River Valley

RIVER VALLEY MEMA recently weighed in on Missouri House Bill 1444, which if enacted would eliminate the vehicle inspection program in that state. In a letter sent to all members of the Missouri House of Representatives, Bill Long, president and COO of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers...
Former NASCAR driver and part owner of Federated Auto Parts Raceway Kenny Schrader will make several racing appearances at area tracks this year including Terre Haute Action Track, Macon Speedway, Tri City Speedway, and Federated Auto Parts Raceway.
The 2018 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 and...
SPRINGFIELD — Jay Alwood, Ryan Miller, and Travis Sunderland, students in Capital Area Career Center Auto Body Program, have completed their semester-long apprenticeships at Zara’s. The announcement was made by Brad Zara, president of Zara’s.     “It was an honor for us to include these three young...
From left: The St. Louis I-CAR Committee, recognized as Gold, includes Mike Croker, Dan Shymanski, Larry Schmidt, Shelly Jones, John Helterbrand, Gene Slattery, Josh Avello, and Julie Hemann.
RIVER VALLEY Attorney Todd Tracy of the John Eagle lawsuit will be AASP-MO’s guest speaker, Thursday, May 10, at Syberg’s Dorsett, 2430 Old Dorsett Road, Maryland Heights, Mo. The Axalta-sponsored event will feature a “Meet & Greet” with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Tracy will give his...
St. Louis Chapter of ASA-Midwest President Doug Jacquot shares his experiences and his path from tech school to shop ownership.
St. Louis—The St. Louis Chapter of ASA-Midwest held its second annual Automotive Career Panel and Dinner at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park. The event was mainly for students seeking a career in the automotive service industry and was an introduction to local independent shop owners and...
Chris and Jim Hetzler have opened a store in Davenport, building on Jim Hetzler’s 40 years of experience in custom painting and turning their attention to the collision repair market with Martin Senour Paints.
Davenport, Iowa—Jim Hetzler has been doing custom painting, graphics, and pinstriping for the past 40 years. From his home base, JC Hetz Studio, in Muscatine, he’s taught custom-painting classes across the country at shops, schools, and the SEMA Show booth of House of Kolor, the brand for which he...
From left: Original One Parts COO Dean Cerimeli, Original One Parts Chief of Staff Stephanie Hilburn, and Original One Parts Head of Engineering Sean Higgs were on hand for the St. Louis facility tour.
St. Louis—Original One Parts has been expanding its St. Louis facility. It also has distribution centers that are scheduled to open around the country this year. Original One Parts partnered with AASP-MO to provide a dinner and tour of its St. Louis facility recently, where collision shop owners,...
Deery Collision Center Manager Justin Clubb pushes for OEM certifications and the training needed for his technicians to perform OEM repair procedures.
Burlington, Iowa—In his five years at Deery Collision Center, Manager Justin Clubb has seen technology rapidly increase to the point that even a once-simple mirror replacement may now require recalibration. It’s why he’s pursued OEM certifications and their training requirements: to ensure his...
Parts Manager Brenda Walther says she is excited to bring on Omnicraft, a new aftermarket product line being offered by Ford to dealerships.
De Soto, Mo.— Joe Pettus, co-owner of Auto Plaza Ford, says he couldn’t be any more excited. “We have so much happening right now. We’re going to be opening a brand-new Quick Lane facility, remodeling our service area and showroom, as well as bringing on new product lines for our parts and service...
Vision Co-chair Ron Haugen, owner of Westside Auto Pros, said there were 500 first-time attendees at this year’s Vision.
Overland Park, Kan.—Vision’s Conference Breakfast featured a Saturday breakfast, numerous speakers, guest speaker Jon Gordon and fun facts:    •   42 states represented  •   Seven Canadian Provinces  •   Attendees from St. Martin and Zimbabwe  •   500 first-time attendees.    ASA-Midwest President...

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