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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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Progressive Service Centers Will No Longer Serve as Customer Drop Off Points

Industry News - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 10:50am

Progressive announced that in the coming months, it will change the way it uses its Service Center facilities to service the collision repair needs of its customers. The company’s 68 Service Centers will stop being a drop-off/pick-up point for customer vehicles. All Service Center employees will be offered claims jobs, and most Service Centers will remain regional claims offices.  This will enable Progressive to continue maintaining a local presence in the communities where it does business.

Current collision repair shops that support their local Service Centers will be invited to transition to the Progressive network of nearly 3,000 approved repair

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Kirmac Opens 18th Collision Repair Center in British Columbia

Industry News - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 10:38am

Kirmac Collision & Autoglass announced the opening of its 18th location in Maple Ridge, B.C.

The collision repair center, located at 11971 227th Street, just off Dewdney Trunk Road in East Maple Ridge, complements Kirmac’s existing two facilities located on Lougheed Highway in West Maple Ridge and 228th Street in East Maple Ridge. 

“Over the past few years, we have been looking for opportunities to expand Kirmac’s presence in the lower mainland of B.C., due to the high demand for our services,” said Sean McIntosh, Director of Operations at Kirmac.  “Opening this repair center allows Kirmac the opportunity to continue

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Auto Physical Damage Insurance Underwriting Profit Continues to Decline in the U.S.

Industry News - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 9:01am
The latest statistics from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners indicates that the percentage of premiums going to pay losses has continued to increase. Private passenger physical damage insurance turned to a loss in 2016.

Data contained in the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) report on profitability by insurance line in 2016, released this month, illustrates the increasing percentage of underwriting dollars going to pay claims on auto physical damage (APD) insurance continued to increase in the U.S.. This has resulted in declining underwriting profitability from the period 2005 through 2016. The increasing costs grew beyond insurance companies’ investment

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Mississippi Collision Repair Association Partners with Insurance Department to Protect Buyers from Flooded Vehicles

Industry News - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:27am
Collision repair association members will provide free inspections of used vehicles.

The Mississippi Insurance Department and the Mississippi Collision Repair Association have teamed up to protect residents from buying cars damaged by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Following the two storms, officials say thousands of flood-damaged vehicles have made their way from Texas, Louisiana and Florida into Mississippi to be eventually sold to unsuspecting buyers. Many of the cars have been sold to unscrupulous dealers or dismantlers who will clean them up, retitle them and sell them for a quick profit. According to the Mississippi Insurance Commissioner, Mike Chaney, the biggest

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NJM Insurance Company Expands to Pennsylvania

Industry News - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:07am

NJM Insurance Company announced yesterday that it has expanded its 104-year-old brand into the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, effective January 1.

Founded in 1913 as New Jersey Manufacturers Casualty Insurance Company, the insurer launched a subsidiary to provide commercial and personal auto insurance in 1921.

“Since our inception, NJM has been dedicated to fulfilling the insurance needs of our customers,” said Bernie Flynn, NJM President & CEO. “NJM is unique. We were founded in 1913 by policyholders for policyholders, and we have maintained a special relationship with them ever since — operating exclusively in their interests. We’re thrilled to bring our

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Today’s Guild 21 ConCall Features asTech Review on Joys of Scanning

Industry News - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 10:42am

The next Guild 21 conference call, that takes place today at 2 p.m. EST (11:00 a.m. PST), will feature Doug Kelly and Jake Rodenroth from asTech.

The pair will examine issues surrounding collision repair diagnostic scanning.

Registration for the call is available online. If you have registered for previous concalls, you do not need to register again.

Guild 21 was formed following the 2013 VeriFacts Symposium. At that time, a group of industry representatives attended a Leadership Course at George Mason University through their MBA Program. As a call to action, the Guild 21 group created an Oath for

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PPG Releases Training Schedule for Early 2018

Industry News - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 2:12pm

PPG has announced its collision refinish training schedule for the first quarter of 2018. Classes cover a wide variety of subjects and are designed to ensure that PPG paint technicians stay up to date with their refinish certification and knowledge of PPG products, processes and technological advances.

Classes are held at PPG Business Development Centers and numerous field locations across the U.S. and Canada and are led by expert trainers. The courses take one to two days and provide extensive classroom instruction along with hands-on work in the spray booth. Technicians are given generous opportunities for informal discussions and Q&A

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US Light Vehicle Market to See Increased Product Launch Activity in 2018

Industry News - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 11:06am

Automakers are expected to see launch of about 75 new models in 2018; contrasting with about 53 in 2017 and an expected 56 in 2019, according to IHS Markit forecasts.

IHS Markit has reviewed expected major new-product launches from 2017 through 2019. The firm forecasts about 75 new models will see market sales launch throughout the calendar year. The new vehicles launched in 2018 are forecast to account for about 3.09 million units of volume in 2019—when each will have been on market for a full year.

IHS Markit has reviewed expected new model launches from 2017 through 2019. Counting

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Most Influential Women Award Nominations Close January 15

Industry News - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 10:33am

The nomination deadline is approaching for the Women Industry Network’s Most Influential Women Award.  Nominations will be accepted through Monday, January 15, and women working in any segment of the collision repair industry are eligible for consideration.  The winners will be recognized at an awards gala held during the 2018 WIN Educational Conference, May 7-9, in Indianapolis, Ind.

The 2018 nomination form may be downloaded from the WIN website.

Established in 1999, the Most Influential Women (MIW) program has recognized 88 women who have enriched the collision repair industry with their leadership, vision, and commitment to excellence. WIN acquired

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ASA Encourages Members to Contact Congressional Representatives on Vehicle Data Access Bill

Industry News - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 10:25am

The Automotive Service Association (ASA) announced that U.S. Congressman Earl “Buddy” Carter, (R-Ga.), is currently developing an automotive data access bill that will create a stakeholder committee at the U.S. Department of Transportation, allowing policymakers to hear from all sides of the automated vehicle discussion and ensure the independent repairer has a seat at the table.

ASA supports this bill and encourages all interested parties to go online to send a letter in support of Carter’s bill to their member of Congress.

Both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will be involved with

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Collision Repair Education Foundation Partners with Techforce Foundation and S/P2 on Career Fairs

Industry News - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 10:11am

The Collision Repair Education Foundation announced it will be partnering with the TechForce Foundation and S/P2 on high school and college transportation career fair events taking place in 2018. Through these partnerships, the events will bring together collision, auto service, heavy duty, and diesel students but will also help ensure attending students have resumes ready for distribution to the participating employers.

Collision repair students participated in a Collision Repair Education Foundation Career Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School in Marlborough, Mass. near Boston.

The Education Foundation will also play a more active role

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Interview: Bob Redding, Automotive Service Association

Industry News - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 10:00am
ASA’s Washington Representative details Federal legislation and issues of importance to the collision repair and automotive service industries.

Legislative and regulatory issues are numerous for the collision repair industry. From legislation that seeks to define the future of mobility and autonomous vehicles, to regulations covering the insurance industry and its dealings with customers and repairers, Federal and State issues abound.

In our video below, Bob Redding, the Automotive Service Association (ASA) Washington Representative, details some of the current issues facing the industry on the Federal level and provides an overview of expectations for state legislative activity this year.

 

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