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The Divergent Blade, made by San Francisco–based startup Divergent Microfactories, is a 3D-printed car that has gained national attention after appearing at the LA Auto Show recently.
 

We all know that 3D printing has arrived, with more and more companies jumping onboard and developing this burgeoning technology.

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Steven E. Schillinger is the president of GRC-Pirk Management, a company that helps body shops to practice sustainable practices. He has witnessed more and more shops that falsely claim that they're green, which is called greenwashing.


I have often seen signs at body shops touting that they are "100% Certified Green" and proudly exclaiming things like "We Use Only Waterborne Paint" or "We Save Energy" or "We Recycle" and in most cases, I don't doubt these claims. But within the last few years, I have heard more and more about shops that aren't truly as green as they claim, yet they aren't afraid to tell the world that they are.

Glenn Kumm, 61, has been working in the collision industry for more than 40 years and by adapting to changes in the market and reinventing himself more than once, he has survived both good and bad times.

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Dee Mathews worked her way up from answering phones to becoming the GM at Hampton Body Works in Newton, NJ in just three years by using skills she attained while working in the corporate world for two decades.

 

Her customers love her and her team respects her, and that's why things run smoothly at Hampton Body Works in Newton, NJ.

Thursday, 19 January 2017 21:56

Retro News: January 1997, 2002, 2007, 2012

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In 1997, Georgia shop owner Gene Hamilton suggested that the money industry vendors were spending on large parties at the annual NACE convention could be used to address larger industry issues.

 

CIC ends parts test-fit demonstrations, feds launch new insurance oversight agency

The “OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit,” hosted in November by the Society of Collision Repair Specialists, gave representatives of the automakers an opportunity to weigh in on a variety of topics raised by collision repairers.

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After trying out a four-year university and working at a carpet cleaning company, Ryan Mader gave collision repair a shot.


Ryan Mader didn't discover his love for cars and body work until his early 20s.

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Brandi Scott began attending Fayetteville Technical Community College in Spring 2016, after finishing active duty.

 

After finishing active duty, Brandi Scott was looking for a fresh start in Fayetteville, NC.  

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Santa was a big hit with all of the children whose families received completely refurbished vehicles from Mike's Auto Body, complete with trunk loads of gifts and toys.

 

When Mike's Auto Body in northern California's East Bay gave away its first car back in 2000, did they ever imagine that it would become one of the largest Benevolence programs of its type run by a single family-operated body shop chain in the country? Without fail, Mike's Auto Body presents completely refurbished vehicles to deserving families and non-profit organizations from throughout the Bay Area, and this year, it marked its 16th straight year of involvement.

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Dan Stander, operations manager of Fix Auto Highlands Ranch and president of ASA Colorado’s collision division


When it comes to the power of peer groups, Dan Stander of Fix Auto Highlands Ranch in Littleton, CO, is certainly a great resource on the subject.