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With the aid of his wife, Kim, who manages the office, Troyz Auto Body Owner Troy Spenard runs most aspects of the shop, from estimating to structural repair, bodywork, and painting, typically working on three or four jobs at a time.
Warrenton, Mo.—Even though large, high-production, DRP-driven MSO shops are the trend, industry experts acknowledge there is a place for other successful business models. Troy Spenard, owner of Troyz Auto Body, has a niche in delivering customized, personal service and quality at a slightly slower...
Owner Gary Hensley credits his success as a shop owner to corporate partnerships and national affiliations. Christian Brothers is a NAPA Auto Care Center and is the only AAA shop in Arnold, Mo., he says.
Arnold, Mo.—As someone from outside the industry, Gary Hensley and his wife, Robyn, saw an opportunity to serve a need for a quality and trusted service and repair shop in 2009 in Arnold, Mo. Through a series of events, they were guided to Christian Brothers Automotive and a host of industry...
Rolla, Mo.—Collision repair teachers are invited to the next meeting of the Missouri Collision Repair Instructors Association, where it will host an I-CAR PDP workshop at Rolla Technical Institute on February 24 at 9:30 a.m. Collision repair instructors can download the current I-CAR Professional...
Classic cars updated with modern performance are a focus of full builds at Classic Car Studio, says President Noah J. Alexander. It will display its recent build, a ’55 Chevy Nomad named “Gone Mad,” at the Detroit Autorama in February.
Brentwood, Mo.—Sitting four inches off the ground and draped over a road-hugging Roadster Shop Revo chassis with meaty 335/35/20 rear tires, “Gone Mad” still retains the timeless “shoebox” look that first hit the streets more than 60 years ago. But underneath its flawless skin, finished in a two-...
Hoffman Estates, Ill.—The St. Louis I-CAR Committees awarded six schools with $25,000 in school grants at the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s annual reception at SEMA. The schools applied for the Education Foundation’s 2016 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grant and the funds...
Julie and Brad Zara (far right) present the Doenation check to board and staff members of Contact Ministries in Springfield, Ill., in January.
ILLINOIS/INDIANA/MISSOURI Area 30 Career Center, Greencastle, Ind., received a $5,000 grant, and Kennedy King College, in Chicago, received a $1,000 grant, as a Collision Repair Education Foundation’s 2016 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grant winner. It was announced at the...
Lance Getz, of PPG, presented on OEM position statements and scanner use.
St. Louis—As more and more OEMs incorporate advancing electronics, including sensors that can be damaged or disrupted during a collision, shops must be increasingly diligent in their repair processes to ensure a safely repaired vehicle. Several vehicle manufacturers have recently issued position...
Owners Frank Mudro III (left) and Caleb Schriewer opened Full Service Automotive together. “Frank and I were both young and ambitious and wanted to make a name for ourselves as business owners. In 2013, we decided it was time to take our shot,” Schriewer says.
St. Louis—Full Service Automotive, in South St. Louis County, is a high-volume repair facility tucked away on a dead-end road. With a location off of the beaten path, owner Frank Mudro and business partner Caleb Schriewer had to make use of the fact that they were in a commercial and industrial...
Jessica Ransom, along with her son Jordan, 15, and daughter Jayla, 6, were presented a totally refurbished 2006 Ford Focus.
ILLINOIS Zara’s Collision Center, of Springfield, presented a single mother a refurbished 2006 Ford Focus as part of its benevolence program. The vehicle was unwrapped during a recent luncheon ceremony of 150 attendees at Zara’s Collision Center.  Each year for nearly 20 years Zara’s has been...
AASP-MO Gateway Collision Chapter members and the Marine Corps worked together at the annual Toys For Tots Social.
St. Louis—The AASP-MO Gateway Collision Chapter recently held a Toys For Tots toy drive in conjunction with the United States Marine Corps to collect toys for less fortunate children in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Area donations were collected by members and brought together at a special event...

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