FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AASP-Missouri Members Vote to Merge with Midwest Auto Care Alliance
Gladstone, Mo., August 9, 2022 – The members of AASP-MO (Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Missouri) have, in a unanimous vote, elected to merge with the Midwest Auto Care Alliance. Effective November 1, AASP-MO will close its doors and members will become part of the MWACA organization. MWACA will add the Gateway Collision Chapter to their long list of active chapters in the midwest, as well as merge the organizations two St. Louis mechanical chapters.
AASP-MO and MWACA have worked together over the years to educate the Missouri State Legislature on various industry-related issues. Their joint work included working to prevent the elimination of Missouri’s vehicle safety inspection legislation.
Seeing the benefits of merging to make the numerous benefits, services, and programs available to AASP-MO members, Ron Reiling (current AASP-MO Executive Director) reached out to Sheri Hamilton, executive director for Auto Care Alliance and the Midwest Auto Care Alliance, to discuss the possibility of joining forces once more, but this time on a permanent basis. Says Reiling, “Both associations are on the same page and our members are our top priority. MWACA is just a great fit for AASP-MO members and that is why we had no problem presenting the merger for the members to vote to accept and they did just that.”
Reiling, with his 23 years of experience as AASP-MO’s Executive Director and over 50 years in the industry, will be joining MWACA as the St. Louis Area Liaison and Legislative Lobbyist, and will monitor the legislative activities that affect the industry. Ron will continue to work closely with the Gateway Collision and St. Louis Mechanical Chapters. He will also represent MWACA on the many secondary and post-secondary school advisory boards and industry committees for both mechanical and collision.
“We look forward to working with Ron and the AASP-MO leaders and members as we join together to form a united voice for our industry. Together we can make a difference for collision and mechanical repair shops within Missouri and beyond,” said Sheri Hamilton. MWACA and its national parent organization, the Auto Care Alliance, continue to grow daily with this merger being an excellent example of its growth and future opportunities.
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The Auto Care Alliance serves independent automotive service professionals and was formed in January 2022. ACA currently has over 1,200 members in 40 states. Alliances that are part of the Auto Care Alliance include Northwest Auto Care Alliance (NWACA) – formerly ASA Northwest, Midwest Auto Care Alliance (MWACA), Mid-Atlantic Auto Care Alliance (MAACA) – formerly ASA Pennsylvania, Texas Auto Care Alliance (TXACA) – formerly ASA Texas, and Florida Auto Care Alliance (FLACA) – formerly ASA Florida. For more information about the Auto Care Alliance and the state and regional alliances that form the Auto Care Alliance, please visit www.autocarealliance.org.
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