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Bob's Automotive; Moore at wind conference; Small-business meetings

Mar 18, 2013

Bob’s Automotive employees trained


Bob’s Automotive Inc. employees attended the Automotive Service Association Vision Hi-Tech Training and Expo March 7-10 at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kan.

This year, the ASA celebrated its 21st year in the Midwest hosting training events.

The 2013 VISION event featured more than 85 management and technical training courses designed for shop owners, managers and technicians. Technical training courses included a selection of live-car and hands-on sessions, which are taught by some of the industry’s leading instructors.

Richard Kyle and Joseph Garretson attended all four days of the event. They received 19 hours of Ford diesel training, eight hours of Toyota tech stream, TIS training, plus other specialized training.

Also attending for the March 9-10 session were Justin Davison, Jake Fritts, Bob Keller, Clint Keller and Jeremy Miller. They received training in various courses covering diesel, Smart Key, fuel trim, drive-ability and related courses.

Bob’s Automotive employees received a total 112 hours of training.

“We strive to get 40 to 60 hours of updated training every year to keep up with the changes in the industry, today’s techs must be resourceful ... We must have information partners,” said Bob Keller, president of Bob’s Automotive. “These classes are not focused on pattern-failures, but system understanding, which is so useful in developing and refreshing diagnostic skills. There isn’t another venue where we can receive this quality and diverse amount of training. This is the largest weekend training event in the country.”


Moore speaking at wind conference


The sixth annual Iowa Wind Power Conference has been scheduled for March 25-27 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.

Iowa’s national leadership in the wind energy industry will be on display.

“The conference will feature state and national leaders, such as Iowa Gov. Branstad, U.S. Representatives Kind and Loebsack, an official from the U.S. Department of Energy, transmission project updates, dozens of new wind energy research displays, 20 breakout sessions, and 60,000 square feet of exhibit space.” said Michael Moore of Fairfield, a board member of the Iowa Wind Energy Association.

Moore, who works for Pattern Energy, also will present at the conference during the Large Scale Wind Development breakout session.

A new research project concluded that wind and solar energy coupled with new storage technologies and transmission improvement could supply 99.9 percent of a large regional utility by 2030 at consumer cost comparable to today. Large-scale wind, small-scale wind, and all types of wind projects will find beneficial information.

IWEA members receive a registration fee discount for the conference. The preliminary program, registration forms, and IWEA membership forms can be found on the Iowa Wind Energy website at www.iowawindenergy.org.


Small-business meetings set April 8


Small Business Development Center meetings are set April 8 at the Indian Hills Jefferson County Extension Center in Fairfield.

Bryan Ziegler of the Small Business Development Center in Ottumwa will meet one-on-one with people who are considering starting up, have just started up or have been in business for a few years.

Ziegler reviews and provides advise in writing business plans and provides information related to government-related financing opportunities, such as Small Busines Administration loans.

Appointments are required for the one-hour meetings. Email Mario Van Dijk of the Fairfield Entrepreneurs Association at mario@fairfieldentrepreneur.com to check for timeslots still available.

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