September 8, 2020
Gladstone, Missouri – In response to requests from independent repair facilities from across the country, the Midwest Auto Care Alliance (MWACA), has announced they will begin accepting virtual members beyond their original six state territory effective immediately. These virtual members will have access to the same great training and benefits that current MWACA shop members receive.
Membership benefits include auto parts rebate programs, health insurance, early VISION registration, free ACT Auto Staffing account, and a print subscription to the association’s quarterly publication, MWACA Magazine. In addition to these and other money‐saving benefits, virtual members will have access to the MWACA Training Portal, free online training provided through the MWACA Exchange events, and other virtual training and roundtables for members only.
MWACA’s leadership voted unanimously for the expansion at a recent MWACA Leadership Summit on August 29. MWACA had initially offered membership within Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, which was the association’s original territory. “This change in membership came as a result of numerous inquiries from shops who didn’t have training and chapter meetings locally. They knew what MWACA had to offer but they were outside our area. The current environment has made virtual training and communication more acceptable to the shops in our industry,” stated Tim Davison, MWACA President and owner of Chumbley’s Auto Care in Indianola, Iowa.
“As MWACA approaches its second anniversary operating under the MWACA banner, we look forward to expanding our offering of benefits and programs which have made our association so popular and successful,” says Sheri Hamilton, MWACA Executive Director. Repair facilities can join MWACA for only $275 a year. Additional information about MWACA membership can be found at www.mwaca.org/join.
MWACA is a 501(c)6 non‐profit trade association led by independent automotive service professionals and serving the needs of service professionals throughout the Midwest and beyond. Beginning as a seven‐county Kansas City chapter in the late 1980’s, the progressive affiliate grew into ASA Missouri/Kansas, and continued to grow and expand into a six state affiliate known as ASA‐Midwest. The affiliate separated from the national organization in September 2018 and became an independent regional association. As one of the premier and most active associations in the country, MWACA has chapters throughout their territory, as well as numerous Shop Owner Support (S.O.S.) Groups, a shop mentor program, and they are also the founder and host of the VISION HiTech Training & Expo event for 28 years. Information about MWACA and VISION can be found at www.mwaca.org and www.visionkc.com.