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Chip Foose and KC Mathieu Demonstrate Spray Gun Duel at BASF Automotive Refinish Open House

Chip Foose and KC Mathieu prepare for a spray gun duel at the BASF Houston Competence Center Open House.

On June 7, Chris Toomey, BASF senior vice president, Coatings Solutions North America, welcomed guests and hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for BASF’s new Houston competence center alongside members of the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce and real estate developer Trammel Crow.

Certified Collision Group™ (CCG), a certifications provider to the automotive collision repair and insurance communities, announced the addition of Car Crafters Collision Centers in Albuquerque, NM.

Nearly five months ago, AutoNation acquired Allen Samuels Auto Group, based in Waco, Texas. Since then, Andy Reed, a parts director for AutoNation and former employee of Allen Samuels, said there have been great benefits for both employees and customers.

Collision Safety Consultants Announce Fourth Location

Billy Walkowiak, President and founder of Collison Safety Consultants, has announced the opening of the company’s fourth location.

Global Finishing Solutions (GFS) has announced that they are proud to welcome Premier Collision Equipment to the GFS distribution team, bolstering their ability to provide service to automotive body shops in the Dallas, Fort Worth and surrounding Texas area.

The Boyd Group Inc. (the "Boyd Group") has announced the acquisition and opening of a collision repair center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The center previously operated as Desert Rose Collision.

Shop Showcase: Shop Owner Fixes 80% of All Bumpers with Polyvance

 At Highlands Ranch Collision Center, Technician Jake Kern has become adept at saving bumpers by using Polyvance's 6059-C Nitro Fuzer Welding System.


Jay Corken owns a busy body shop in Littleton, CO, repairing roughly 120 cars every month rain or shine. With two DRPs, some fleet work sprinkled in and several mutually-beneficial relationships with local car dealerships, Highlands Ranch Collision Center has a wide range of brand-specific certifications. These include: Ford (aluminum), Nissan, Infiniti and Hyundai.

National Autobody Parts Warehouse, Inc. in Grand Prairie, TX has expanded their inventory and presence in the Austin/San Antonio market with the recent addition of a 50,000-square-foot distribution warehouse.

Houston shooting


Two people are dead and six are injured after a shooting May 29 at an auto shop in a west Houston neighborhood.

Service King Contributes 75000 to Two Texas Non Profits


Service King Collision Repair Centers and its Texas-based teammates recently hosted a pair of charity golf tournaments that combined to contribute more than $75,000 between Safe Place of Austin and The Arbor School in Houston.

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