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Nagy’s Collision Centers to Open 12th Ohio Location, Celebrate 45th Anniversary

Industry News - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 11:27am

Nagy’s Collision Centers, one of northeast Ohio’s leading collision repair businesses announced that as part of the 45th anniversary, it is organizing a number of events and offerings, including the grand opening of the newest location in Orrville, Ohio. With the opening, Nagy’s will have 12 locations across Northeast Ohio

“For as long as I can remember, I wanted to work for my dad,” said current President Ron Nagy. “We are very lucky that my brother and I are exceptionally close business partners and share the same values.”

Nagy’s Body & Frame was established in 1973 by Dave Nagy in

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Wesco Group Acquires KC Auto Paints

Industry News - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 11:18am

The Wesco Group Inc. announced it completed the merger of the KC Auto Paint family of companies into the Wesco Group Inc.  KC Auto Paints opened its first store in Spokane Wash., in 1978. Ynder the leadership of Bob Cross, the KC family of companies has since grown to three PBE warehouse locations, three equipment divisions, and 20 store locations in five Western States.

Bob Cross has agreed to join the Wesco Group as a principal partner and help manage the various business units as we grow into new markets. Bob said his relationship with Wesco over the years made

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FinishMaster Opens New Distribution Center in Texas

Industry News - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 11:14am

FinishMaster, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Uni-Select Inc. (TSE:UNS), announced it has opened its fifth distribution center located in Grand Prairie, Texas, in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

The brand new 60,000 sq. ft. facility uses wire guidance to maximize square footage and efficiency in stocking and shipping products. The addition of this distribution center in the Dallas- Fort Worth market is important to continued growth, as the facility provides additional capacity as FinishMaster continues to expand its footprint and remain focused on providing customers with exceptional service.

This is the second distribution center FinishMaster has opened in the past year.

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Jennifer Jarzembowski Appointed National Director at Assured Performance

Industry News - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 11:05am

Assured Performance announced the appointment of Jennifer Jarzembowski as National Director of Certification Integration and OEM Account Manager. She will reside in and continue to work from Michigan. Jennifer will work with key OEM accounts, as well as their field certification auditor network using the Assured Performance proprietary technology-driven Network Management infrastructure recently announced.

Jarzembowski comes to Assured Performance after a 24-year career with Axalta Coatings Systems where she was most recently the OEM Aftermarket National Account Manager for their USA OEMs, Aftermarket Collision Programs and regulatory and product management support. Jennifer also had an 8-year career in the navy

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Indiana Legislation Proposes Collision Repair Anti-Steering Restrictions on Both Repairers and Insurers

Industry News - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 9:00am
Legislation would restrict shops from intimidating customers against using an insurance claim drive in facility, protect repair facilities from insurance company steering, vendor requirements.

Illinois Senate Bill 164 (SB 164), introduced by State Senator Mark Messmer, seeks to define and prohibit several practices by both collision repair facilities and insurance companies that affect their relationships with customers.

SB 164 would add Section 2 to IC 24-5-0.5-13 dealing with unfair, abusive and deceptive practices that would define deceptive acts by repair shops and would prohibit repair facilities from any of the following activities:

  • Coerce or intimidate the insured or claimant to
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Vehicle Manufacturers Report Progress on Autonomous Emergency Braking Commitment

Industry News - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 10:31am
Toyota leads major vehicle manufacturers on number of vehicles with over 56 percent of its 2017 fleet, 1.4 of 2.5 million vehicles, with accident avoidance feature.

Four of 20 automakers report that automatic emergency braking (AEB) is standard on more than half of their 2017 model year vehicles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced in the first update of manufacturer progress toward equipping every new vehicle with the crash avoidance technology. Even without making it standard, another five automakers report that more than 30 percent of vehicles they produced in

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Collision Repair Education Foundation Announces New Trustees

Industry News - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 9:45am

The Collision Repair Education Foundation announced the appointment of two new members to its Board of Trustees including Ty Gamill, Caliber Collision Centers, and Sean Huurman, Service King Collision Repair Centers.

