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Jessica Ransom, along with her son Jordan, 15, and daughter Jayla, 6, were presented a totally refurbished 2006 Ford Focus.
ILLINOIS Zara’s Collision Center, of Springfield, presented a single mother a refurbished 2006 Ford Focus as part of its benevolence program. The vehicle was unwrapped during a recent luncheon ceremony of 150 attendees at Zara’s Collision Center.  Each year for nearly 20 years Zara’s has been...
AASP-MO Gateway Collision Chapter members and the Marine Corps worked together at the annual Toys For Tots Social.
St. Louis—The AASP-MO Gateway Collision Chapter recently held a Toys For Tots toy drive in conjunction with the United States Marine Corps to collect toys for less fortunate children in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Area donations were collected by members and brought together at a special event...
Jeff Coffey, owner of Coffey Automotive, says staff stays trained through NAPA and Vision Hi Tech training.
St. Charles, Mo.—Jeff Coffey, owner of Coffey Automotive, has seen the industry evolve over the last 40-plus years. “This past year we saw a lot of changes in vehicle electronics and creature features. The systems are becoming more advanced and you have to stay current with training and equipment...
Mike and Marcia Bach, owners of Mike Bach Auto Body, are preparing for their son, Jeremy, to take the reins of the business in the future.
Belleville, Ill.—Among the antique memorabilia and imposing gas pump, the I-CAR Gold Class plaque on the wall is one of the first things to catch the eye at Mike Bach Auto Body. According to I-CAR, only about 10 percent of collision repair shops achieve Gold Class recognition. Bach figures he...
Auto Beauty Specialists’ management staff includes, from left, General Manager Dave Denny, Owner John Garber, and Service Advisor Vinnie Aiello.
Olivette, Mo.—Filled with as many as a half-dozen glistening vehicles waiting to be delivered on its epoxy-coated floor, the showroom of Auto Beauty Specialists, at 1223 N. Price Road, could pass for a car dealer’s. “The whole object of it is you don’t have to wash a car twice,” General Manager...
Owners Charlie and Debbie Shelton (center) are seen here with staff from Jefferson College and Ranken Technical College in front of an antique Army transport vehicle.
Arnold, Mo.—Meineke in Arnold, Mo., provided current and former military personnel with a free “Basic Oil Change” on Veterans Day. It was the fifth year of the promotion at that location. Owners Charlie and Debbie Shelton estimated that more than 100 free oil changes were completed. Students from...
Carl Huels (left) and NHRA Racer Ron Capps honored Vietnam veterans at the NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis.
KENTUCKY/INDIANA Gary Shifflett, co-president of Fisher Auto Parts, announced the acquisition of Gipe Auto Parts company stores in Kentucky and Indiana by Fisher Auto Parts. The Gipe Auto Parts acquisition includes five company stores in Kentucky and a sixth location in Indiana and does not include...
From left: The staff at Taylor Truck and Auto includes Technician Josh Barbagallo, Owner Charlie Taylor, Technician Tyler Buxton, and Service Writer Jonathan Barbagallo.
Pevely, Mo.—Charlie Taylor, owner of Taylor Truck and Auto, is preparing for shop expansion with new bays and lifts, as well as additional new investments in tools and equipment.  “We will have full drive-through bays that will free us up from some space limitations that we have currently,” Taylor...
Navy veteran Terri Walker of St. Louis was given a 2010 Dodge Journey. Walker plans to use her new vehicle to help transport her sons to school, drive to her job as a private chef and caterer, and visit her.
ST. LOUIS (Nov. 16, 2016) – Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Progressive® Insurance came together last week with the National Auto Body Council (NABC), and many others in the collision industry to support military members and their families as part of the fourth annual Keys to Progress® program. This year...
After his speech, NHRA Funny Car driver John Force pauses for a photo with some of the career fair attendees.
Madison, Ill.—As the average age of a collision repair technician creeps up each year, many shops struggle with recruiting enough quality-minded, entry-level employees. But I-CAR’s Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) is doing something about the problem. Across the country, CREF has hosted...

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