Judah DeLorenzo has accepted a new position with Jasper.I-70 Auto Body was quickly back to business (right) after a tornado.More than 330 companies attended Ranken Technical College’s Job Fair in March.

River Valley People & Places - April 2017


AASP-MO will have a Gateway Collision Chapter meeting, May 10, to discuss OEM certifications at the Gateway Motorsports Complex in the infield of the circle track and the Kartplex. It is open to members and their employees and includes a barbecue followed by cart racing for $10 per person. The event is sponsored by Axalta. For more info and to RSVP, contact Ron Reiling at aaspmo@aol.com.


Jasper Engines & Transmissions announced that Judah DeLorenzo has accepted the position of manager of Process Control and Sales Support. In an effort to improve our focus on processes and new products, Jasper created the new department. “Jasper has continued to grow and with that growth there are more opportunities within the company,” DeLorenzo said.  “Jasper puts an emphasis on associate development and I’m excited to continue to grow with Jasper in this new capacity.” His most recent position was assistant manager of the Product Development department.

Jasper Engines & Transmissions has began a business simulation project with Loogootee High School (LHS) in Indiana. “Since early last year, Jasper created a curriculum that challenges students to collaborate with one another, and use creativity in solving problems,” said Mark Balsmeyer, Jasper project administrator.  “One of the classrooms at Loogootee High School was upgraded to mirror the facilities at our Power Drive location.” Thirty students are enrolled in the initial program and receive training and support from three primary volunteers from Jasper, three LHS teachers, and one primary manager from the DirectEmployers Association. “The kids have done a wonderful job of using the tools they've learned and getting involved,” Balsmeyer said. “These simulations help to prepare students for future career decisions and to open doors to potential job opportunities at Jasper.



Registration and tickets are available for the 2017 Chevrolet Performance CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals, July 21-23, at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green. It will be the first year the annual automotive event will be held in Bowling Green. It presents a gathering of street machines and muscle cars that showcases more than 2,500 performance cars and attracts upward of 25,000 enthusiasts from across the country over the course of three days. For more information and to register, visit carcraft.com/events.



I-70 Auto Body in Wentzville sustained damaged after a tornado touched down in early March. Through employee efforts, the shop was able to clean the damage and open for business in less than 12 hours. I-70 thanked Wentzville fire and police departments for keeping watch over the building overnight until staff arrived. No one was injured.

CARSTAR recently held the inaugural CARSTAR North America Operations Retreat at Hunter Engineering Headquarters in St. Louis on Feb. 28 through March 2. The team collaborated and explored ways to improve its Performance Based Agreements (PBA) initiatives as well as improve franchise performance and profitability through the CARSTAR EDGE Performance Platform. The team also went onsite to two different CARSTAR locations for hands-on learning.

AASP-MO will have a St. Louis/St. Charles Chapters meeting, May 17, to discuss liability coverage. It is intended for mechanical and collision shops. Chapman-Sander Insurance is AASP-MO’s preferred provider and United Fire Group is AASP-Nationals preferred provider. There will be a cocktail reception and food provided. The event will be at Syberg’s Dorsett, 2430 Old Dorsett Road, Maryland Heights. For more info and to RSVP, contact Ron Reiling at aaspmo@aol.com.

Missouri Great Dane is the newest company to join the VIPAR Heavy Duty network of distributors as a stockholder. Established in 1980, Missouri Great Dane operates out of its headquarters in Benton and from a St. Louis branch. The company serves a customer base of fleets, independent service facilities, municipalities, owner-operators and farmers in the greater St. Louis area, southeast Missouri and southern Illinois. The company specializes in heavy duty tractor and trailer parts, tools and equipment and shop supplies and its service offering includes critical parts delivery, complete trailer repair, light truck repair (alignment, brakes, suspension and electrical) and trailer mobile service.

The Collision Repair Education Foundation will have spring career fair in St. Charles, at the Enterprise IT building, 600 Technology Drive W, April 21. The foundation has partnered with ASE/NATEF, which has invited collision and automotive school contacts to the event. Through the partnership, the 2016 career fairs averaged more than 200 students per event and that attendance number is anticipated to double in some markets in 2017 through the inclusion of automotive/ mechanical students.

The St. Louis Chapter of ASA-Midwest will host a networking and panel discussion event at Forest Park Community College, St. Louis, Tuesday, April 11, 6-8:30 p.m. Parents and students are invited to learn about career opportunities, attend dinner and participate in the panel discussion. For more information, contact the ASA-Midwest office at 816-781-5801.

More than 330 companies attended Ranken Technical College’s Job Fair in March with intentions to hire Ranken students. Some students were hired on the spot.  “Along with our educational and training programs, we provide students with pathways into the job market. This is how programs such as our Certified Dealer Technician Program can place 100 percent of its students with automotive technician jobs,” said Stan Shoun, president of Ranken Technical College.

The St. Louis I-CAR Committee is hosting two career fairs this year. The first will be May 5, at Enterprise Holdings’ IT Technical Center in St. Charles, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the second will be at Gateway Motorsports Park, Sept. 29, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to coincide with Friday night qualifying of the NHRA national event. The committee is seeking career fair-sponsorships from companies in the automotive repair industry. Instructors or potential sponsors can contact committee members Keith Hoeferlin, Keith.J.Hoeferlin@ehi.com or 314-898-3638; Doug Slattery, Doug@automotivetechnology.com or 314-422-7884; or Tricia Belz at tricia.s.belz@ehi.com or 314-506-4856 for more information.


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