River Valley

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...
Owner Phil Meyer took over the family business and focuses on customer relationships as the key to success.
St. Louis—Phil Meyer says that staying in business is all about treating customers well. When customers bring their vehicle in for repairs at Meyer’s Automotive, they know from start to finish they are in good hands. Meyer’s Automotive began as a full-service Amoco station, which Meyer’s father...
Twin City Auto Body Shop Manager Mike Walkerhas been handed the reins and allowed to run the shop, with owner Keith Drinen trusting his decisions.
Crystal City, Mo.—Keith Drinen, owner of Twin City Auto Body, has been around the automotive industry all his life. Drinen’s father and uncle are retired from the automobile industry and his grandfather Walter Drinen started building and racing midget cars in the mid 1930s. When it came time to...
Roger Buhnerkempe (l.), and his son, Jake, are co-owners of J&R Collision Centers, which just bought Halbrook Auto Body & Paint in Shelbyville. They’re shown here at the groundbreaking of their Effingham facility, which opened in October 2014.
Effingham, Ill. — The collision repair business is on a roll for the Buhnerkempe family, with two new facilities added in less than two years. When Parts & People first spoke to Jake Buhnerkempe two years ago, his business, Jake’s Collision, was in growth mode, having moved into a larger...
NAPA Tools and Equipment District Sales Manager Brian Pope displays some of the current diagnostic equipment available, including the OTC Encore and the MAHLE TechPRO, which Pope says is the fastest he has ever seen.
Mt. Vernon, Ill. - The NAPA Tools and Equipment program is keeping local automotive repair shops educated and up to date on current trends in tools and engine diagnostics equipment, said Brian Pope, district sales manager for the NAPA program. Pope wants shop owners and technicians to know that...
The Speed Stop Challenge sponsored by Power Stop, LLC
ILLINOIS Brake Parts Inc. (BPI) was honored with the NAPA Sales Leadership Excellence award at the annual NAPA Vendor Summit in Atlanta in February. Bruce Tartaglione, senior vice president global sales and marketing and Ron Hoxsey, vice president, sales NAPA, accepted the award on BPI’s behalf....
St. Louis I-CAR Committee members met recently to discuss plans for two career fairs, the first of which will be held in April. Back row, from l., are John Helterbrand, Kevin Chadwick, Julie and Josh Avello, Mike Kuechler, Larry Schmidt, Kevin Andert, and Ken Neuman; front row, from l., are Jamie Mathews, Jim Earnes, Dan Shymanski, Tricia Belz, Shelly Jones, Gene Slattery, Julie Hemann, and Terry Ticel.
St. Louis — Top recruiters, executives and students from the collision repair and automotive industries will gather at Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s global headquarters in St. Louis for the Collision Repair Education Foundation and St. Louis I-CAR Committee’s Greater St. Louis Area Career Fair Apr. 28....
From l., technician Jeremy Schrader, owner Ed Schrader, and technician Kevin Betzer stand in front of the family-owned and operated shop.
Valley Park, Mo.- Not even a flood can stop Ed Schrader and Bill’s Automotive from providing quality repair services in Valley Park. Recent flooding left the 4,000-square-foot shop under almost four feet of water, but Schrader said they persevered and didn’t let the event keep them down. “We were...

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