River Valley People & Places - October 2015

ILLINOIS

Service King Collision Repair Centers announced expansion in the Chicago area through the acquisition of Riverdale Body Shop and its eight premier collision repair facilities. It now offer 22 locations across the area. An area of rapid growth for Service King in 2015, the Riverdale acquisition marks Service King’s third expansion in the Chicago market since March.  

The 57th APSA of Illinois Annual Meeting will be Friday, Oct. 16, at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel & Conference Center in Springfield.  During the meeting, the proposed slate of officers and directors will be presented to the general membership for election to the 2015-2016 APSA of Illinois Board of Directors. Nominations from the membership for open region director seats may be made by contacting the association office prior to the date of the election.

 

Slate of officers                                                                                 

• President:  Steve Rennison, The Auto Shop, Carbondale

• Vice president: Jeffrey Dust, Dust & Son Auto Supplies, Effingham

• Secretary/treasurer: Clinton “Wain” Taylor, Mac-Weld Inc., Carbondale

• Past president: Earl Flack, McKay NAPA Auto Parts Inc., Litchfield

 

Slate of directors

• Region 1: Daniel DeMichele, Sunnyside Parts Warehouse, Chicago

• Region 2: Dean Kinkelaar, Effingham Regrinding Inc., Effingham

• Region 3:  Vacant

• Region 4:  Vacant

• Region 5:  Vacant

• Education Director: Nigel Thompson, Rend Lake College, Ina

 

KENTUCKY

Kentucky’s inaugural AutoVision Conference in Louisville concluded with a full day of future-focused presentations from auto industry experts and leaders, including U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation Victor Mendez, in September. Mendez delivered the conference’s keynote address, highlighting for a crowd of more than 260 attendees the significant impact of the auto industry in Kentucky and the nation. AutoVision, an event created by the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association, represents the first time national and state industry leaders from major OEMs, suppliers and service providers have gathered in Kentucky to discuss the state of the industry and the prospects for its future. Among the list of automotive manufacturers and suppliers represented at the conference were Akebono Brake, Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., Robert Bosch Automotive Steering, and Toyota.

 

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U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation Victor Mendez provides the AutoVision keynote.

WIX Filters and O’Reilly Auto Parts, partners with Tomorrow’s Tech as title sponsors for the 2015 School of the Year competition, have announced the Top 20 schools selected from 77 entrants in the U.S. Among them are Ranken Technical College, St. Louis, and Owensboro Community and Technical College, Owensboro. “We love seeing the next generation of technical innovators doing what they love,” said Jennifer Gibson, brand manager for WIX Filters. “These schools are shining examples of where our industry is headed and we can’t wait to see the video entries of their hard work.”

 

 

MISSOURI

The weeklong 51st Studebaker Drivers Club International Meeting met in August in St. Louis at Westport Plaza. It was the first time since 1981 that the international meeting has been held in the city, and was organized by the Missouri/Illinois chapters of the Studebaker and Avanti owners clubs. The event featured banquets, music and awards.

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The Studebaker Drivers Club International Meeting met in August in St. Louis.

 

Five Federated Car Care customers hit the dirt with Kenny Schrader and Justin Allgaier as winners of the annual “Get Dirty with Kenny” contest. The winners traveled to the Federated Auto Parts I-55 Raceway in Pevely, for a dirt track racing experience. In addition to taking on Schrader and NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Allgaier on the track, the winners also watched the Cardinals host the Miami Marlins at Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis. “There’s a reason the ‘Get Dirty with Kenny’ contest is so popular with Federated Car Care customers. Kenny Schrader is the ultimate host; there’s no one better to learn dirt track racing from than him. We were thrilled to have Justin on hand this year to add some extra competition. From all accounts, it was another fun and ‘dirty’ weekend for all involved,” said J.R. Bishop, director of motorsports and event marketing for Federated Auto Parts.

 

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The winning Federated Car Care Centers were Big O Tires, Pocatello, Idaho; Don’s Garage, Elsmere, Ky.; Fix N Go Auto Center, Oxford, Mich.; Tire Central and Service College Park, Indianapolis, Ind.; and Mr. Tire, Minneapolis, Minn.

The Ranken Technical College Fall Job Fair will be Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 9 - 11:30 a.m. Past Ranken graduates with experience, recent graduates, as well as current day and evening school students will be in attendance. The event is free of charge.  To register please call, email jksummers@ranken.edu or register online at http://www.ranken.edu under “upcoming events.”

As part of its 90th anniversary celebration, the Community Involvement Team at Pundmann Ford, in St. Charles, refurbished a car. They took a traded in car, thoroughly reconditioned it inside and out, and, working with the Salvation Army, found a deserving family. The car chosen was a 2004 Ford Explorer. Employees from every department donated their time and effort to get the vehicle ready for presentation.

WIX Filters and O’Reilly Auto Parts, partners with Tomorrow’s Tech as title sponsors for the 2015 School of the Year competition, have announced the Top 20 schools selected from 77 entrants in the U.S. Among them are Ranken Technical College, St. Louis, and Owensboro Community and Technical College, Owensboro, Ky. “We love seeing the next generation of technical innovators doing what they love,” said Jennifer Gibson, brand manager for WIX Filters. “These schools are shining examples of where our industry is headed and we can’t wait to see the video entries of their hard work.”

 

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