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Five UTI Houston Students Receive “Hire Our Heroes” Tool Grants and Scholarships

L to R: Pedro Londono, 3M, Joe Olivares, UTI Houston instructor, Joshua Tapia, UTI Houston students, Roan Cowart, Robert Rioux, Ramiro Serrano, Kevin Hill, and Rick Sanchez, 3M


Five students from Universal Technical Institute’s (UTI) Houston campus were honored with scholarships from 3M and the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) in a ceremony held May 19. The recipients are all military veterans enrolled in the school’s Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology (CRRT) program and were selected based on a written essay and instructor nominations.

The Boyd Group Inc. (the "Boyd Group") announced the acquisition and opening of a collision repair center in Sapulpa, OK on May 20. The center previously operated as Finishing Touches Auto Body Shop and is located at the intersection of Route 66 and Highway 117.

Owner, 3 Employees Arrested After Police Raid Auto Shop Just West of Pearland, TX Ricardo Gonzalez

Houston resident Ricardo Gonzalez, 41, was arrested at his tow truck company and auto repair shop north of Pearland Thursday, May 5 on felony charges of Organized Criminal Activity.


The owner and three employees of an auto body shop north of Pearland, TX were arrested on felony charges of Organized Criminal Activity after Houston Police conducted a raid at the business Thursday, May 5.

Paint, Body and Equipment Specialists (PBES), a segment community of the Auto Care Association, reported record attendance for its 2016 annual conference.

D&S Curing Solutions Cuts Drying Time, Saves Money for Gilmore's Collision Center

The front of Gilmore’s Collision Center, located at 3511 Old Jacksboro Hwy, Wichita Falls, TX.


With almost 70 years of business under their belt, Gilmore's Collision Center has perfected the art of keeping employees happy, while simultaneously increasing efficiency.

On May 4, Gladwin Automotive Paint and its eight locations were acquired by FinishMaster, Inc, a subsidiary of Uni-Select, Inc.

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Zack Wirth, right, and his wife Ricque buff a Lamborghini on Wednesday at their detailing shop, Greeley Auto Spa, 3620 35th Ave., in Greeley. The Wirths were chosen for the Tribune’s 20 Under 40 contest, which recognizes the top business performers younger than 40 in Weld County.

Joshua Polson/ | The Greeley Tribune