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Instructor Louis Waite (l.) teaches Ranken students about differentials during an afternoon session.
Wentzville, Mo.—Ranken Technical College has launched a diesel repair program at the Wentzville campus, which will meet the growing need for heavy-duty service professionals. It will address a variety of systems from air brakes, hydraulics and air conditioning to the ever-changing and complex...
Dan Foust acquired the truck when he was just 13.
Strongsville, Ohio—Dustin Foust, owner of Classic Restorations of Southern Indiana LLC in Floyds Knobs, Ind., garnered Top 25 honors with his 1955 Ford pickup at the annual Shades of the Past Hot Rod Roundup in Tennessee in September. Foust acquired the truck when he was just 13. He worked on it...
MEMA Senior Vice President Ann Wilson presented the 2016 MEMA State Leadership Award to Gov. Jay Nixon.
Columbia, Mo.—The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) has selected Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D-Mo.) for the 2016 MEMA State Leadership Award. The award was presented Oct. 7, at the Columbia facility of MEMA member company Dana Inc. MEMA represents more than 1,000 companies in the...
Ranken students and faculty were presented with the 2016 School of the Year trophy. (Photo by Dustin Holland)
MULTI-REGION WIX Filters and Tomorrow’s Tech magazine named Ranken Technical College, of St. Louis, 2016 School of the Year. Southern Illinois University Automotive Technology, Carbondale, Ill. was among four finalists from 140 entries. “We’re thrilled to be named the 2016 School of the Year,” said...
Carl Huels, Bartelso, IL, owner of Carl’s 4WD & Performance Center NAPA AutoCare Center and Huel’s NAPA AutoCare Tire and Service Center, hosted an event to salute area Vietnam Veterans.
ST. LOUIS (Sept. 25, 2016) – Carl Huels’ late parents, Carl Sr. and Helen, farmed the land and planted values within their son that blossomed into a beautiful family and a successful business. Along the way, the 62-year-old owner of Carl’s 4WD & Performance Center NAPA AutoCare Center in...
Front Row: Ed Hammann, Vice-President; Sue Miller, Promotions Coordinator / Executive Assistant; Jennifer Baggett, donor from Pro Automotive, Wood River; Earl Flack, McKay NAPA President; and Kathy Eames, Make-A-Wish Illinois.  Back Row: Norman May, Outside Sales Manager; Jim McKay; Mike Baggett, Pro Automotive; and Ryan Ocepek, Operations / IT Manager.  (Photo Courtesy of Journal-News, H)
Mid and Southwestern Illinois McKay NAPA Auto Parts concluded their 2016 Benefit for Make-A-Wish Illinois on October 6th at their 11th Annual Tool & Equipment Show.  The event was held at Staunton’s Crystal Ballroom, Staunton, IL.  This year’s total of $68,676.99 topped all previous amounts! ...
Owner Harry Wells orders aftermarket parts from South County Auto Parts. Wells took over Sylvan Springs Automotive in 1990.
St. Louis—Fall has arrived and the emphasis on ride control products is in full force. Many patrons will be seeking new tires for winter, new shocks to battle the rough roads, and whatever else they might need to help provide a peace of mind for the upcoming winter months. At Sylvan Springs...
From left, Body Shop Manager Jan Niezing Jr., Service Manager Chad Niezing, and Body Shop Manager Mike Bellinger keep customers coming back through personal attention.
Manchester, Mo.—Giving personal attention to World Wide Car Service & Collision Center’s customers keeps them coming back, and providing technicians a work environment that balances work and home life keeps them content, said Jan Niezing Jr., who manages day-to-day operations of the collision...
Jacob Leezy
MULTI-RIVER VALLEY REGION Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper announced that 33 students have been selected to receive the 2016 Advancing the Aftermarket and General College Scholarships. Each recipient will receive a $1,500 scholarship to help offset the expense of attending a college, university or...
Gary Boyher is now an instructor at Ranken.
MULTI-RIVER VALLEY REGION 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division, along with the Collision Repair Education Foundation, announced recipients of this year’s 3M Hire Our Heroes awards. The recipients include 54 students that are currently studying collision repair, and who have served or are currently...

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