River Valley

INDIANA Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems recently recognized the achievements of channel partners in its Premier Distributor Program (PDP). Bendix honored 36 companies, among them was Auto Wheel & Rim Service Co., of Evansville, as a platinum distributor for “outstanding performance for fleet...
From l., Owner and Lead Technician Darrell Miller, Owner Jeff White, and Owner Don Harbaugh are longtime friends and now business partners.
Crystal City, Mo.—STL Diesel likes to work where it plays. Three friends — Jeff White, Don Harbaugh, and Darrell Miller —  got together every Saturday for breakfast for six months and tried to figure out a plan on how to go into business together. They opened what is now STL Diesel (formerly...
Jimmy Newman
ILLINOIS The inaugural 2016 Truck & Off-Road Festival will take place Friday, Aug. 12, and Saturday, Aug. 13, at Gateway Motorsports Park, in Madison. The event includes quarter-mile drags, autocross, UTV and side-by-side racing, and a 4x4 obstacle course. The annual Truckin Throwdown event...
Familiar faces at FinishMaster’s St. Louis branch include Business Director Tom Adams (c.) and Sales Manager Kevin McDermott (l. of Adams.)
St. Louis—The collision repair industry is changing rapidly across the country, with consolidation of shops and distributors alike. A case in point is Dale Hughes’ sale last December of Colormaster Automotive Paint, a 15-location business he founded in 1991, to FinishMaster, the Indianapolis-based...
Jim Lambert, who opened Jim’s Muffler and Brake in 1992, says his eight-year-old partnership with NAPA has contributed to the shop’s continued success.
Barnhart, Mo.—Jim’s Muffler and Brake partnered with NAPA in 2008 to become a NAPA AutoCare Center and the marriage has been a good one, owner Jim Lambert said. “We were approached by NAPA because they saw the volume that we did and thought we would be a good fit for them. My color scheme at the...
The office crew at Scott’s Master Auto Repair are, from l., Receptionist Bev Hackmann, Owner Scott Ramsey and Service Writer Pam Mead. Ramsey still likes to get into the shop and get his hands dirty but spends about half his time in the front.
St. Louis— Being a fairly new owner to a business can sometimes be challenging, but Scott Ramsey says keeping old philosophies intact is the key to Scott’s Master Auto Repair. “It is my goal to treat every customer that comes in here like they matter. We get to know our customers and build...
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...

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