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NuLook Collision Centers Acquires Nick Orso’s Body Shop in Syracuse, NY

Industry News - Mon, 03/06/2017 - 11:41am

Nulook Collision Centers of Rochester N.Y. has closed a deal to purchase Nick Orso’s Body Shop and Service, in Syracuse, N.Y. NuLookCollision Centers, a 15 shop multiple shop operator (MSO), is expanding into the Syracuse market.

“Nulook has been in negotiations with Orso’s for over 5 years,” said Todd Zigrossi President and Managing partner of NuLook. “We’ve been following Nick Orso’s for many years. We felt they would be a good first step in entering the Syracuse market. They are truly the Gold Standard for that market.”

After 50 years, Mike Orso owner of the 63-year-old family run business is

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Most Influential Women in Collision Repair Award Inductees Announced

Industry News - Mon, 03/06/2017 - 11:31am

The Women’s Industry Network (WIN) announced this year’s honorees for the prestigious Most Influential Women (MIW) of the collision repair industry for 2017. After reviewing nominations and interviewing a number of amazing women, three industry leaders were selected to receive MIW honors:

  • Cristina Fronzaglia-Murray, Manager of Marketing Communications, Automotive Refinish, PPG, Strongsville, OH
  • Renee Ricciotti, Sales and Marketing Manager, 3M Automotive Aftermarket, St. Paul, MN
  • Elizabeth Stein, Vice President of Industry Relations, Assured Performance Network, Laguna Hills, CA

 “As WIN celebrates being 500 members strong just 10 years after its founding, the 2017 MIW nominees showcased the geographic, functional and

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Registration Open for NACE Automechanika Chicago

Industry News - Mon, 03/06/2017 - 11:26am
Education program to focus on current trends, technologies and processes across the automotive and collision repair industries.

With four days full of training, powerful show floor exhibits, multiple co-located events and new business opportunities, the slate of offerings at NACE Automechanika Chicago brings current, innovative and necessary information to automotive professionals from all segments of the industry.

Registration is now open for NACE Automechanika that takes place July 26-29 at McCormick Place West in Chicago, Ill.

The event combines is the result of the combination of both the Automotive Service Association’s NACE show an Automechanika Chicago.

Education at the 2017 NACE Automechanika Chicago will focus on current topics and technologies that automotive professionals must understand and become proficient with to be successful, whether they are technicians, painters, welders, service managers or distributors. Dedicated educator courses will enhance automotive instructors’ skillsets, while current automotive students will be able to enhance their classroom learning by attending the show.

“The 2015 training event received tremendous reviews from our attendees and we knew it would be a challenge to improve on it,” said Pete Meier, director of training for the UBM Automotive Group. “Today’s technicians and shop owners want to know how to find the problems they are faced with effectively and how to repair them the first time around. They want to learn the latest technology and keep as much of the work as they can in-house while engaging in a highly competitive industry. The lineup of independent education and premiere corporate training programs that NACE Automechanika Chicago has assembled for this July’s event is beyond that of any training program to date. This is the “must attend” event for every student tech, working tech, shop owner, and educator in the industry.”

A number of diagnostic courses will be taught, focusing on drivability concerns and electrical issues. These courses aim to improve technicians’ abilities to use the proper tools to find and resolve issues with vehicles, not solely the symptoms a problem presents. Additionally, detailed looks at specific underhood systems, undercar best practices and strategies for brake, transmission and emissions service as well as managerial courses on leadership, shop management and revenue streams will be presented. Hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles will be discussed in a variety of courses, while collision repair professionals can learn about vehicle scanning, estimating, bonding practices and more.

“The training designed for auto body repair specialists is in line with the needs of today’s collision repair shops,” said Dan Risley, ASA president and executive director. “For example, pre- and post-repair scanning is a big discussion point in the industry right now, and we are pleased to offer specific courses instructing professionals on what they need to know and how to perform vehicle scans. And that’s just one example. Repair and management courses are designed specifically for these shops and their employees with real-world examples and lessons that they can implement immediately upon returning to their shops.”

Other co-located events round out the slate of educational, interactive and enlightening offerings at NACE Automechanika Chicago. The annual MSO Symposium will take place July 26th at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, while the Advanced Technology & Diagnostic Repair Forum again will be offered. I-CAR training classes also will be part of the agenda for collision repair professionals to attend.

