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Service King Welcomes 37 Technicians to Apprentice Program

Industry News - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 11:13am

Service King Collision Repair Centers welcomed its latest class of technicians to its Apprentice Development Program last week. In total, 37 aspiring technicians took part in celebratory Signing Day events at 10 different Service King locations across the U.S.

With the influx of young talent, Service King’s innovative program now grows to more than 160 technicians in active apprenticeships across the U.S. The Apprentice Development Program officially launched in 2015 and has already graduated more than 60 technicians into the Service King workforce while more than doubling in overall size during that time.

 “The Apprentice Development Program continues to be

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Services Announced for Howard Batchelor

Industry News - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 11:08am

Services have been announced for Howard Batchelor, the long-time executive director of the Georgia Collision Industry Association, who passed away last week.

Memorial services will be held Wednesday, September 20 at 2:30 p.m. at Roswell United Methodist Church in the Chapel.

Ingram Funeral Home, Cumming, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be made at online at www.ingramfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to the Collaborative Ependymoma Research Network, CERN Foundation, P.O. Box 217, Zionsville, IN  46077.   

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I-CAR Launches Estimator Interactions Course

Industry News - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 11:01am

To better equip collision repairers with the knowledge and skills they need to develop and present quality repair estimates, I-CAR has launched a new course designed to focus specifically on exploring the Estimator Professional Development Program (PDP) role.

The course, The Art and Science of Estimator Interactions, will allow students to participate in activities that will sharpen their skills in communication, conflict resolution, estimating, and customer service. These traits are important in the repair process as the estimator ensures that customers fully understand the work that needs to be done, and they and the insurance company approve the estimate. 

This

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CIC Committee Seeks Collision Repair Facility Staff Input on Training

Industry News - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 11:09am

The Collision Industry Conference (CIC) Education & Training committee is currently conducting a survey of collision repair facility office support staff and technicians on training needs and delivery methods. The committee is asking employers to forward a link to the survey with their staff (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XFBVBWN) to improve the response rate and the value of the information.

Jeff Peevy, president of the Automotive Management Institute and co-chair of the committee explained, “The goal of the CIC Education & Training Committee survey is to provide the industry with an overall non-management perspective on training and education.  Most surveys, including our

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Federal Highway Administration Showcases Truck Platooning Technology in Virginia

Industry News - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 10:44am

The Federal Highway Administration yesterday conducted the first of a two-day demonstration of three-truck platoons on I-66 in Centreville, Va., several miles outside the nation’s capital. The results of a four-year research project to test the effectiveness of state-of-the-art driving and communications technologies were showcased at the event.

 “The future of innovative new technology to help our drivers navigate the road more safely is so full of promise; it’s a future where vehicles increasingly help drivers avoid crashes,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. “As technology advances, safety is a primary concern of the Department, but the benefits of

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National Auto Body Council Awards Nomination Deadline Extended to September 22 

Industry News - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 10:29am

The National Auto Body Council has extended the deadline for nominations for its Award of Distinction and Body Shop Image Award to Friday, September 22. 

Nominations can be submitted online in two award categories: 

  • Award of Distinction
    The Award of Distinction celebrates extraordinary efforts by individuals or groups from the collision industry who selflessly give of themselves for the benefit of others, and at the same time, exemplify the integrity and professionalism of collision industry professionals.
  • Body Shop Image Award
    The Body Shop Image Award recognizes the positive impact an attractive, well-designed facility will have on its surrounding community. This
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UK Competition Authority Proposes LKQ Subsidiary to Sell Locations to Satisfy Competition Concerns

Industry News - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 10:23am
CMA wants Euro Car Parts to divest locations in 10 cities to satisfy competition concerns with its acquisition of Andrew Page.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the United Kingdom yesterday detailed concerns it has with LKQ Corporation subsidiary Euro Car Parts’ October 2016 acquisition of competitor Andrew Page. Both companies sell car parts and components to independent repair facilities and to larger national or multi-regional customers, including repair center chains, vehicle fleets and roadside assistance companies.

A group of independent panel members at the CMA has investigated the merger. The group identified 10 local areas in England where

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Maaco Adds Location in Iowa

Industry News - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 9:38am

Maaco has opened a new location in Ankeny, Iowa to serve the Des Moines region. It is the second location in the marketplace.  Owned by Paul Hagner, it is located at 1407 SW Ordnance Rd.

“We are looking forward to our partnership with Maaco and the resources, operational support and national brand power they offer,” said Hagner, a former John Deere manager.  “We are ready to serve drivers in the Des Moines market with the highest-quality painting services and collision repair.”

Delaware Location Sold to 39 North Capital

Maaco also announced that  39 North Capital, LLC has acquired the Maaco

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CIF Extends Assistance to Hurricane Irma Victims

Industry News - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 10:40am
Provides details on how the collision repair industry can help assist industry victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) announced that its current relief efforts to Hurricane Harvey victims would be extended to Hurricane Irma victims as well. In addition, a “How to Help” guide has been assembled for those wanting to assist those in need.

