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There will be more than 20 new exhibitors at VISION HI-Tech Training and Expo. MWACA Executive Director Sheri Hamilton says the event is further ahead in booth sales compared to any other year.
Gladstone, Mo.—It will be an exciting year for the upcoming VISION Hi-Tech Training and Expo, which will feature brand new training opportunities, fresh new trainers and exhibitors, and a celebration of the formation of MWACA (Midwest Auto Care Alliance). The event will be held from Feb. 28 through...
Mark Foppe, owner of Auto Tech Auto Center, says the future of the industry hinges on training and education in ADAS and vehicle information systems.
O’Fallon, Mo.—When Mark Foppe purchased AutoTech Auto Center in 2016, the foundation was already laid for him to takeover a successful shop by the previous owners, yet he knew there were new opportunities. “I decided that there was room for some improvement. This year we have had five of the...
Tim Paap, owner of Paap Auto Body, says, “The collision industry is changing at such a rapid pace that you have to be almost like liquid. You have to be able to move and fall into place with whatever changes come and go.”
Mattoon, Ill.—The future of the collision repair industry is certainly dependent on many unforeseen factors, but as technology and OE repair processes evolve, so must Tim Paap, owner of Paap Auto Body. In a primarily rural market, Paap has adapted and succeeded to ensure that whatever may come, his...
Community Wholesale Tire, which distributes tires to dealers in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, opened a new 77,000 square foot warehouse in Peoria, Illinois on Monday, 12/3/18.  The company currently operates warehouses in Kansas City,...
Grace Robnett (right) shares her story of how she chose the collision repair program at Lewis and Clark Career Center. She has aspirations of painting for Boeing after graduation.
St. Charles, Mo.—WAC (Women in Auto and Collision), an industry group formed to create awareness of career opportunities, celebrated its first year at Lewis & Clark Career Center’s recent monthly membership meeting. Group leadership spoke with the school’s auto body program instructor,...
Joe Barton from Bosch/Robinair provides an overview of the past, present and future of R-1234yf at a recent AASP-MO meeting.
Fenton, Mo.— There are more than 61 million vehicles in the world with R-1234yf and about nine million in the U.S, and the global warming impact of R-1234yf is far less than R-134a, so the use of R-1234yf will continue to increase drastically over the next five years. That was the message delivered...
Zisser Tire Wholesale added the OTANI line of passenger tires.
St. Louis-based Energizer recently acquired Spectrum Brands’ Global Auto Care Business (Spectrum Auto Care) in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $1.25 billion. The acquired portfolio includes some of the industry’s most globally recognizable brands, including Armor All, STP and A...
From left are Service Advisors Jeff Bornefeld and Larry Schlichting, Owner Ron Tinner, and Technicians Doug Orf and Doug Ziegler. Sparks Tire and Auto embraces new technology and equipment as a NAPA AutoCare Center and AAA approved repair facility.
St. Charles, Mo.—Since taking over ownership of the shop he had worked at as a tech for 15 years, Ron Tinner has always been an early adopter of new technology and products. “If it makes life easier for my techs and our customers, then why not embrace it,” said Tinner, who has owned Sparks Tire...
The team at Don’s Auto Body is a tight knit group. Each member of the staff, along with Co-owners Dave and Adam Tritz, helps maintain the success the shop’s had for almost 50 years.
St. Charles, Mo.—Driving through the historic district of St. Charles, especially during the holiday season, is like traveling back in time. The cobblestone streets and brick buildings are reminiscent of a simpler time before technology became a driving cultural and industrial force. Dave and Adam...
Shelly Jones, Business Development manager for Performance Sales Solutions, and Gene Slattery, CEO of Automotive Technology Inc. (ATI), attended Ranken’s career fair. Jones is also president of Women in Auto and Collision’s (WAC) St Louis Chapter, which promotes growth of female roles within the automotive industry.
St. Louis—“We need young, qualified technicians and support staff.” That was the consensus among the 50-plus employers from the automotive industry, who recently attended Ranken Technical College’s career fair in October. Fixed Operations Manager Derek Christian and Service Manager Andy Stumm of...

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