River Valley

From left: Jay Alwood, Ryan Miller, and Travis Sunderland completed apprenticeships at Zara’s.
RIVER VALLEY Jay Alwood, Ryan Miller, and Travis Sunderland, students in Capital Area Career Center Auto Body Program, have completed their semester-long apprenticeships at Zara’s. The announcement was made by Brad Zara, president of Zara’s. Alwood, of New Berlin High School, joined Zara’s detail...
Steve Finzel became a NAPA AutoCare Center in 2006. “NAPA is the best shop affiliation program in the business by far,” he says.
Terre Haute, Ind.—In a smaller market area, Steve Finzel, owner of Finzel’s Mastertech, has been able to maintain a prosperous shop by doing just a few simple things. “I think what has made the shop successful is being able to stay one step ahead of the competition, which includes dealerships,...
John and Connie Luczak started selling AMSOIL products from their basement in 1978.
St. Louis—John and Connie Luczak opened Gateway Synthetics in 1978, from their home, in the basement — with one box of product. Fast forward 40 years and this husband-and-wife team say they are one of the highest ranked AMSOIL sales jobbers in the country by expanding product categories and...
“Tricky Ricky” Thomas was the winner of the Open Comp Class and he took home a $600 purse.
Bonne Terre, Mo.— Auto Plaza Group recently held its annual Horsepower For Hope at Bonne Terre Drag Strip. The event held races in several categories such as Open Comp, Big Tire Class, and Small Tire Class. The event was open to the public and money raised will be donated to Camp Hope. All proceeds...
Gary Sampson helps a customer match a color on his Opel GT.
Springfield, Ill.—Having observed its 30th anniversary in June, independent distributor Specialty Paint has grown over the years, but compared to its conglomerate competition, it has remained a smaller organization with the ability to react quickly to customers’ needs, said General Manager Gary...
From left: Stan Shoun, Ranken Technical College, President  John Helterbrand, Ranken Technical College, Department Chair of Automotive Division  Dan Kania,, Ranken Technical College, Dean of Academic Affairs  Stephanie Schmitt, U.S. Department of Labor, Apprenticeship & Training Representative  Neil Perry, Missouri State Director, US Dept of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship
ST. LOUIS (June 21, 2018) Imagine being a college student, earning money while you learn. This is what Ranken Technical College students do in several of their registered apprenticeship programs. They simply “earn while they learn.” Ranken’s two-year associate degree for Auto Collision Repair is...
CHARLOTTE (June 19, 2018) – One St. Louis-area woman can now safely transport the three young children she recently became the caretaker for, thanks to CARSTAR Arnold and the local Rotary Club. CARSTAR Arnold owner Heath Harris saw an opportunity to give back to the community when a frequent...
Owner Michael Benét took over the shop in 2002 after being a loyal customer to the previous owners. Benét had previously controlled other business ventures and was a professional racecar driver.
Peoria, Ill.— Having been a loyal customer and frequent visitor to Kauth and Mayeur over the years, Michael Benét was honored to be offered the opportunity to purchase ownership rights of one of Peoria’s top import repair facilities. “I was approached by Peter Kauth and Brad Mayeur in 2002 as they...
Garage Guru Instructor Rick Kearns demonstrates how technicians can use just a scan tool to inspect and diagnose a Cadillac with electronic ride control.
St. Louis—Members of ASA-Midwest’s St. Louis Chapter were given the opportunity for a hands-on look at how to inspect and diagnose an advanced ride control system on a Cadillac by just using a scan tool at a recent meeting with Garage Gurus at Federal Mogul’s training center in St. Louis. The...
Pike Collision Owner Don Richardson helped introduce legislation this year that would combat steering and require OEM repair procedures be used.
Petersburg, Ind.—Many of us start each year with the best of intentions: to lose weight, get in better shape, maybe get a handle on our personal finances. Ready to make some changes, Don Richardson, owner of Pike Collision, had a New Year’s resolution of his own, to overhaul some of his business...

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