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PARTS Act Reintroduced in U.S.

Industry News - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 11:03am
ABPA and Coalition for Auto Repair Equality support legislation that seeks to limit vehicle manufacturer collision repair part design patents.

The Promoting Automotive Repair, Trade and Sales Act of 2017 (PARTS Act), was re-introduced in the U.S. Congress on Tuesday. The legislation (H.R. 1879/S. 812) would amend the current U.S. design patent law by lowering, from 14 years to 2.5 years, the period of time during which a vehicle manufacturer could enforce its design patents against an alternative supplier for the sale of alternative collision repair parts such as mirrors, fenders, hoods, and grilles. Before the enforcement period ends, alternative

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Auto-Owners Insurance and Concord General Mutual Insurance Affiliation Approved

Industry News - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 10:04am

Auto-Owners Insurance and Concord General Mutual Insurance announced that their affiliation was approved effective April 1, by policyholders and all regulatory bodies.

Auto-Owners operate solely through independent agencies in 26 states. Auto-Owners also owns a life company and an excess and surplus lines company.

Concord General Mutual Insurance is a property and casualty insurance provider through independent agencies in Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

“The combining of capabilities will allow us to expand our product and premium base and help support the Concord name in the (New England) region,” said Linda Day, Concord’s president and CEO.

Jeff Harrold, Auto-Owners Insurance

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car ARMS Automotive Suite Online Training Available via AMi

Industry News - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 9:57am

The Automotive Management Institute (AMi) announced a new online course, teaching the proper use of Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s ARMS Automotive Suite.  The new course, developed by Enterprise, is designed for collision repair specialists to teach them how to use the ARMS program or to improve their functional knowledge of it. 

“The new course is a result of AMi’s on-going collaboration commitment to bring relevant administrative training to the industry,” said AMi President Jeff Peevy. “We appreciate Enterprise for its support and interest in working closely with us.”

The new online course offers one AMi credit hour towards the achievement of the

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Service King Acquires Southern California Collision Repair Center

Industry News - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 9:52am

Service King Collision Repair Centers announced the acquisition of First Class Collision, a single-location repair center located at 41729 Eastern Dr. in Murrieta, Calif. The facility will begin operating as Service King effective immediately.

“This is yet another step forward for the Service King team as we build a world-class network of repair centers for motorists across the Southern California community,” said Alan Saviano, Service King Market Vice President. “Partnering with businesses like First Class Collision that align with our mission and values, is a key step in our growth strategy and ensures we continue providing superior customer service and

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CIF Elects Wildman, Quinn as Trustees

Industry News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 12:47pm

The Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) recently elected Michael Quinn and Jeff Wildman to the Board of Trustees.

Mike Quinn

Quinn is the Director of Business Development, Western Region for Certified Collision Group (CCG). As a 35 year industry veteran, Quinn has held various positions, and has served the industry in many volunteer roles including the National Auto Body Council for a total of 11 years (board member and co-founder of the Recycled Rides program), Chair of the Collision Industry Relief effort following the Hurricane Katrina tragedy, and was inducted into the Collision Repair Industry’s “Hall of Eagles”. Quinn served as

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Fix Auto World Acquires 11 Glass and Aftermarket Companies from Skidmore Group

Industry News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 10:44am

Fix Auto World announced an agreement to purchase 11 glass and automotive aftermarket companies, previously owned by the Skidmore Group, a privately held, diversified portfolio company, with over 70 years of history.

Fix Auto World is purchasing the assets of Novus Glass Inc., Novus Franchising Inc., Speedy Auto Glass USA Inc., TCGI Australia PTY Ltd., TCGI (Jersey) Ltd., Novus Inc., Windshields.Com Inc., Transamerica Glass Inc., Splashes Auto Spa Inc., Shat R Proof Corp. and Windshield Doctor Canada Ltd.

