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With a full fleet, Elite Electronics is able to respond quickly when their customers call, which include MSOs such as ABRA, Service King, Gerber Collision and Caliber Collision.

 

After the economic implosion of 2008, many body shops decided to add mechanical repair to their menus of services and quickly found out it wasn't quite that easy.

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 Mike Jones lectured on the importance of seeking clarity in order to improve communication at the 2017 WIN Educational Conference.

 

On May 10, Discover Leadership Training's President Mike Jones presented "Creating a Better Version of Yourself" during the last day of WIN's 2017 Educational Conference.

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Waubonsee Community College auto body student, Melanie Thomas, has placed first three times in regional SkillsUSA competitions.

 

Melanie Thomas decided her senior year that she was going to take every automotive course offered at Marengo High School in Illinois.

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L to R: Vicki Schneps, CEO of Schneps Communications; Barry Crupi; and Natalie Duddridge, NY1 News

 

Autobody News talked to Barry Crupi about how he has built a successful business that puts customers first.

 Pro Spot Welder NACE 2016

 

Purchasing new equipment can be an exciting yet daunting task for a body shop. There are many options available and it often feels overwhelming and confusing.

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House Representative Matt Pierce, D-Bloomington.

 

After an Indiana parts-related bill failed to receive a committee hearing by the legislative deadline, body shops and other interested parties across the state are being encouraged to get involved and contact their state representatives.

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Frank Terlep.

 

CCC Information Services’ newly-launched “Secure Share” generated both questions and criticisms at the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) held in Pittsburgh, PA in late April, although the company wasn’t there to respond.

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Regal Collision's Co-Owner Shellie Boyle with the "Pirate's Ride." More than $10,000 in parts and labor went into this show-stopping piece of art.

 

Dogs and the collision repair industry seem to go together, and that's why there are so many shop dogs working for free as they help their crews all over the country.

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Guest speaker Assemblyman Ed Chau was on hand to discuss his salvage bill during 2017 Legislative Day.

 

Every year in April, the California Autobody Association co-hosts CAA/ASCCA/CalABC Joint Automotive Aftermarket Industry Legislative Day as the automotive repair industry in the Golden State lets their voices be heard as they convene at the Capitol in Sacramento.

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(Left to right) Robert McKenzie, executive director of RDA; event co-organizers Georgia Thorson and Steve Plier; and Moose Simmons, Overnight Parts Alliance.

National paint companies, equipment and tool manufacturers, major vehicle OEMs and industry experts all came together during the Southern Automotive Repair Conference (SARC) in April.

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