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Tuesday, 20 December 2016 21:31

Auto Body Shop in KS on A Rapid Growth Path

Bob Notz

Technician Bob Notz works on a bumper in the Derby Auto Masters body shop. Segments of Auto Masters have been purchased by Collision Works of Oklahoma, which plans to expand its presence in the area.


The sign at 910 N. Nelson Drive says “Auto Masters,” and while that’s the business’ working name, the venture has been owned since August by Oklahoma City-based Collision Works, a rapidly expanding auto body and service enterprise.

Thursday, 15 December 2016 16:34

Freer Auto Body Holds 9th Annual Community Christmas Fundraiser

Written by by Dan Brannan, RiverBender.com

Freer Auto Body Cookies

Taylor and Lily Freer

Photo credit: RiverBender.com

The Freer Auto Body Cookies and Cocoa for Community Christmas was once again a way to draw the area together for the best of causes: making sure children in need have presents under the tree when the holiday comes.


Tuesday, 13 December 2016 22:14

Customer at Richfield, MN Autobody Shop Shoots Owner in the Foot

Written by Andrew Wig, Minnesota Sun

A customer of a Richfield, MN autobody business shot the shop’s owner in the foot on the morning of Nov. 16.

Thursday, 08 December 2016 19:16

OH Appeals Court Denies Plaintiffs’ Class Certification Motion

Written by Jeremy Gilman, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP

Four independent auto body shops sued Progressive Casualty Insurance Company in state court in Cleveland.

Jerry’s ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a locally owned and operated franchise in Mankato, Minnesota, announced it has donated $4,900 to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Tuesday, 06 December 2016 17:57

Auto Repair Shops See Spike in Business from Fall Deer Rut

Written by Wes Johnson, The Springfield News-Leader

Deer Rut

Thomas Voorhis and his son Sebastian Voorhis look at his vehicle after it was repaired at Hammer's Autoworks. Voorhis' vehicle was damaged after hitting a deer. (Photo: Andrew Jansen/News-Leader)


The vehicles start arriving this time of year with smashed grilles, broken headlights, dented body panels and shattered windshields.

The St. Louis I-CAR Committee awarded six schools with $25,000 in school grants at the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s annual reception at SEMA.

Monday, 05 December 2016 18:28

Body Shop Employee Held in Contempt for Refusing to Testify Against Gang

Written by Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune

A former auto body shop employee was found in criminal contempt of court and sentenced to 60 days in custody on November 29 by a federal judge for refusing to testify at the trial of six reputed leaders of the violent Hobos street gang.

Thursday, 01 December 2016 22:34

Jake’s Body Shop Opens in Blue Earth, MN

Written by Chuck Hunt, Fairbault County Register

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Left to right are Baldwin, Becky and Greg Jacobs and office manager/bookkeeper Sue Dixson.
Photo Credit: Fairbault County Register


"What goes around, comes around," the saying goes.

Thursday, 01 December 2016 17:24

Fire Causes $750,000 in Damage at Dean's Auto Parts in MN

Written by Brainerd Dispatch

A fire that destroyed Dean's Auto Parts in Baxter, MN on November 18 and sent fireballs into the sky caused $750,000 in damages, Brainerd Fire Chief Tim Holmes said Sunday.

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