River Valley

Owner Harry Wells orders aftermarket parts from South County Auto Parts. Wells took over Sylvan Springs Automotive in 1990.
St. Louis—Fall has arrived and the emphasis on ride control products is in full force. Many patrons will be seeking new tires for winter, new shocks to battle the rough roads, and whatever else they might need to help provide a peace of mind for the upcoming winter months. At Sylvan Springs...
Gary Boyher is now an instructor at Ranken.
MULTI-RIVER VALLEY REGION 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division, along with the Collision Repair Education Foundation, announced recipients of this year’s 3M Hire Our Heroes awards. The recipients include 54 students that are currently studying collision repair, and who have served or are currently...
Owner Terry Rasch (l.) and the team at Rasch Automotive Service Center uses many of the necessary diagnostic equipment to service foreign and domestic vehicles.
Kirkwood, Mo.—Rasch Automotive Service Center has been in business since 1944, when Owner Terry Rasch’s father started the business after World War II as a Mobil service station. The family business has seen a plethora of changes to the automotive industry throughout its years of service and has...
Owner Scott Carline lives the off-road lifestyle when he is not behind the scenes at Axleboy Automotive. The business that started in 2004 has seen a recent change in the type of customer looking for Jeep customizations.
St. Peters, Mo.—Scott Carline, owner of Axleboy Automotive, has been in or around Jeeps for a long time. He began his career working as a Chrysler and Jeep technician but felt the need to take advantage of a business opportunity within the Jeep Community. “I really started to get into the Jeep...
Husband-and-wife team Steve and Marie Rennison require each technician take 60 to 80 hours of training annually.
Carbondale, Ill.—Little changes meant big business for The Auto Shop this year, to the tune of an 8 percent sales increase. Owners Steven and Marie Rennison stepped into stronger community roles last year, as president of Automotive Parts and Services Association (APSA) in Springfield and as vice...
Car Craft Auto Body General Manager Phil Meier stands on the mezzanine that overlooks the production area, geared up for a large number of non-driveable vehicles.
Oakville, Mo.—With the May 16 opening of its Oakville location, multi-shop operator Car Craft Auto Body now has three shops strategically located in the north, south, and west of the St. Louis metro area.  “A customer can get to any of our locations within 15 to 20 minutes,” General Manager Phil...
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...
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...

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