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Alton automotive shop named Small Business of the Month by RBGA

The RiverBend Growth Association has named Rister’s Automotive in Alton as its Small Business of the Month for January 2021.

Established in 1991 by Duane Rister, the business is a family owned and operated automotive and transmission repair shop offering maintenance and repair on all vehicles.

Rister’s is the home of ASE-Certified Technicians and offers free 27-point safety inspections.

“We are honored to be chosen as RGBA’s Small Business of the Month for January 2021, we hope this sets us off on a great 2021 versus the year we just went through,” co-owner Candy Rister said. “This recognition is a testament to our customer base and the quality of workmanship that we do here.”

Rister’s, a NAPA AutoCare Center, is at 1322 Milton Road and open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The phone number is (618) 465-5591 and the website is:

The RiverBend Growth Association selects a small business to honor each month.  Winners are selected based on a scoring system that awards points for number of years in business, number of employees, overcoming adversity and community service.

People can nominate small businesses for the honor by using the form at

The RiverBend Growth Association is the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development organization for the 11 communities known as the River Bend.  For more information about the Growth Association, visit or call (618) 467-2280.

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