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Sherwin-Williams Schedules Next EcoLean Level 2 Workshop in San Jose

Industry News - Mon, 03/06/2017 - 10:53am

Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes announced it will hold its next EcoLean Level 2 workshop on April 4-5 at the Westin San Jose Hotel in San Jose, Calif.

While there, the workshop group will have the privilege of touring Golden West Collision Center, a state-of-the-art facility which has completely implemented lean production principles resulting in an exceptional customer experience.

Registration is available online.

“Attendees will see immediate results by learning to schedule efficiently, implement damage analysis, blueprinting, and a predictable parts process. This is all communicated in our EcoLean Level 2 workshop providing collision shop owners and managers with the tools to

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Service King Acquires Collision Repair Center in California

Industry News - Mon, 03/06/2017 - 10:47am
Torrance facility is MSOs 20th in Los Angeles market.

Service King Collision Repair Centers announced the acquisition of Performance Paint and Body located at 3011 Lomita Blvd. in Torrance, Calif. The store is Service King’s 20th location in the greater Los Angeles area.

 “This is yet another step in our mission to be the collision repair operator of choice across Los Angeles,” said Alan Saviano, Service King Market Vice President for Southern California. “Partnering with premier teams, such as Performance Paint and Body, ensure that we continue to grow in a way that best fits the needs of our

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David Shepherd Named Regional Managing Director of Audatex in UK, South Africa and Valexa Technologies Ltd

Industry News - Fri, 03/03/2017 - 11:28am

David Shepherd has been announced as the new Regional Managing Director of Audatex UKSA and Valexa Technologies, replacing Paul Sykes. 

Shepherd joined Solera in 2008 and he has operated in a variety of international managing director positions, most recently as Head of Solera’s Global Account Management team.

 “I am delighted to be returning to the dynamic UK and South African markets,” comments Shepherd. “Although previously I have worked mainly within international roles at Solera, I have always kept a close interest in the UK market. I intend to build on the strong relationships, solutions and service levels that Paul and

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Wholesale Used Vehicle Prices Up in January

Industry News - Fri, 03/03/2017 - 11:16am
Prices up both versus December and 2016.

According to ADESA Analytical Services’ monthly analysis of wholesale used vehicle prices, even with increased supply of used vehicles wholesaled in January, used vehicle prices held up surprisingly well, despite soft retail demand and high new vehicle incentives. Nevertheless, pockets of supply-driven weakness did appear in rental program and risk units, and younger vehicles in general.

Higher used vehicle prices decrease pressure on the number of total losses impacting the collision repair industry, while lower prices allow for less collision repair work to be performed prior to a vehicle being declared a total

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Elite Electronics Joins SCRS as Corporate Member

Industry News - Fri, 03/03/2017 - 10:52am

The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) announced Elite Electronics is the newest Corporate Member of the association. Elite Electronics is a sublet service provider currently serving the Dallas, Ft. Worth, Texas; Atlanta, Ga.; Oklahoma City and  Tulsa, Okla.; Knoxville, Nashville and , Memphis, Tenn.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Charlotte, N.C. regions; and their surrounding suburbs. Services include mobile reflashing, programming, diagnostics, air bag, theft and vandalism repair, and full mechanical services.

“Supporting leading industry organizations like SCRS is really important to our company,” shared Don Smith, owner of Elite Electronics. “We’ve seen tremendous growth in the collision repair market relative to

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Registration Opens for 2017 WIN Conference

Industry News - Fri, 03/03/2017 - 10:48am

The Women’s Industry Network (WIN) announced that registration for its 2017 Educational Conference is now open. Members registering before March 16 will receive a discounted rate of $425. For member registration after March 16, the rate is $475. Non- members may attend at a rate of $650 and attendance for the Most Influential Women and Scholarship Gala is $75 per person.

The conference will be held May 8-10 at the Westin Denver Downtown Hotel in Denver, Colo.

This year’s conference theme is “Be Extraordinary” with conference content aimed at creating balance, purpose and results in both the professional and

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TechForce Foundation Scholarship Available for 2017 High School Graduates Studying to become an Automotive, Collision Repair or Heavy Duty Service Technician

Industry News - Thu, 03/02/2017 - 1:17pm

The TechForce Foundation will award a new $2,500 scholarship to a high school graduate planning to attend an ASE/NATEF post-secondary school. The scholarship will be administered through the University of the Aftermarket Foundation scholarship central program.

