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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 Receives Prestigious Master Elite Shop Management Award

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.

Llyods body shop owner says insurance agents using tactics illegal in state

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.

Erie-LaSalle Body Shop

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.

CARSTAR Riverside

Sheila and Tim Steiner, owners of CARSTAR Riverside Auto Body

BASF Ohio Chemistry

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.