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Urgent.ly Announces Collaboration With CCC for Towing Dispatch

Industry News - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 12:57pm

Urgent.ly, the digital roadside assistance platform, announced it is working with CCC Information Services Inc. (CCC) to contribute roadside assistance data and services to CCC’s recently launched connected data exchange.  CCC X will integrate Urgent.ly data into software-driven services to enable the automatic dispatch of the company’s more than 39,000 connected roadside assistance vehicles to the scene of accidents to ease, speed, and drive new efficiencies into collision and claims management.

“We’re excited to work on innovative new solutions with great technology providers like Urgent.ly,” said Mac Fraser, General Manager of Telematics, CCC. “The goal is to drive value back

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Spanesi Americas Announces Distributors Awards

Industry News - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 12:52pm

Spanesi Americas recently recognized individual distributors for their 2017 contributions and accomplishments during its ‘2018 Kick Off’ Distributor Meeting at its North American Operations Center in Illinois.

Among those recognized, Steve Smith, owner of Automotive Collision Equipment of Florida for his earning of the “Distributor of the Year” award for 2017. Steve’s activities in the Southeastern States set his organization’s efforts at the top of Spanesi America’s distributors.

“We are extremely proud of Steve for his contributions and accomplishments during 2017 to the Spanesi organization,” said Timothy Morgan, COO and Managing Director of Spanesi Americas. “Steve and his staff earned

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Deadline Extended for 2018 WIN Scholarship Program

Industry News - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 12:48pm

The application period for the 2018 WIN scholarship program has been extended to January 31, 2018.  WIN offers scholarships to provide tuition assistance, as well as educational and enrichment opportunities to qualified applicants. The program for 2018 consists of the College Student Tuition and Conference Scholarship award.

Scholarship requirement details and submission instructions are available online.

The College Student Tuition and Conference Scholarship awards are presented to students enrolled in a post-secondary collision repair technology program. Each scholarship recipient will receive a $1,000.00 scholarship to continue their post-secondary education in collision repair and a one-year WIN Membership.  Some recipients will

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AMi Approving Articles, Videos and Podcasts for Credit

Industry News - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 12:43pm

The Automotive Management Institute (AMi) announced it had begun the launch of its new “Alternate Methods of Learning” or AML Program.  The program makes AMi credits available for reading articles, watching videos or listening to podcasts.  The AML program will allow individuals pursuing an AMi certificate or designation to obtain additional elective credit hours and continue progress toward their professional achievement.  Also, the individual’s AMi transcript will maintain a record of the articles, videos or podcasts they have read, watched or listened to and passed a short quiz to prove comprehension.

“With over 2,000 industry professionals pursuing AMi certificates or

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U.S. Auto Body Repair Prices, Auto Insurance and Inflation Through December 2017

Industry News - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 12:32pm
Auto body repair prices in December up less than two percent compared to year ago. Auto insurance prices were up over seven percent during the same period.

The most recent government figures on inflation through December 2017 indicate the rate of growth of auto body repair prices has decreased taking it to a quarter point below the rate of inflation in 2017.  Both the price of auto insurance and body repair continues to increase above the rate of overall inflation during the past twelve months. The body repair measure’s growth is significantly less than auto insurance that increased more than

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Maaco Opens Location in New York State

Industry News - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 1:51pm

Maaco Collision Repair and Auto Painting announced the opening of a new franchise at 1525 East Henrietta Rd., in Rochester, N.Y. The facility is owned by Gregg and Zak Sadwick.

The facility is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Maaco Auto Painting & Collision Repair is a part of the Driven Brands, Inc. family of automotive aftermarket franchise brands based in Charlotte, N.C. Driven Brands is also the parent of CARSTAR.

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PPG Partners with University of Michigan’s Mcity for Autonomous Vehicle Testing, Research

Industry News - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 1:44pm

PPG (NYSE: PPG) announced its partnership with the University of Michigan’s (U-M’s) Mcity, a public-private partnership that brings together industry, government and academia to improve transportation safety, sustainability and accessibility for the benefit of the society. Mcity’s work includes operating the Mcity Test Facility, which is the world’s first purpose-built proving ground for testing autonomous vehicles, connected-vehicle systems and related technologies. PPG is the first paints and coatings manufacturer to join the Mcity partnership.

PPG is developing a broad portfolio of coatings to improve functionality and enable broad deployment of autonomous vehicles. These developments include exterior coatings that enhance vehicle

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I-CAR Launches Sustaining Partner Program To Support Collision Repair Industry

Industry News - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 1:41pm

The Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) announced today the formal launch of the organization’s new Sustaining Partner program. The program is designed to more fully engage insurers, OEMs, service providers and suppliers in support of I-CAR’s vision and mission in recognition of the value I-CAR creates for the industry and their respective organizations, and in return offer Sustaining Partners a portfolio of products, services and benefits relevant to their businesses.