“By acquiring the assets of these companies and combining them with our existing Fix Auto network, we are creating the opportunity to

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Certified Collision Group and AkzoNobel Announced Strategic Alliance

Industry News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 9:59am

The Certified Collision Group (CCG) announced the formation of an alliance with AkzoNobel to support collision repair businesses across the nation that are both performance-driven and OEM Certified. Through the alliance, CCG and AkzoNobel have agreed to work together closely to identify independent repairers whose Proven Performance meets CCG’s strict qualifying criteria.

Identified top performers that become CCG Affiliates are provided CCG’s KPI management, business development and supply chain support, helping each to create a lasting competitive advantage in their respective markets. As CCG grows its national brand and footprint, both consumers and auto insurers will continue to have a

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BASF’s VisionPLUS Performance Group Business Conference May 10-12

Industry News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 9:56am

BASF’s VisionPLUS Performance Group Business Conference will be held May 10-12, in Litchfield Park, Ariz. More than 80 BASF collision repair centers will be represented at the meeting, with seven receiving 2017 Shop of the Year designations within their respective groups.

Attendees will discuss best practices, attend training workshops and hear guest speakers and panelists present on industry issues and trends.

Guest speakers include Buddy Hobart, author of “Gen Y Now,” discussing the unprecedented workforce of four generational groups; Dave Roberts of The Romans Group presenting on big data in the aftermarket industry; and Philip Dana from Honors Foundations discussing

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The Hartford Launches Apprenticeship Program to Prepare Students for Careers in Insurance Claims

Industry News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 9:54am

The Hartford has partnered with the Connecticut Department of Labor, Arizona Department of Economic Security and local community colleges to launch an insurance apprenticeship program. The Hartford’s apprenticeship program will offer an insurance-specific curriculum, paid on-the-job training and mentoring to equip students for key customer-facing roles in The Hartford’s claims operation. The program is registered with the U.S. Department of Labor, which provides tuition assistance for participating students through its American Apprenticeship Grant Initiative.

“Attracting and developing talent to best serve our customers is a top priority for The Hartford,” said John Kinney, The Hartford’s chief claims officer. “This apprenticeship program will help us recruit and retain skilled claims professionals outside of the traditional college track, and students will gain education, training and a full-time position at a company where they can grow their career. It’s a win-win all around.”

The Hartford is launching the program in partnership with Capital Community College in Hartford and Rio Salado College in metro Phoenix, with classes beginning in June. Students completing the two-year program will be eligible for full-time employment with The Hartford, in addition to earning their associate’s degree from their respective college. Through these partnerships and others in development, The Hartford plans to onboard 200 apprentices by 2020.

 “This new program is an innovative way to develop Connecticut’s insurance talent and provide promising careers for our residents,” said Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy. “It supports our communities and helps the state expand into non-traditional apprenticeships to help grow our major industry sectors. This unique partnership promises to build a stronger economy by promoting post-secondary education and creating pathways to good paying jobs.”

Students will complete 61 credit hours of college coursework and 2,400 hours of paid on-the-job-training at The Hartford claims center in Windsor, Conn. or Phoenix, Ariz.  Graduates will earn registered apprenticeship credentials certifying their occupational proficiency, and when they become full-time employees of The Hartford, they will be eligible for additional tuition reimbursement to complete their bachelor’s degree.

More information about the program is available to download.

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Record Turnout for Refinish Distributors Alliance Spring Conference

Industry News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 9:41am

The Refinish Distributors Alliance (RDA) held their Spring Membership Meeting March 29-31 at the Omni Downtown Austin Hotel in Austin, Texas.  They had record turn out with over one hundred members and manufacturers in attendance.

The three days included round table discussions about today’s version of a “Lean” Delivery Schedule and Alternate Revenue Streams. They had a rodeo which included one-on- one meetings with manufacturers and members with great raffle prizes given away throughout the event.