Russ Hoffbauer, chairman of the Foundation board said, “We are excited to have Ty and Sean join the board representing their respective companies and the collision repair industry.  They truly understand and have experienced the shortage of skilled collision repair technicians and can help the organization continue its work to support collision repair students and schools.”

Clark Plucinski, executive director of the Foundation stated, “The Collision Repair Education Foundation

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Boyd Group Acquires Three Collision Repair Centers in Ohio

Industry News - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 12:45pm

The Boyd Group Inc. announced the December 15, opening of three collision repair centers in the west side suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio. The centers were previously operated as Suburban Collision Centers and are located in North Olmstead and Berea, two suburbs in Cuyahoga County. With a population of over 1.2 million, Cuyahoga is the second largest county in Cleveland. The three new Gerber locations are within a five-mile radius of one another and are situated less than seven miles west of Cleveland’s international airport.

“The opening of these three locations increases our presence by 50 percent in the Greater Cleveland

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Service King Opens Collision Repair Center in Dallas-Fort Worth Market

Industry News - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 2:30pm

Service King Collision Repair Center announced the opening of its 37th Dallas-Fort Worth collision repair location. Service King has operated in the DFW market for more than 40 years. The new 98,000 square foot collision repair center is located at 1910 Crown Dr. in Farmers Branch. As a Non-Drive Collision Repair Center, Service King has staffed the location with experienced and certified technicians specially trained in major damage restoration.

“The Service King family is extremely proud of our long history of serving the Dallas-Fort Worth community with a best-in-class collision repair experience,” said Shawn Dyer, Service King Market Vice President

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Terry Fortner Promoted to VP of Insurance, Sales and Marketing at LKQ

Industry News - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 11:56am

Terry Fortner has been promoted to the position of Vice President of Insurance, Sales and Marketing at the LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ). Previously Fortner was Vice President of Corporate Accounts leading the oversight of key accounts including insurance and collision repair.

Terry Fortner has been promoted to the position of Vice President of Insurance, Sales and Marketing at the LKQ Corporation.

Fortner will lead the formation of corporate and strategic sales plans for LKQ’s wholesale division within North America, and will maintain and enhance the company’s relationships with insurance companies, while also creating new business opportunities. Fortner is now also responsible

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CCC Announces Continued Support for EMS, Eliminates Secure Share Vendor Fees

Industry News - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 10:39am
Responding to collision repair industry and suppliers, CCC will eliminate vendor fees on secure share network and change network terms.

CCC Information Services announced today that it will continue support for the export of Estimate Management Standard (EMS) files, it will eliminate fees for transferring information on its Secure Share network and will revise its terms for the network.

Announced in September 2016, CCC’s Secure Share network was to solely support the Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association’s Business Message Suite (BMS) to provide collision repairers with a more secure channel to exchange data. Support for the older EMS files

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AASP/NJ to Host Seminar January 8 with John Eagle Attorney Todd Tracy

Industry News - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 12:36pm

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) announced it will host a seminar presented by Todd Tracy, the lead attorney who won a $42 million judgment against John Eagle Collision for improper repairs.

Scheduled for January 8 at the Gran Centurions Banquet Hall in Clark, N.J, Tracy will be presenting The Anatomy of A Lawsuit: The Crucial Details for the $42 Million Verdict, where he will give attendees a behind-the-scenes look at the lawsuit. Throughout the session, Tracy will share the ins and outs of the depositions and trial, and what eventually led to their precedent-setting

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Boyd Group Acquires Collision Repair Center in Colorado

Industry News - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 12:33pm

The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition on December 12 of a second collision repair center in Glenwood Springs, Colo. The facility previously operated as Professional Auto Body & Frame. This shop has serviced the Glenwood community, the largest city in Garfield County, for the past 36 years. The new Gerber location is located at the northern end of State Highway 82. In the winter months, this highway offers the sole eastern access for drivers traveling to the popular resort town of Aspen.

 “With only 8 miles separating our Glenwood Springs locations, we are able to create strategic synergies while

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Toyota Announces Plans to Accelerate Electric Vehicles

Industry News - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 12:25pm
Electrified vehicles to be available across the entire Toyota and Lexus line-up by around 2025

Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) announces today its plans toward the popularization of electrified vehicles for the decade 2020-2030. Toyota’s electrified vehicle strategy centers on a significant acceleration in the development and launch plans of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), battery electric vehicles (BEVs), and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).