As a Sustaining Partner, participating organizations are able to access the robust portfolio of I-CAR standard products and services that are relevant to their organizations including:

  • The full
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NSF International Announces Partnership to Lead Collision Repair Shop Certification

Industry News - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 1:34pm
Automotive collision repair industry experts Keith Risley and German Mejia will manage and grow NSF International’s automotive collision repair shop certification program

NSF International announced it recently partnered with industry experts Keith Risley and German Mejia to help grow NSF International’s automotive shop certification program. With over 50 years of combined experience in the collision repair industry, Keith and German will play a leading role in managing this NSF certification program. 

NSF International’s independent, third-party collision repair shop certification program evaluates and certifies shops that consistently demonstrate the ability to execute high-quality repairs and provide excellent customer service. Key requirements

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CIECA Announces 2018 Board Officers

Industry News - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 1:24pm

The Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association (CIECA) Board of Trustees announced it has elected the following officers for the year 2018:

  • Chair –   Clint Marlow, Allstate Insurance
  • Vice Chair – Steve Betley, Insurance Auto Auctions
  • Treasurer – Kim DeVallance Caron, Enterprise Holdings
  • Secretary – Jeff Schroder, Car-Part.com

Each of these officers will serve on the Executive Committee, which oversees CIECA’s business matters between board meetings and maintains the Board’s agenda.

Phil Martinez, Mitchell International, will assume the title of Past Chair on the CIECA Executive Committee.

CIECA collision industry Information Technology standards and provides implementation guides for electronic commerce.

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Mitchell Announces Blockchain Solution for Collision Repair Industry Data Sharing

Industry News - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 1:17pm
Solution would link insurers, vehicle manufacturers, repairers, suppliers, and other industry participants. Will demonstrate technology at event in Palm Springs, Calif. today.

Mitchell International, Inc. announced it will soon release a secure solution for sharing data among users within the collision repair and insurance claims industry that uses blockchain technology to provide a highly secure, distributed and advanced encrypted-data exchange between stakeholders.

Blockchain, popularized by cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, is a continuously growing list of records, referred to as blocks, which are linked and secured using cryptography. By design, blockchains are inherently resistant to modification. Mitchell is proposing a collision-centric

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Boyd Group Adds Collision Repair Center in Georgia

Industry News - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 1:02pm

The Boyd Group Inc. today announced the January 12, opening of a collision repair center in Lawrenceville, Ga. This brownfield development previously operated as a motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle repair shop. Now a Gerber location, this center is located in one of the major retail corridors off State Route 316. This well-traveled highway connects the University of Georgia to Atlanta and is commonly referred to as University Parkway.

“This newly developed center is located eight miles east of our Duluth location and further extends our presence into the northeast suburbs of Atlanta,” said Tim O’Day, President and COO of the

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Fix Auto Canada Adds Collision Repair Center to Network in Alberta

Industry News - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:58pm

Fix Auto Canada announced a second Fix Auto location for Morley Barnaby in Nanton, Alberta, Canada.  This shop follows Barnaby’s first facility which is located in Okotoks, Alberta. 

Barnaby has been in the collision industry for 40 years having started as a detailer, moving into management and then 12 years ago he and his wife opened their own shop. He first joined the Fix Auto network six years ago with his Okotoks location. 

“After many positive discussions with several long-time friends in the industry, we decided to join the Fix Auto network,” said Barnaby.  “Looking at the future of the

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Chris Kozina Named Group President for Driven Brands Paint & Collision Division

Industry News - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:41pm
Kozina to oversee CARSTAR North America, Maaco Auto Painting and Collision Repair and Drive N’ Style Brands; serve on executive leadership team

Driven Brands has named Chris Kozina, Group President for its Paint & Collision Division. Kozina, a longtime executive with MillerCoors, brings extensive retail, marketing and management experience to the organization.

Chris Kozina was named Group President for Driven Brands’ Paint & Collision Division.

Kozina, who joined Driven Brands in the fourth quarter of 2017, is overseeing the CARSTAR North America, Maaco Auto Painting and Collision Repair and Drive N’ Style brands, guiding more than 1,000 franchisees and retail

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Collision Repair Education Foundation Offering over $200,000 in Student Grants and Scholarships

Industry News - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 9:10am
Deadline to Apply is February 15

The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) 2018 grant and scholarship application period is now open to high school and post-secondary collision students who will be attending career and technical schools and colleges in the fall. The Foundation and its industry supporters offer over $200,000 in grants and scholarships annually, as part of their mission to promote collision repair education and create quality candidates for entry level job opportunities.

Details on eligibility requirements, and the applications, are available online.

“The scholarship has been a blessing in relieving some of my financial obligations while in school so that I can complete my degree. With my apprenticeship throughout the education, I feel that I will be that much farther ahead when graduation comes and I am able to pursue a full time job as a technician rather than just a helper,” said Scotty George, a 2017 CCC scholarship recipient.

