Five states join forces to host inaugural Midwest Collision Repair Tradeshow and Conference

Feb. 7, 2022
April 1-2 event will be held in Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, Kansas
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The auto body associations of Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and the Iowa Collision Repair Association have joined forced to create and host the Midwest Collision Repair Tradeshow and Conference.

The event will be held April 1-2 at the Overland Park Convention Center in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, Kansas.

The Midwest Collision Repair Tradeshow and Conference will feature top industry speakers and workshop presenters, including Mike Anderson of CollisionAdvice and Mark Claypool from Optima Automotive. The tradeshow floor will include industry-leading companies such as Solidus, Axalta, Car-O-Liner, asTech, Optima Automotive, and more. At press time, exhibit space was still available but was expected to sell out fast.

Each of the state association presidents chimed in about their excitement centered around this, the Midwest’s largest trade show for collision repairers.

“We’re very excited to be a part of this inaugural multi-state trade show presented by five state associations. What better way to show how this industry can unite and be much stronger together?" said Brody Simpson, president of the Kansas Auto Body Association.

James Rodis, president of the Nebraska Auto Body Association, spoke on behalf of his state members.

“We are proud to bring the five state Midwest Collision Industry Tradeshow and Conference to our region. The excitement is building to make this show the important industry event.” Rodis challenged association members and others to “Show up!”

Pete Stemper, president of the South Dakota Auto Body Association, said, “This five-state event is going to bring all of us together to get the relevant information to help our shops face the future. South Dakota is proud to be part of this!”

Dick Merron, president of the Iowa Collision Repair Association, added his thoughts on this inaugural event. “This is a great message for our industry. Five states working together, world class educational speakers and a huge tradeshow bringing all the new tools, equipment and technology we need to face our future.”

And Jared Nicholson, president of the Missouri Auto Body Association added, “It is an honor to represent Missouri for the inaugural Midwest Tradeshow and Conference. Seeing five states come together for this show is a big step for our industry. It’s amazing what we can accomplish when we work together!”

“This will be a high energy, relevant event focusing on the future of our industry. We are embracing the changes and bringing shop owners, managers and technicians the information and tools needed to be in charge of next steps. This is a MUST-attend event,” said Janet Chaney, co-coordinator of the Midwest Tradeshow.

To register to attend, go to To register as an attendee, or to reserve exhibit space at the tradeshow, see the event’s website at Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Contact Janet Chaney, 480-720-2565 or Gina Cotton 402-304-2140. Hotel arrangements can be made at the host hotel, the Sheraton Overland Park at the Convention Center, call 913-234-2100. Mention the “Midwest Collision Repair Tradeshow and Conference” to get the special tradeshow block rate.      

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