River Valley

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...
Owner Terry Rasch (l.) and the team at Rasch Automotive Service Center uses many of the necessary diagnostic equipment to service foreign and domestic vehicles.
Kirkwood, Mo.—Rasch Automotive Service Center has been in business since 1944, when Owner Terry Rasch’s father started the business after World War II as a Mobil service station. The family business has seen a plethora of changes to the automotive industry throughout its years of service and has...
Owner Scott Carline lives the off-road lifestyle when he is not behind the scenes at Axleboy Automotive. The business that started in 2004 has seen a recent change in the type of customer looking for Jeep customizations.
St. Peters, Mo.—Scott Carline, owner of Axleboy Automotive, has been in or around Jeeps for a long time. He began his career working as a Chrysler and Jeep technician but felt the need to take advantage of a business opportunity within the Jeep Community. “I really started to get into the Jeep...
Husband-and-wife team Steve and Marie Rennison require each technician take 60 to 80 hours of training annually.
Carbondale, Ill.—Little changes meant big business for The Auto Shop this year, to the tune of an 8 percent sales increase. Owners Steven and Marie Rennison stepped into stronger community roles last year, as president of Automotive Parts and Services Association (APSA) in Springfield and as vice...

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