George will graduate this spring with a Bachelor’s of Science in Technology Management with an emphasis in Collision Repair Technology and is currently employed at a collision repair center as a paint shop prepper and body man’s assistant.

 “The benefit of learning about the field in school and the exposure to the projects and tools used in the classroom is that then they go with me to work in the afternoon for real world experience. This has really helped solidify the things that I’ve been learning and helping me get ahead and even help teach my classmates from my real world experience. As awesome as this opportunity has been though, an apprentice type position doesn’t pay much, especially when you only get to work a couple of hours a day. It would have been near impossible to continue my education if I had had to solely pay for it myself,” continued George.

This year’s opportunities include:

  • 3M Hire Our Heroes Veteran Scholarships & Tool Grants
  • ABRA Auto Body & Glass Tool Grants
  • Atlanta I-CAR Committee Scholarships
  • Bob Smith Memorial Golf Outing Scholarships
  • Caliber Collision Tool Grants
  • CCC Michael Salvatore Memorial Student Repair Technician Scholarships
  • Collision Repair Education Foundation Board of Trustees Scholarships
  • Sears VoTech Tool Grants
  • The Lon Baudoux Legacy Scholarships
  • Nashville I-CAR Committee Scholarship
  • PPG Automotive Refinish Scholarships
  • Snap-On Tool Grants
  • Tim Clark Memorial Scholarships

This year’s deadline to apply is February 15, 2018, and winners are chosen and notified by phone or mail in April and May.

Melissa Marscin, Collision Repair Education Foundation Director of Grant Programs, said, “We are thankful for the collision industry support we receive that enables us to continue our scholarship and grant program for 2018. We could not offer over $200,000 in awards this year without their generous support. I encourage all students to consider applying as the awards can be life-changing helping students to graduating without debt or with a tool box ready for employment.”

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Maaco Adds Second Location in Memphis, Tennessee

Industry News - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 8:35am

Maaco Collision Repair and Auto Painting announced the opening of a new franchise, at 6397 Summergale Dr., Memphis, Tenn.  The facility is owned by Monica Serratos.

The facility is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Maaco Auto Painting & Collision Repair is a part of the Driven Brands, Inc. family of automotive aftermarket franchise brands based in Charlotte, N.C. Driven Brands is also the parent of CARSTAR.

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Women’s Industry Network  2018 Educational Conference May 7-9 in Indianapolis

Industry News - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 8:05am

The Women’s Industry Network (WIN) released additional details on their next Educational Conference being held May 7-9, in Indianapolis, Ind.

The theme for the event is Racing to Connect for the two and a half day event that brings education, connection and celebration to collision industry professionals each year.

As previously announced at the 2017 Conference, WIN’s home base for the event will be the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis. The hotel offers an abundance of meeting space to host the organization’s growing membership and is ideally located among Indianapolis’s many attractions.

“No one thinks of Indianapolis without the Indy 500,” stated

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Fix Auto USA Adds Seven Collision Repair Centers to Network

Industry News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 8:20pm
Total number of franchise locations now 126

Fix Auto USA announced the addition of seven franchise collision repair centers in the last two months, bringing Fix Auto USA’s total number of locations to 126.

The additional locations expand Fix Auto’s geographic footprint in multiple markets including: Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Northern California, Phoenix, San Diego, and Seattle. They are:

  • Fix Auto Anaheim North (Anaheim, CA) – Formerly Okuda’s Auto Body; operated by David Caulfield
  • Fix Auto Carlsbad Village (Carlsbad, CA) – Formerly Carlsbad Village Auto Body; operated by Richard Fish, his sixth location and second in the San Diego market
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Service King Graduates 25 Apprentice Technicians

Industry News - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 11:13am

Service King Collision Repair Centers announced 25 technicians have graduated from its growing Apprentice Development Program.

The latest graduating class comes less than two months after Service King welcomed 42 technicians into the workforce in November and just weeks after the career-training program became the first auto body repair apprenticeship to earn official registration from the U.S. Department of Labor.

 “It is always a privilege to celebrate our apprentice graduates,” said Tyra Bremer, Service King Vice President of Talent Development. “The entire Service King family is immensely proud of the hard work, dedication and commitment all 25 of our recent

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TechnaGlass Acquires Six Harmon Auto Glass Locations in Minnesota

Industry News - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 10:57am

TechnaGlass announced the acquisition of six Harmon Auto Glass stores in Minnesota. TechnaGlass will initially operate the six stores in the greater Minneapolis area under the Harmon Auto Glass brand. 

Troy Mason, founder and CEO of TechnaGlass stated, “We are thrilled to have acquired such a respected business as Harmon Auto Glass. We consider this acquisition to be a continuation of our commitment to becoming a national leader in quality and convenience within the industry…”

Harmon Auto Glass has been operating in Minnesota for almost 70 years starting in 1949 as a single auto glass replacement shop in Minneapolis that

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