In October 2015, Toyota launched the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050, which aims to reduce the negative impact of manufacturing and driving vehicles as much as possible and contribute to realizing a sustainable

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Matrix Introduces Low-VOC Solvent-Based Paint System

Industry News - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 11:55am

Matrix Automotive Finishes announced it is offering collision repair and restoration shops a solvent-based system that is compliant—from coast-to-coast. The new Matrix C2C Coast 2 Coast Intermix Color System meet compliance standards with low VOC paint and product, it comes complete with a three-tiered basecoat system, including 61 liquid toners plus dry pearls and optional custom FX Series custom colors.

The  Matrix’s C2C mixing system is designed to reduce inventory, improve overall costs, deliver consistent color match and reduce cycle times.

“And that’s just the beginning of its long list of benefits to the shop,” says Hermon Ferrell, Global Brand

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Collision Repair Industry Business Conditions: Q3 2017

Industry News - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 6:00am
Collision repair shops reporting higher sales and earnings overall compared to 2016 increased in the third quarter.

The CollisionWeek quarterly survey of business conditions reported by collision repair facility owners and managers indicates that the overall percentage of facilities with higher sales increased in the third quarter of 2017 compared to 2016. The overall percentage reporting higher sales was up 2.1 percentage points above the second quarter result. The result is 14.9 points above the average since CollisionWeek began the research in 2002.

The percentage of collision repair shops reporting higher earnings in the third quarter versus last year was

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Record-Breaking 107 Million Americans to Travel During Holidays

Industry News - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 12:16pm
Travel by automobiles up 3 percent over 2016.

AAA forecasts 107.3 million Americans will take to planes, trains, automobiles and other modes of transportation during the year-end holiday period from Saturday, Dec. 23 through Monday, Jan. 1. This will be the highest year-end travel volume on record and a 3.1 percent increase in travel volume compared with last year. 2017 marks the ninth consecutive year of rising year-end holiday travel. Since 2005, total year-end holiday travel volume has grown by 21.6 million, an increase of more than 25 percent.

“More expensive gas prices are not swaying holiday revelers to stay

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American Family Insurance Acquires Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Company

Industry News - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 12:09pm

American Family Insurance announced the acquisition of Chicago-based data and analytics software company, Networked Insights, to accelerate its digital transformation, including its use of data, advanced analytics and artificial intelligence (AI).

According to the insurer, at a time when technology and innovation are transforming the insurance industry, the acquisition allows American Family to build on its current analytics capabilities to improve how it serves and meets the needs of customers.

 “We have significantly invested in our technology platforms and data and analytics in the past three years,” said American Family Chairman and CEO Jack Salzwedel. “This acquisition and others strengthen

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Thatcham Research Exiting Aftermarket Collision Repair Parts Certification in the UK

Industry News - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 12:02pm

Following an in-depth review and assessment of the certification of aftermarket collision repair parts, and consultation with its insurance members, Thatcham Research in the United Kingdom has decided to hand over all aftermarket parts certification activities to its current partner TÜV Rheinland AG.

The Thatcham Research/TÜV Rheinland partnership will officially end on March 31, with Thatcham Research not providing any new aftermarket parts certification services as January 1.

According to Thatcham, the move will allow it to invest more resources into the priority areas of active safety systems and vehicle structures/materials, that are increasingly contributing to collision repair costs. In

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Midwest Auto Body Trade Show February 16-17 in Altoona, Iowa

Industry News - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 11:37am

The Midwest Auto Body Trade Show will feature two days of collision repair education and a trade show for everyone involved in the industry. The event is being held February 16-17 at Prairie Meadows, Altoona, Iowa.

The Keynote Speaker for the event will be Attorney Todd Tracy who won the $42 million lawsuit for improper collision repairs in Texas. In his presentation, he gives hands-on engineering techniques that will enable body shops to conduct more detailed repair estimates as they begin to start thinking like crashworthiness experts. In addition, Tracy will discuss strategies for shops ‘to keep people like him

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