Local news stories affecting the auto body industry in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin
Refinish Distributors Alliance (RDA) held their monthly membership meeting May 16–18 at the Hilton Inn at the Ballpark, St. Louis Missouri.
Car-O-Liner, a global provider of collision repair solutions to the automotive aftermarket, welcomes Eddie Gutierrez, new owner and president of Car-O-Liner Distributor, Performance Tool & Equipment Inc. in Albuquerque, NM.
An expansive and strategically located parcel of vacant land on Detroit's eastside will gain a major new tenant in the ongoing campaign to attract manufacturing jobs to the city, Gov. Rick Snyder and Mayor Mike Duggan announced May 25.
Probst Auto Body staff, Dieterich, IL.
Probst Auto Body recently received the Management Success! Master Elite Shop Management Award during the Spring 2016 Convention.
Emphasizing the importance of advanced materials in automotive design, the National Science Foundation has awarded a Michigan community college $200,000 for lightweight vehicle manufacturing education.
Lloyd Van Raden uses a pneumatic tool to drill out a spot weld on a truck body he is repairing at his shop, Lloyd’s Auto Body Inc., Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in Moorhead. (Dave Wallis, Forum News Source)
The owner of Lloyd's Auto Body in Moorhead is fed up with "steering" -- when customers are advised, or coerced, by their insurance agent to use a preferred vendor after an accident.
Symach specializes in building automated body shops around the world using a new repair process called FixLine.
In May, Bob, Jim and Jay Gottfred, principals at Erie-LaSalle Body Shops, announced the addition of a third Chicago location. Erie-LaSalle is a family-owned and operated multi-shop repair center that was founded in 1934.
The Omaha I-CAR Committee awarded a collision student with $1,000 in tools through a spring tool grant opportunity with the Collision Repair Education Foundation.
Sheila and Tim Steiner, owners of CARSTAR Riverside Auto Body
BASF employees Karl Schnapp, (second from left) and Elaine Colyer accept the Eagle Award from (left) Dr. Kevin Swift, Chief Economist for the American Chemistry Council and Rob Paxton, OCTC Board Chair.
Tom Schoenmann, owner of Tom’s Auto Center, said his business is all about the customers and friends they serve. The employees who help meet the needs of the customers are, from left, Matt Swanson, Cary Wianecki, Schoenmann, Lisa Schoenmann, Dan Hildebrant, Joe Sawyer and Tom Sumwalt.
Amber Gerber/Thistle staff
Tom Payne, WASCO General Manager (third from right) receives his trophy from (left to right) Denise Kingstrom, BASF Distribution Director; Paul Whittleston, BASF Vice President, Automotive Refinish; Chris Toomey, BASF Senior Vice President, Coatings Solutions North America; Paul Barnes, BASF ColorSource Program Manager and Nick Maloof, BASF Zone Manager.
Grant Kennedy (left) and Ben Falconer (right) won first place in the collision repair and refinishing competitions, respectively, at the Colorado SkillsUSA Competition.
Aims Community College automotive students, Benjamin Falconer and Grant Kennedy, will be competing in the Automotive Refinishing and Collision Repair Technology competition at the national SkillsUSA Championships June 20-24 in Louisville, KY. Falconer is from Greeley, and Kennedy is from Hudson, CO.