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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...
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...

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