River Valley

Michelle Johnson, senior manager, Aftersales Strategy for Nissan North America, addresses Ranken students and representatives during an announcement about their new partnership.
RIVER VALLEY Ranken Technical College is launching a new educational partnership with Nissan North America that will provide automotive students with specialized training, certifications and additional career opportunities with Nissan and Infiniti dealerships. As part of Ranken’s Automotive...
Rhodes engines has been named Jasper’s largest installer in the nation multiple times, most recently for 2015, 2016 and 2017. From left are Jessica Rhodes (Scott’s Daughter) and owner Scott Rhodes, Technicians Rick Dahl and Allen Jamerson, and Sales/Front Office Kimberly Trendley.
St. Charles, Mo.—Efficiency is the driving force that Scott Rhodes, owner of Rhodes Engines, attributes the bulk of his shop’s success. The shop has achieved the highest honors that Jasper Engines & Transmissions has with the President’s Award, as well as being recognized as its top...
Ron Haugen presents “Measuring your marketing” to members of MWACA’s St. Louis chapter. The seminar was sponsored by Factory Motor Parts in St. Louis.
St. Louis— “So what?” That’s what Ron Haugen, former owner of Westside Auto Pros in Des Moines, Iowa, believes consumers are saying about the way a lot of shop owners showcase their business in advertising campaigns. “‘We have ASE-certified techs’ — so what? ‘We have $14.95 oil changes’ — so what?...
Three-time Top Fuel champion Antro Brown asks job fair attendees if they are interested in working for a race team.
Madison, Ill.—Like all worthy pursuits, reaching the top of his sport took a lot of “work into being great,” said three-time NHRA Top Fuel dragster champion Antron Brown, as he spoke to automotive service and collision repair students at the St. Louis I-CAR Collision and Automotive Job Fair Sept....
Dustin Holland is Parts & People’s new Midwest and River Valley Regional Manager.
Denver—Parts & People is pleased to announce Dustin Holland is the publication’s new Midwest and River Valley Regional Manager. A St. Louis-area native, Holland, who has worked in the aftermarket parts industry for nearly a decade, including writing for the publication, will be responsible for...
Proudly serving in their 81st-Year of Customer Service… McKay NAPA Auto Parts, with its 21 Central and Mid-West Illinois locations raised another huge benefit amount of funds in 2018, for Make-A-Wish Illinois to take care of local ill children.  McKay, the Family Owned and Operated Corporation...
San Jose, CA - Oct.  11, 2018: Kukui Corporation, the maker of the All-in-One Success Platform®, has formed a partnership with the Midwest Auto Care Alliance (MWACA) to help conquer financial barriers to success faced by auto repair shop owners. In this partnership, shops who join both MWACA and...
Owner Chris Steger (left) and his crew helped make repairs to a vehicle which was donated to CFS along with help from NAPA.
St. Louis—Sometimes the best way to beat the competition is to just buy them out. As Chris Steger’s shop, Steger Service, has grown, so has the need for expansion. Steger recently acquired a former Midas facility across the street which, for many years, was the source of the shop’s most direct...
Mazda’s G067 Doppler Simulator costs more than $3,000 and is used to calibrate blind spot monitors on the CX-3, MX-5, and some Mazda 6 models, while other models use a tripod-mounted stainless steel reflector. (Photos by Kirk Holland, Gladney Automotive Solutions)
Peoria, Ill.—A recent example illustrated what Eric Ziegler, owner of EZ Diagnostic Solutions, calls “The Wild West” of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), in which simple repairs now sometimes create new difficulties. His technician, Bryan Henry, was having trouble recalibrating the forward...
AASP-Missouri State President Mike Moehlenkamp explains how an inspection is performed and its overall importance to safety by catching possible future maintenance problems or failures.
St. Louis—To inspect or not inspect. While Missouri House Bill (HB) 1444, which failed to pass in May, would have ended the requirement of Missouri vehicle owners to have a state safety inspection before plates are issued or renewed. However, supporters of the bill have already filed motions to...

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