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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 17:45

'Friend' Convicted In Atlanta Body Shop Slaying

Written by Craig Johnson, Atlanta Patch

A Fulton County, GA jury convicted a man of felony murder for gunning down his longtime friend after an argument, District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. announced Tuesday, March 14.

West Virginia Senate Bill (SB) 544, introduced by state Sen. Mark Maynard, R-6, would eliminate the requirement for consumer written consent when using aftermarket parts in a vehicle that is still under the manufacturer’s warranty.

Casey Skelton Athens Collision Student

Casey Skelton enrolled in the Automotive Collision Repair Program at Athens Technical College in January 2017.

Hitting a deer with only liability coverage would be a disaster for most people, but Casey Skelton was able to find a silver lining. 

Polyvance Announces I CAR Industry Training

 

Plastic repair is gaining in importance as more body shops are realizing its impact on gross profit margin and cycle time.

The collision repair industry is known for being male-dominated, and with the increasing need for young professionals to enter the industry, it’s refreshing to meet Katie Inge, a 23-year-old shop owner in Chesapeake, VA.

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Industry stakeholders met with Commissioner Adam Putnam in January to discuss concerns about the collision repair industry

 

A group of industry stakeholders in Florida recently sat down and met with Commissioner Adam Putnam of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Billy Walkowiak

Billy Walkowiak, founder of Collision Safety Consultants

 

Since Billy Walkowiak founded Collision Safety Consultants seven years ago, he has helped consumers, body shops, dealerships and even insurance companies with diminished value claims as well as inspecting post-repair vehicles to determine whether they were fixed properly.

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Nancy McInerney repairs a vehicle during one of her courses at TCAT Crossville.

 

As Nancy McInerney approached her fourth and final year in a student teaching program, she realized her passion lay elsewhere.

Auto Body Express, with seven stores in the greater Tampa Bay and Florida Suncoast region, was recently chosen the distributor of the Betag Flatliner.

From January 26-28 in Tifton, Georgia, the National Auto Body Council (NABC) took the lead in sponsoring an onsite training class to lessen the amount of time it takes to extract an occupant from their vehicle in an accident.

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