On Wednesday, February 17, the Automotive Service Association (ASA) hosted an online demonstration and press conference on a new tools resource, created in conjunction with the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. Donny Seyfer, ASA Chair, conducted the information webinar about the new OEM Resource Center, a project that began several years ago.

On Thursday, February 18, the Women's Industry Network (WIN) hosted "Why WIN? An Introduction to the Women's Industry Network" to explain WIN's mission, how WIN engages women, why the industry needs WIN and how to get involved.

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Audra Fordin, owner/operator of Great Bear Auto Repair and Auto Body Shop in Flushing, NY


Autobody News spoke to Audra Fordin, owner of Great Bear Auto Repair in Flushing, New York about the body shop she has run since 1997.

It's safe to say that every shop owner in the country is well aware of the enormous need for qualified collision repair professionals—from body technicians, painting technicians, estimators and even front office personnel. With fewer technical school programs in our high schools and colleges and a lack of alternative training programs, we’re not currently creating enough new employees to accommodate the need.

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 17:42

Say Hello to Our Little Friend: El Nino!

There are a handful of businesses out there that praise bad weather and celebrate when the big one hits, while most of us cower in fear and prefer staying home. Meteorologists, roofers, storm window companies, and of course, body shops, benefit when different degrees of storms hit all ends of our country.

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 Autobody News talked to Barry Jost Sr., general manager of Jost Garage in New Jersey, about the fourth-generation family business. Established by Wesley Jost in 1923, Jost Garage started as a Studebaker dealership in Long Island, New York.

Thursday, 21 January 2016 19:32

A Decade of WINning

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As the Women’s Industry Network (WIN) approaches its 10th anniversary in 2016, the association celebrates a decade of WINning with big plans for the new year after enjoying a successful 2015.


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Providence Auto Body's owner, John Petrarca, still operates the family-run business he established more than 30 years ago in Rhode Island.


David Osburn “Ozzy," the collision center manager at SouthWest Auto Group

In all industries, there are sworn by marketing practices that will eventually become archaic, due to emerging technologies and other factors. Like anything else, times change and things that were working 10-15 years ago are no longer the best path to take.