River Valley

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...
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...

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