CIF is using all donations for emergency living and/or tool replacement expenses.

CIF is committed to working with all industry segments to deliver aid to those devastated by these storms. The CIF’s mission is to deliver emergency relief directly to collision repair professionals. CIF is calling on all shops, trade groups, equipment companies, paint companies, insurance companies and all other industry organizations that can assist in this relief effort. 

To tell of the devastation, one shop owner shared that his shop was buried in over 10 foot of debris and still had 6-7 feet of water inside. He lost everything, had no flood insurance, and more importantly, 30 of his employees are out of work with no income for themselves or their families. Another manager at a dealership body shop shared that his painter and his family were air-lifted off the roof of their home with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. We encourage everyone within the industry to support our efforts, EVERY dollar counts and will help your fellow industry professionals in need!

“CIF was there after Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy – and other natural disasters – to deliver aid to those professionals in our industry impacted,” stated Michael Quinn, Chair of CIF Disaster Relief. “We have a dedicated group of volunteers that are working hard to identify those in need from within our industry and get them the help they need. If you know of persons in need, please send them our way! And, if you want to help please donate at the CIF website.”  

To donate to the Disaster Relief Fund or apply for assistance please visit the Foundation’s website or contact them via email: collisionindustryfoundation@gmail.com or phone Toll Free (855) 424- 3243 or Direct (804) 427-6982.

 

How to Help Guide

Hurricane Harvey/Irma Relief Effort

We all want to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey & Irma, especially our fellow collision repair brothers and sisters. This work will be ongoing for at least one year as there are so many in need. Here are some ideas to consider:

  1. Donate now and every month at: http://collisionindustryfoundation.org/disaster-relief-hurricane-harvey/
  2. This coming Christmas season, instead of the usual office gift exchange consider adopting an industry family in need.
  3. If you participate in any Rotary or other service organizations please let them know we exist and are seeking donations.
  4. Do you have an annual trade golf outing or other annual fundraising event you participate in? Request that this year’s proceeds go to the CIF Harvey & Irma Relief effort.
  5. Easy, no cost – consider changing/editing your email signature to include this Harvey logo/link

Your name etc.

Contact info etc

I’m making a difference with Hurricane Harvey & Irma by assisting my industry’s brothers and sisters devastated by this natural disaster. 100% of all funds go to those in need.

Donate NOW to the Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) – Harvey & Irma Relief Fund!

Click image (link to http://collisionindustryfoundation.org/disaster-relief-hurricane-harvey/ ): 

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Copart Expands New Orleans Location

Industry News - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 10:29am

Copart, Inc. (NASDAQ:CPRT) announced the expansion of its New Orleans, La. location at 14600 Old Gentilly Road. The New Orleans expansion marks the twelfth Copart expansion announced this calendar year.

“So far in 2017, we’ve expanded locations as far west as California, as far east as New Hampshire, and several in between,” said Jay Adair, CEO of Copart. “Across the United States, each expansion bolsters our ability to serve our insurance customers.”

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Boyd Group Acquires Collision Repair Center in Louisiana

Industry News - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 10:19am

The Boyd Group Inc. today announced the acquisition on September 8, of a collision repair center in Lafayette, La. The facility previously operated as Prestige Auto Body & Customs of Lafayette.

Lafayette is located in southwestern Louisiana, and the location is close to the high traffic intersection of interstate highways 90 and 10.

 “With the opening of this strategic location in Lafayette, an hour west of our Baton Rouge location, we are now better positioned to serve our customers and insurance partners in southwestern Louisiana,” said Tim O’Day, President and COO of the Boyd Group’s U.S. operations. “We are pleased

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Fix Auto Canada Adds Collision Repair Center to Network in Alberta

Industry News - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 9:43am

Fix Auto Canada announced the addition of a new collision repair facility to its network in Leduc, Alberta.

The new location in Leduc, a growing and dynamic city 35 km south of Edmonton, marks the second Fix Auto for Kazimierz (Kaz) Grudzien and his son Jerry, having originally joined the network back in 2013 with their Edmonton East shop.

Grudzien has been in the collision repair industry since 1980; opening his first shop in 2000.

Peter Polito, General Manager for Fix Auto Western Region, said, “We are pleased to be partnering with Kaz and Jerry on this second facility, this

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Color Compass University Partners with AMi

Industry News - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 11:46am

The Automotive Management Institute (AMi) announced Canadian-based Color Compass Corporation has partnered with AMi to increase Canadian access to collision repair administrative, customer service and management training, certificates and professional designations through its Color Compass University.

