVP to Ron Reiling at aaspmo@aol.com by July 15.
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