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With a population of over 6,000, Valley Center offers excellent educational and recreational facilities. While you are in Valley Center you can watch little league sports, visit the Historical Museum, browse through the Edna Buschow Memorial Library, visit the city's parks or enjoy a summer musical production of the Valley Players. Only 10 minutes from downtown Wichita. Valley Center offers a small town atmosphere with big city opportunities.


July Business of the Month!

Congratulations to DZ Automotive and Truck Repair for being the July Business of the Month!



DZ Automotive has expanded twice since they started in 2009. Last move was in 2011 to their current location at 142 S Meridian Avenue, Valley Center Kansas

Updated shop includes state of the art equipment that increases business weekly.

With our last move we wanted more space and wanted to stay near the area of main and meridian.  This shop was just blocks away from our last location, and we now have 5,400 square feet. We have space for approximately 10 vehicles in the repair shop at one time and a customer waiting area and offices.  Today we are still upgrading our shop areas so they can have state of the art equipment and that way we can utilize the technicians time wisely.  We still have a wish list for large equipment purchases & upgrades, and every year we sit down with the technicians and they decided what will help them improve before we purchase any new equipment.

One of our purchases when we moved was the Hunter Alignment machine for our shop. We purchased it with all the bells and whistles, which included add-ons such as the undercar light kit, VIN scanner, drive on camera, and four-reel system for equalizing tire pressure.  Our sales rep Rick Angelica with Hunter Engineering said there was nothing else we could have added to the machine--we bought the full deal.  The investment sets DZ Automotive apart from the competition and helps us keep business local.  In addition to alignments, we are a full service shop for all vehicle makes and models.  We do it all from oil change and maintenance to full engine and transmission replacements.  We also have a tow truck that we run in addition to the service shop.

Zane Miller, who has more than 30 years of experience in the automotive repair industry, works in the shop, while Diane Miller runs the office and is the service writer.  We currently have 1 office/Scheduling helper and 2 additional technicians.  We see about 50 vehicles per week on average and are running about 10 new customers per week.  A lot of word of mouth, but we also advertise a lot.  We are getting a lot of hits off the websites, along with e-mails coming from the website--many people are setting up appointments through e-mail--people are really picking it up.

We have worked hard to grow our business and we have the best customers we could ask for.  We come to work for them.  They need us and we love doing what we do. 

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DZ Automotive & Truck Repair

142 S Meridian

Valley Center KS 67147

Phone # 316-755-1007



August Business of the Month

Congratulations to Bob Kellet Insurance Agency for being the August Business of the Month!

Carol VanLeeuwen grew up on a farm in southeast Kansas.  She began her career as an Insurance Agent in 2003 after working with Medicare billing for 3 years.  Carol managed an Independent Insurance agency, Wood-Dulohery Insurance, in Erie, Kansas.  After moving with her family to Mound City, Carol worked for Farm Bureau Insurance, as a Personal and Farm Insurance Agent, then, was later asked by Linn County Insurance to join their agency in 2006.  She worked there until she moved to Valley Center in 2010 to join the Bob Kellet Insurance agency.   Carol now writes all types of insurance, specializing in Commercial Business.

In 2006, she had completed and received the Certified Insurance Service Representative designation (CISR).  Following that designation, Carol began another extensive round of educational courses, and in 2012, she received the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation.   In October of 2013, Carol was named the “Outstanding Young Agent of the Year” by the Kansas Association of Insurance Agents.  

Carol resides just outside of Valley Center with her 3 children, Jessika, Tyler and Veronika.  She is also an artist and paints on commission, and is an active volunteer for several organizations.  Carol is currently the President of the Valley Center Chamber of Commerce. 


Marchele Wells started her career in insurance with Bob Kellet Insurance in 1998.  She specializes in Personal Insurance, which includes home, auto, dwelling, motorcycle & ATV, boat and RV policies. She loves to work with people and educate them about insurance.

Prior to her insurance career, Marchele worked as a pre-school teacher here in Valley Center, and later worked at the old Amoco Food Shop for 6 years.

Marchele is married to Troy Wells and has resided in Valley Center for almost 30 years.  Her husband, Troy has recently retired from the Sedgwick County Sheriff Department after 26 years of service.  He is now the Major over the Sedgwick County Reserves, part-time.  He also works full-time for KDOT as their Law Enforcement Liaison.

Marchele and Troy have 4 children, whom they are very proud of.  Brandie (and her husband Joe), David, Sammie and Slade.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and doing things around the home. 

General Membership Meeting

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 11:45am

Please join us on August 19 for our monthly membership meeting.  Bob Kellet Insurance Agency will be our sponsor for the month.  We will meet at City Hall at 11:45 (to begin at noon).


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