The key note speaker was Matt Tenney, a social entrepreneur and the author of Serve to Be Great. Tenney works to develop highly

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Boyd Group Adds Collision Repair Center in Georgia

Industry News - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 4:04pm

The Boyd Group Inc. announced the March 31, opening of a Gerber collision repair facilities in Hinesville, Ga. Hinesville is located on the Atlantic coast about 40 miles southwest of Savannah.

“We are pleased to add this location which adds to our presence in the coastal region of Georgia, between our locations in Savannah and Brunswick, Georgia,” said Tim O’Day, President and COO of the Boyd Group. “We look forward to becoming part of the Hinesville community and are excited to introduce the Gerber brand of professional and friendly service.”

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LKQ Acquires Irish Collision Repair Supply Firms

Industry News - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 11:53am

Euro Car Parts, an LKQ company, today announced that it has acquired the business of Team P R Reilly, a leading, family-owned, car parts, accessories and body shop business based out of Dublin, Ireland, and Karkraft (N.I.) Limited of Belfast, UK, a paint and collision repair supply specialist. The agreement expands Euro Car Parts operations across Ireland.

“A strong track record, significant market expertise and a cultural approach so like our own, meant that the opportunity to work alongside Norbert Reilly and the senior management team at Team P R Reilly was not to be missed. We immediately felt that

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Car Guys Collision Repair Acquires Location in Lakeland, Florida

Industry News - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 11:30am

Car Guys Collision Repair, a Florida-based MSO, announced the acquisition of Express Paint & Body in Lakeland, Fla. This is Car Guys eleventh location in Central Florida.

Express Paint & Body was opened in 1999 by Duane and Lila Duhow.

When asked about the transaction, Dave Mitchell, President and CEO, commented, “Lakeland, with its proximity to Tampa and Orlando, is a great market. While Lakeland has many strong dealers and quality independent shops, there is the need for additional repair facilities. We are excited to have the current staff join our team. This newest location will help us to better

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Copart Signs Agreement with Al Ahlia Insurance

Industry News - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 11:02am

Copart, Inc. (NASDAQ:CPRT) announced a new agreement between its subsidiary, Copart Muscat Auctions LLC, and Al Ahlia Insurance Co. SAOC, one of the largest insurance companies in the Sultanate of Oman and a part of the global RSA network. Both companies will work together to streamline the motor accident salvage sales process through operational efficiency and engagement with potential buyers, both regionally and globally.

The signing ceremony was attended by Mr. Lloyd East, MD – Al Ahlia Insurance and Regional CEO – RSA (Middle East), Mr. Richard Byford, Claims Director – Al Ahlia Insurance and Mr. Carlos Sabugueiro, CEO –

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ASA, ASE Promoting National Car Care Month

Industry News - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 10:57am

The Automotive Service Association (ASA) is celebrating April as National Car Care Month by supporting the national “Be Car Care Aware” public service campaign by the Car Care Council. The month-long campaign is a national effort by industry-leading organizations to draw attention to the importance of having consumers get their vehicles professionally checked and serviced in preparation for the summer travel season.

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), the group that tests and certifies automotive technicians is also promoting the month-long event.

“April is the perfect time for car owners to take their vehicles in for servicing,” says

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Fenix Parts Files Third Quarter 2016 Earnings Late, Will Evaluate Strategic Alternatives

Industry News - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 10:40am
Late filing leads to default under credit facility, hires firm to evaluate strategic alternatives

Fenix Parts, Inc. (NASDAQ:FENX) announced third quarter 2016 results on March 28. Consolidated net revenues of Fenix Parts were $32.5 million for the third quarter of 2016, compared to $34.2 million in the second quarter of 2016, and $32.2 million on a combined pro forma basis in the third quarter of 2015.

Sales of recycled OEM products were $27.8 million for the third quarter of 2016, down from $28.8 million in the second quarter of 2016, and in-line with $27.8 million on a combined pro forma

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