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Tuesday, 03 January 2017 18:49

IA Body Shops Busy After Snowy Weekend

Written by Shirley Descorbeth, KWWL

Body Shops Busy MW

Photo credit: KWWL

After a snowy mid-December weekend, many drivers are going to auto body shops in hopes of repairing their cars.

Friday, 23 December 2016 18:03

Penney’s Auto Body in OH Consolidates at Ravenna Shop

Written by Estelle R. Brown, weeklyvillager.com


Photo credit: weeklyvillager.com


A family business that has served Garrettsville for nearly 40 years is consolidating its talent and resources in Ravenna, OH, effective January 1, 2017.

Friday, 23 December 2016 17:19

Newell's of Decatur, IL Certified by Assured Performance

Written by Herald & Review



Newell’s Auto Body in Decatur, IL has been certified by Assured Performance, a non-profit consumer advocacy organization, for maintaining the right tools, equipment, training and facility necessary to repair the participating automaker brand vehicles according to the manufacturer's specifications.

Friday, 23 December 2016 16:36

Coachwork Auto Body in WI Under New Ownership

Written by Joe Vandelaarschot, Daily News

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Owners Jason Lisko, left, and Mike Held stand in the garage as vehicles are washed Tuesday morning at Coachwork Auto Body in the town of Addison. (John Ehlke/Daily News)

After more than 35 years, Coachwork Auto Body in Addison, WI has new owners.

On the heels of the signing of the SAVE Act legislation to support autonomous vehicle testing and deployment in Michigan, General Motors will immediately begin testing autonomous vehicles on public roads.

Waubonsee Repair Contest

Winners of the Waubonsee Auto Body Repair Contest


With a host of auto body sponsors and repair shop owners serving as judges, the Waubonsee Community College Auto Body Repair program in Chicago, IL hosted its annual hood painting competition.

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.

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