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Alana Yates, a Contact Ministries resident and employed by Help at Home, became the owner of a 2007 Hyundai Entourage.
Jamie Smith, a single mother of two, and Alana Yates, a single mother of three, received vehicles in December through Zara’s Collision Center’s Benevolence Program. The vehicles were unwrapped during a luncheon ceremony of 150 attendees at Zara’s Collision Center, in Springfield, Ill. To be...
B.J. and Kim Berger took over ownership from Kim’s father, Bob Distler, in January of 2017.
Shiloh, Ill.—Located in the “backyard” of Scott Air Force Base is the small town of Shiloh, Ill., wherein lies Distler’s Automotive Repair. “We have quickly realized that servicemen and women love European cars. Being so close to the base has really helped drive our success,” said B.J. Berger, who...
“Thanks to local leaders and industry professionals, we rebuilt the mid-Missouri area to infuse a positive energy back into the region,” says Elisabeth Sobczak, I-CAR performance training coordinator.
Columbia, Mo.—The new Mid-Missouri I-CAR Committee has hit the ground running with its recent first meeting to identify the needs of the state’s collision repairers and schools. “Today’s vehicles are more complex than ever,” said Elisabeth Sobczak, I-CAR performance training coordinator. “To repair...
Jamie Smith with her refurbished 2009 Chevy Equinox.
SPRINGFIELD — Jamie Smith, a single mother of two, and Alana Yates, a single mother of three, received vehicles today thanks to Zara’s Collision Center’s Benevolence Program.     Smith, a Contact Ministries resident and Walmart employee, with her daughter Erica, 12, and son Ethan, 9, were presented...
McKay NAPA Auto Parts will present a $64,026.04 to Make-A-Wish volunteers in early December.
The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation announced a $30 million donation to The Nature Conservancy. The five-year donation, called the “Routes & Roots: Enterprise Healthy Rivers Project,” helps support The Nature Conservancy’s long-term water resource management initiatives and is expected to...
Owners Shawn and Shawna Martin opened OKC as a fabrication shop in 2003, which they quickly outgrew. The current location has helped the business grow exponentially, and now it will move into a new, larger 44-bay facility.
Sparta, Ill.—“If you don’t ask, it won’t happen.” That’s what Shawn Martin, owner of OKC (Overkill Custom) Autobody, says is key to making sure insurance companies don’t run your shop. “You would not believe how many times I have had to ask some companies before they finally agree to certain...
Hello from Southern Illinois University Carbondale! As the fall semester draws to a close, it is time to think of the spring 2018 recruiting season! SIU Career Services is excited to host the Spring 2018 Job and Internship Fair scheduled for Tuesday, February 20, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the...
Palm Beach Gardens, FL – November 20, 2017 – Big O Tires®, one of North America's largest retail tire franchisors with more than 400 independently-owned and operated locations in 23 states, is pleased to recognize the expansion of the brand in Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri in partnership...
, North America’s largest Multi-Shop Operator Network of independently owned collision repair facilities, welcomes CARSTAR Wyatt’s Collision Repair at 321 East 1st St, in Gibson City, IL., owned by Ken Wyatt, to the CARSTAR family. CARSTAR Wyatt’s Collision Repair provides comprehensive services...
AWARDS APPLICATIONS Service Facility of the YearThis award spotlights a single shop's efforts to promote professionalism in the automotive service industry, and judges review the business's practices, industry and association participation, community involvement and physical appearance of the...

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