River Valley People & Places - December 2017
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 benefit 150 million people. Enterprise’s gift will support partnerships with farmers, ranchers and communities in the Mississippi basin to help reduce the amount of excess nutrient runoff that enters the river system and, ultimately, the Gulf of Mexico.
Big O Tires expanded in Iowa, Kansas and Missouri with locations formerly NTB Tire & Service Centers in partnership with Mark Rhee and Western Automotive Ventures. “Over the past two years, we have opened more than 75 stores and expanded the Big O Tires brand into three new states with both new and existing franchisees,” said Lenny Valentino, vice president of Franchise Development for TBC Corporation.
Registration for ASA Midwest’s Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo is now open online. The training lineup is also complete and the new website has launched at visionkc.com. The conference is March 1-4, Hi-Tech Tool Expo, March 1, and the Expo, March 2-3, in Kansas City, Kan., at the Overland Park Convention Center.
McKay NAPA Auto Parts raised more than $64,000 for the Illinois Chapter of Make-A-Wish at the company’s 12th Annual Tool & Equipment Show in Staunton, Ill., held in October. McKay NAPA was able to grant wishes to 11 children on the funds they were able to raise in 2016. The 2017 check will be presented to Make-A-Wish volunteers in early December. All of the funds will be used to sponsor ‘Wishes’ for local children, in and around the area communities where the McKay NAPA Auto Parts 20 stores are located.
Wyatt’s Collision Repair, in Gibson City, Ill., has joined the CARSTAR network as CARSTAR Wyatt’s Collision Repair, owned by Ken Wyatt. “I looked at the future and what I want to accomplish, and realized I needed a partner on the path to success,” Wyatt said. “They are helping me grow in an ever changing industry where technology is key. We are working with CARSTAR for future growth, improved relationships with insurance companies and advanced training for our technicians and possibly a multiple location in the future.”