River Valley

Familiar faces at FinishMaster’s St. Louis branch include Business Director Tom Adams (c.) and Sales Manager Kevin McDermott (l. of Adams.)
St. Louis—The collision repair industry is changing rapidly across the country, with consolidation of shops and distributors alike. A case in point is Dale Hughes’ sale last December of Colormaster Automotive Paint, a 15-location business he founded in 1991, to FinishMaster, the Indianapolis-based...
Jim Lambert, who opened Jim’s Muffler and Brake in 1992, says his eight-year-old partnership with NAPA has contributed to the shop’s continued success.
Barnhart, Mo.—Jim’s Muffler and Brake partnered with NAPA in 2008 to become a NAPA AutoCare Center and the marriage has been a good one, owner Jim Lambert said. “We were approached by NAPA because they saw the volume that we did and thought we would be a good fit for them. My color scheme at the...
The office crew at Scott’s Master Auto Repair are, from l., Receptionist Bev Hackmann, Owner Scott Ramsey and Service Writer Pam Mead. Ramsey still likes to get into the shop and get his hands dirty but spends about half his time in the front.
St. Louis— Being a fairly new owner to a business can sometimes be challenging, but Scott Ramsey says keeping old philosophies intact is the key to Scott’s Master Auto Repair. “It is my goal to treat every customer that comes in here like they matter. We get to know our customers and build...
ABRA Auto Body & Glass Account Executives Shelly Jones (l.) and Julie Hemann, who are also I-CAR St. Louis committee members, pause after talking about career opportunities with Amber Longwell, a South Tech High School student, at the April 28 career fair.
Clayton, Mo.— Automotive and collision repair students in the St. Louis area pondering their postgraduate employment were recently shown just how much their skills are needed. The St. Louis I-CAR Committee held its first career fair, the “Cars, Careers, & Celebrities Expo,” which it plans to be...
Collision Industry Foundation (CIF), through its sponsors and fund-raising efforts, helped to raise $5,000 to pay closing costs on a new home for Charlie Dreppard and his family.
Richmond, Va. - Imagine receiving a letter from your mortgage company informing you that your home is no longer considered to be in a flood plain. That is the letter Charlie Dreppard and his family received. While they were glad to be saving money after paying extra for flood insurance years, they...
Second-generation owners Kerry Woodson and his sister, Toni Donius, implemented Jungerman CARSTAR’s Disassembly for Repair (DFR) production process in December, with dramatic improvements.
St. Peters, Mo.—Like many “overnight successes,” Jungerman CARSTAR’s Disassembly for Repair (DFR) production process was the culmination of years of preparation, said General Manager Kerry Woodson. But just months after implementing it, he said, technicians are happier and making more money, and...
St Francois County Raceway is a 3/8 mile dirt Oval, located in the heart of the Midwest in Farmington Missouri is home to weekly racing of 410 winged sprinted cars, A-Mods - B Mods and Pure Streets.
The 2016 racing season is upon us in the River Valley. With Stock Cars, Warriors, Modifieds, Hornets, Late Models, and more all taking to the tracks again, this year promises to deliver excitement for the whole family. Parts & People has compiled a list of popular tracks in the St. Louis region...
Steve Field
ILLINOIS The Automotive Parts and Service Association of Illinois (APSA of Illinois) has awarded two scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year. Adam Wolfe of Carbondale, Ill. received a $500 scholarship and Declan Wold of Elsah, Ill. received a $250 scholarship. To celebrate its 100th birthday,...
For Brenda and Chris Watkins, Midwest Turbo Center is a complete family operation with a worldwide reach. Begun as a part-time operation to support a drag-racing hobby, the enterprise has blossomed into a business that has customers and contacts as far away as Australia and Saudi Arabia.
High Ridge Mo.--Tucked into the corner of a quiet Jefferson County industrial park here, Midwest Turbo Center has, over the past decade, extended its reach from St. Louis and the Midwest to points as far away as Europe, Australia, and the Mideast, offering service and repair of major turbo brands,...
Kansas City, Mo.—Keith Kern, general manager of CCW Forged Performance, a WELD brand, helped educate more than 500 students on careers in the performance aftermarket industry during Student Career Day at the KC World of Wheels in February. Student Career Day is an initiative to support the...

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