ATRA Midwest

The ATRA Midwest Chapter welcomes you to our website. Our chapter is affiliated with ATRA — the Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association. ATRA is an international trade association for the professional automatic transmission repair industry. The Midwest Chapter offers its members opportunities they could not realize on a National or International basis. The primary purpose of our chapter is to engage in local activities that directly affect and enhance the transmission rebuilding industry.


The Midwest Chapter was founded by Al Tank in the 1970's era. Long time Board Officers included Red Girdley, Ed Howe, Al Tank,and Denny Stearns. The Midwest Chapter Seminars were organized by these men when no one else was available. They developed strong ties with our Industries top suppliers,which continue to strongly support the Midwest Chapter today.Red Girdley had the ability to seek out individuals to become Chapter Board Officers, many of which continue to serve today. The Midwest Chapter annually arranges 3 area seminars in Minneapolis, Des Moines and Chicago. The Chapter awards gift certificates,arranges hospitalities,provides business seminars and chapter meetings.


The ATRA Board of Directors has voted to allow ATRA Technical Subscribers the use of the ATRA Member logo in their advertising. They are also listed in the online Member directory (Shop Finder). In the directory, Rebuilder Members and Technical Subscribers are clearly noted.

Rebuilder member may wish to use the alternate logo which designates them as an “ Authorized Warranty Service Center".  All available logos are downloadable in the logo section of this web site.