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NAPA Tools and Equipment District Sales Manager Brian Pope displays some of the current diagnostic equipment available, including the OTC Encore and the MAHLE TechPRO, which Pope says is the fastest he has ever seen.
Mt. Vernon, Ill. - The NAPA Tools and Equipment program is keeping local automotive repair shops educated and up to date on current trends in tools and engine diagnostics equipment, said Brian Pope, district sales manager for the NAPA program. Pope wants shop owners and technicians to know that...
The Speed Stop Challenge sponsored by Power Stop, LLC
ILLINOIS Brake Parts Inc. (BPI) was honored with the NAPA Sales Leadership Excellence award at the annual NAPA Vendor Summit in Atlanta in February. Bruce Tartaglione, senior vice president global sales and marketing and Ron Hoxsey, vice president, sales NAPA, accepted the award on BPI’s behalf....
St. Louis I-CAR Committee members met recently to discuss plans for two career fairs, the first of which will be held in April. Back row, from l., are John Helterbrand, Kevin Chadwick, Julie and Josh Avello, Mike Kuechler, Larry Schmidt, Kevin Andert, and Ken Neuman; front row, from l., are Jamie Mathews, Jim Earnes, Dan Shymanski, Tricia Belz, Shelly Jones, Gene Slattery, Julie Hemann, and Terry Ticel.
St. Louis — Top recruiters, executives and students from the collision repair and automotive industries will gather at Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s global headquarters in St. Louis for the Collision Repair Education Foundation and St. Louis I-CAR Committee’s Greater St. Louis Area Career Fair Apr. 28....
From l., technician Jeremy Schrader, owner Ed Schrader, and technician Kevin Betzer stand in front of the family-owned and operated shop.
Valley Park, Mo.- Not even a flood can stop Ed Schrader and Bill’s Automotive from providing quality repair services in Valley Park. Recent flooding left the 4,000-square-foot shop under almost four feet of water, but Schrader said they persevered and didn’t let the event keep them down. “We were...
Garage Gurus Instructor Mark Ingram during a classroom session.
Maryland Heights, Mo.—The one-year-old Garage Gurus program, dedicated to keeping today’s technicians ahead of the curve, is housed in Federal-Mogul Motorparts’ St. Louis Training Facility, which program instructor Mark Ingram describes as “a Fantasyland for technicians.” “The facility is really a...
Tim O’Day, president and COO of the Boyd Group Inc., oversees 307 U.S. collision repair centers.
Skokie, Ill.—Through two acquisitions in Indiana last January and a new opening in Georgia in February, the Boyd Group Inc., branded as Gerber Collision & Glass in the U.S., has increased its national footprint to 307 locations.  The moves are part of an overall strategy to double the company’s...
Hi-Tech Automotive owner Tim Helmick (l.) has watched his repair shop grow into a seven-employee business that increasingly focuses on servicing European cars. With Helmick is service writer Tony Haungs.
St. Peters, Mo.— Ask Hi-Tech Automotive owner Tim Helmick what has surprised him most about becoming a repair-shop owner, and he would say the amount of time he spends on the behind-the-scenes work required to keep his shop humming. Looking back, that would be his biggest “wow” as a first-time...
Kentucky Kentucky’s automotive manufacturing industry is booming and Kentucky legislators have launched the state’s first automotive caucus to work directly with the industry to keep the automotive manufacturing sector growing and strong. This bipartisan group of lawmakers has pledged to...
Green Park Co-Owner Kevin Hughes purchased the business along with Bob Haag in 2011 after running it for his late Uncle Robert Jackson.
Green Park, Mo.—If you’re wondering as you drive by Green Park Automotive in South St. Louis County if you really did see a gas attendant pumping the customer’s gas, washing their windows or checking tire pressure, no need to drive back for a second look. The answer is yes, you did. Full-service...
From l., Rick, Corey, Gary, and Martin “Marty” Jungewaelter. As a second-generation shop, the business has transitioned successfully from its founding generation to its current ownership.
St. Louis, MO--In its nearly 40 years of business, Marty’s Auto Shop has experienced everything from name changes, location changes, and a 1984 shop explosion to a transition from an old-school Sinclair service station with a repair component to a modern full-service repair facility and...

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