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Dennis Carroll, owner of Don’s Body Shop in Overland, Mo., is celebrating his 40th year as owner.
Overland, Mo.—“Hey man, do you want to help me paint my car after work one day?” That question was the catalyst for a chain of events which would lead to a 45-year journey in the collision industry for Dennis Carroll, owner of Don’s Body Shop. Carroll is now celebrating his 40th year as a shop...
From left; Theo Eisenhut-Service Advisor, Doug Jacquot-Owner, Brian Balke-Technician, and Tom Rosales-Technician, of Jammin’ J Automotive, attended the Industry Professionals Reception at Vision.
The 27th annual Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo event at the Overland Park Convention Center, kicked off with Thursday morning training sessions and culminated with the “show within a show,” where exhibitors showcased diagnostic and other high-tech equipment. The main event Expo, held Friday...
Gladstone, Missouri – The Midwest Auto Care Alliance Technicians of Tomorrow Educational Foundation (MWACA TTEF), a 501(c3) not-for-profit organization, presented four $1,000 scholarships to vo-tech and college students pursuing a career in the automotive service industry. The scholarship checks...
Gipe Auto Color announced it will open the doors to its ninth location, serving the collision repair industry in the greater Lexington, Ky., area.
Gipe Auto Color announced it will open the doors to its ninth location, serving the collision repair industry in the greater Lexington, Ky., area. The new location at 1051 Floyd Drive Suite 100 in Lexington will be open to customer walk-ins, over-the-phone ordering, fax orders and online ordering....
Owners of Gator Automotive, Karen Greenberg (pictured) and her husband, George Williams, opened their current location after evolving the business into a full-service repair facility.
Carbondale, Ill.—Karen Greenberg and her husband, George Williams, owners of Gator Automotive have brought their repair shop a long way since their modest beginnings pumping gas. At first, working on cars and selling tires was a way to supplement gas sales, but they soon realized that it would have...
Owner Eric Hummel, alongside his wife, Jennifer, opened the new 21,000-square-foot facility off Big Bill Road in late December.
Arnold, Mo.—The doors opened in a brand-new 21,000-square-foot facility for Five Star Autobody in late December 2018 and owner Eric Hummel and his team have hit the ground running since. “We have only had the new shop for a few months, but already we are at full capacity on a regular basis. Our...
A 1960 Chevrolet Impala, painted by Jeremy Pruneau (Manns Restorations – Festus, Mo.) and a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro, painted by Tony Goodrich (Tony’s Rod & Custom – Bunker Hill, Ill.) are being featured in Sherwin Williams 2019 Calendar.
Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes has released its 2019 shop calendar, showcasing a full year of vehicle designs which includes a 1960 Chevrolet Impala, painted by Jeremy Pruneau (Manns Restorations – Festus, Mo.) and a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro, painted by Tony Goodrich (Tony’s Rod & Custom –...
Owners Lonny Childress (left) and Jason Childress made a career out of racing monster trucks in the 1990s, but their passion for restoring Mustangs inspired them to open Gateway Classic Mustang. They built Sammy Hagar a 1967 Mustang (above) with a custom handling package and a 560-HP Roush fuel-injected 427-IR motor.
Bourbon, Mo.—Jason and Lonny Childress have always been passionate about anything with a motor, especially Mustangs, of which they both owned and worked on growing up on the family horse farm. The Childress’ had made a career out of racing monster trucks for the likes of Team Bigfoot and Bearfoot...
Chris Van Winkle spent 34 years as an executive manager for a Fortune 500 automotive supply chain and logistics company before he and his wife, Sharon, acquired Fitz’z Service in 2017.
St. Louis—Chris Van Winkle, along with his wife, Sharon, were looking for a business investment opportunity back in 2017. Multiple avenues and countless hours of research led them to Fitz’z Service, where they had heard the previous owner was looking to sell. “We met with the owners and decided...
Washington D.C.—Once again, legislation was introduced in the Missouri Legislature that seeks to repeal the state’s vehicle safety inspection program. State Rep. J. Eggleston, assistant floor leader of the House, introduced House Bill (HB) 451. Eggleston introduced similar legislation last session...

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