“This relationship is consistent with the AMi strategic direction, to collaborate with training providers and learning supporters to ensure easy access to relevant industry-developed educational tracks and verifiable credentials for administrative-based staff,” stated AMi President, Jeff Peevy. “We are excited and appreciative to Color Compass Corporation for their support and applaud their leadership position in the promotion of learning.”

In the agreement, Color Compass

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U.S. DOT Releases New Automated Driving Systems Guidance 

Industry News - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 11:03am
On the same day the National Transportation Safety Board found the design of Tesla’s AutoPilot system contributed to a fatal crash, regulators provide updated guidance to pave way for increased automation.

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) yesterday released new federal guidance for Automated Driving Systems (ADS):  A Vision for Safety 2.0. This is the latest guidance for automated driving systems to industry and States. While association’s representing vehicle manufacturers were supportive of the guidance, consumer safety advocate reaction was mixed.

 “The new Guidance supports further development of this important new technology,

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Sherwin-Williams EcoLean Level 1 Workshop Scheduled for San Antonio October 24-25

Industry News - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 10:19am

Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes will hold its next EcoLean Level 1 workshop on October 24-25 at the Mokara Hotel & Spa, on the historic River Walk in downtown San Antonio, Texas.

The EcoLean Level 1 workshops from Sherwin-Williams are offered to collision repair center owners and managers, as well as dealer fixed operations managers from across the United States and Canada. They are designed to educate attendees about how to maximize profitability by improving production and eliminating waste throughout their facilities.

“This workshop is all about taking efficiencies to the next level,” says Lee Rush, Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes Manager of Business

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Howard Batchelor, Georgia Collision Industry Association Executive Director, Passes Away

Industry News - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 10:15am

The Georgia Collision Industry Association (GCIA) announced that its longtime executive director, Howard Batchelor, passed away yesterday. Batchelor, had been battling an inoperable brain tumor.

The GCIA announced his passing yesterday in a statement on its website:

Executive Director, colleague, and friend, Howard Batchelor, passed away this morning. As many know, he had been battling an inoperable brain tumor, and now the battle is over and he is at eternal rest.

Howard was highly respected in our industry and a friend to all. He will be greatly missed and especially by the Georgia Collision Industry Association. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends.

We will update with arrangement details as soon as we receive them.

The GCIA Board

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Axalta Announces Exclusive Partnership with National Transportation Center

Industry News - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 2:55pm

Axalta Coating Systems (NYSE:AXTA) announced a partnership with the National Transportation Center (NTC). The NTC is a centralized training and employment center created to support the commercial transportation industry’s long-term training, workforce recruitment, and retention efforts. Axalta is happy to extend its training resources to NTC and positively impact the future of the transportation industry.

Axalta will provide its interactive, commercial transportation curriculum for use in NTC’s Heavy Truck Collision course, which focuses on training military veterans how to properly prepare substrates and successfully complete the truck refinishing process. The course will be held monthly and administered by NTC field

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Repairify Acquires Mann’s Mobile Automotive Services

Industry News - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 2:47pm

Repairify, Inc., owners of asTech, announced it completed its acquisition of Mann’s Mobile Automotive Services, LLC. Mann’s Mobile provides mobile electrical automotive diagnostic services and programming in the Cleveland area, and will continue operating under the asTech brand.

The addition of Mann’s Mobile will complement the Company’s current staff of field technicians already operating in the Cleveland market, as well as in Arizona, D.C., Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Ohio, Texas and Virginia.

“We built a good business in Cleveland and experienced strong growth over the years,” said Brian Mann, owner of Mann’s Mobile. “By joining

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Gary Lyons Appointed Symach Project Manager North America

Industry News - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 11:14am

Gary Lyons has been appointed as Symach’s Project Manager of North America, overseeing and supporting Symach activities in the region.

Gary Lyons has been appointed as Symach’s Project Manager of North America.

Lyon’s 14 years-experience in construction, project management and technical support has led him to collaborate with Symach in the commissioning of several new body shop projects over the last 18 months.

Gary’s experience will bring great value by providing Symach’s North America customers with technical support during the installation and the pre-and-post installation phases of new body shops, as well as maintenance needs.

Lyons said, “It’s exciting to

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CARSTAR Adds Collision Repair Centers to Network in Arizona and Wisconsin

Industry News - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 11:09am

CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts announced additions to its network of independently-owned collision repair facilities in Arizona and Wisconsin.

CARSTAR Autopro Collision Chandler has opened at 145 E. Highland St., in Chandler Ariz.  The location is owned by Lynda Riecks, and her husband Ron serves as the CFO.

 “We are proud to welcome Lynda Riecks and CARSTAR Autopro Collision Chandler to the CARSTAR family,” said Michael Macaluso, president of CARSTAR North America.  “The Phoenix market offers a tremendous opportunity for us, as we are able to serve our U.S. customers as well as our many Canadian customers who visit Phoenix

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