“The TechForce Foundation seeks to help students train for careers in the automotive aftermarket and that goal aligns perfectly with the mission of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation,” said Pete Kornafel, MAAP, a trustee of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. “We want to thank TechForce for its generous scholarship offering and welcome them to our organization.”

To be eligible for the TechForce

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Liberty Mutual Insurance Reports Increasing Auto Premiums and Losses

Industry News - Thu, 03/02/2017 - 11:16am
Global private passenger auto net written premiums up 4.8 percent in 2016. Commercial auto up 8.8 percent.

Liberty Mutual Holding Company Inc. (LHMC) and its subsidiaries reported net income of $143 million for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2016 and $1.006 billion for the year. This represents a decrease of $268 million for the quarter and an increase of $492 million for the year compared same periods in 2015. 

“Fourth quarter operating income was $359 million, down from $525 million in the prior year, primarily due to elevated loss trends within U.S. personal and commercial auto liability,” said David

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LKQ Finalizes Sale of OEM Glass Manufacturing Business

Industry News - Thu, 03/02/2017 - 10:48am

LKQ Corporation (LKQ) yesterday announced that it has completed the previously announced agreement to sell the OEM glass manufacturing business of its Pittsburgh Glass Works subsidiary (PGW) to a subsidiary of Vitro, S.A.B. de C.V., a glass manufacturer based in Mexico. The sale price was $310 million, subject to potential post-closing purchase price adjustments.

As part of the transaction, LKQ and Vitro entered into a multi-year supply agreement pursuant to which LKQ’s ongoing aftermarket glass distribution business will purchase a specified amount of its automotive glass from Vitro at specified prices.

“This divestiture, and the retention of the PGW aftermarket

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Military Combine Highlights Soldiers’ Athleticism and Car Donations

Industry News - Thu, 03/02/2017 - 10:37am

Over 50 elite soldiers from Ft. Hood, Texas, competed for bragging rights as the toughest and fastest in the finals of the inaugural Military Combine hosted by the Dallas Cowboys and Caliber Collision. The event at AT&T Stadium was organized to honor the nation’s military heroes by showcasing the soldiers’ athletic prowess.

(Left to right) Greg Clark, Caliber Chief Marketing Officer, Recycled Rides recipients Stacy Bernard, Nikolai Patterson and Andrew Parvin, and Steve Grimshaw, Caliber CEO.

The soldier athletes competed in the same drills as those in the NFL Combine. Top male finisher SPC Tavon Johnson and top female winner

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Calendar Purchases Support Veterans Entering Collision Repair Industry

Industry News - Thu, 03/02/2017 - 10:13am

There is still time to support military veterans and their families through the 3M Hire Our Heroes program and purchase the second annual 3M Hire Our Heroes Calendar for 2017. In partnership with the 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division (AAD), the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) announced it has donated more than $750,000 since 2013 to be used toward scholarships and tool grants for more than 210 military veterans and their families through the 3M Hire Our Heroes program.

Shops interested in participating in this program can acquire a 2017 Hire Our Heroes Calendar with a $200 donation online.

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Registration Now Open for April 6th NABC Regional Golf Fundraiser in Dallas, Texas

Industry News - Wed, 03/01/2017 - 12:40pm

The National Auto Body Council’s Fundraising Committee is taking its show back on the road to the Texas Star Golf Resort in Dallas, Texas which will host the 2017 Collision Industry Regional Golf Fundraiser on Thursday, April 6.

Online registration is now open for sponsors, individual and team players.

Enterprise Rent-a-Car returns as Presenting Sponsor for the second year.  Numerous sponsorship opportunities are available, such as the Awards Luncheon, Beverage Carts, Air Cannon and several others. 

 “They say everything is larger in Texas and last year’s sold-out Golf Fundraiser at the Texas Star Golf Resort certainly lived up to that

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State Farm Announces $5.5 Underwriting Loss in 2016

Industry News - Wed, 03/01/2017 - 11:25am
Overall earned premiums up five percent to $61.7 billion. Auto earned premiums up 6.9 percent to $38.8 billion.

The State Farm property-casualty (P-C) companies yesterday reported an underwriting loss of $5.5 billion in 2016 on earned premium of $61.7 billion, compared to an underwriting loss of $2.1 billion on earned premium of $58.6 billion in 2015. The 2016 underwriting loss, combined with investment and other income of $4.4 billion (up $0.4 billion from 2015), resulted in a P-C pre-tax operating loss of $1.2 billion.  The combined net worth for the State Farm group ended the year at $87.6 billion compared

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