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Monday, 17 April 2017 19:43

Man Posing as Worker Steals From Phoenix Body Shop Owner

Written by Zahid Arab, KPHO/KTVK

Man Robbed Body Shop
Luna agreed to pay the man up to $400 a week for his work. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

 

A Phoenix auto shop owner says a homeless man that he put to work took advantage of his goodwill by stealing his tools and a customer’s truck.

Cambridge Automotive Group (CAG), the largest Maaco franchisee in North America, recently opened a new Maaco store in Kingman, Arizona.

A number of bills potentially impacting collision repairers have been introduced in state legislatures throughout the Southwest this year.

Thursday, 13 April 2017 20:22

Towing Company Tied to Shut Down Shop Now Under Investigation

Written by Amy Davis - Reporter/Consumer Expert

A towing company with ties to USA Auto Collision Center--a business on Houston’s south side that was shut down after a Channel 2 investigation last year--is accused of similar bad behavior after drivers lodged some complaints.

San Antonio Recycled URG 2
Representatives from Caliber Collision and Farmers unveil the 2014 Ford Fusion presented by the National Auto Body Council at the conclusion of the URG Conference.


Members of the National Auto Body Council and the United Recyclers Group gave a single mother and her three young children in San Antonio a much-needed lift when they presented the family with a practically brand new car fully loaded with gifts and toys.

Friday, 07 April 2017 22:00

Louisiana's Lawsuit Against State Farm Lies Dormant

Written by John Severance

Nothing has happened for more than a year, but Louisiana’s lawsuit against insurance carrier State Farm is still alive.

Video from a security camera at Auto Xtreme Collision Center in Lafayette, Louisiana caught a tornado picking up a car and flipping it in the air during the early April storm, KTRK ABC 13 reported.

tstc auto collision grant nationwide
Pictured left to right are Kevon Kleibrink, lead instructor for the Auto Collision and Management Technology program in Waco; Clint Campbell, statewide Auto Collision and Management Technology chair; and Matt Pietrowicz, a materials damage technical office business consultant for Nationwide Insurance in Columbus, Ohio.

 

Texas State Technical College's Auto Collision and Management Technology program commemorated a $5,000 grant received from the Nationwide Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Ohio-based Nationwide Insurance, on Tuesday, March 28.

Thursday, 30 March 2017 17:57

High Hopes for LA Community College's New Auto Training Ctr

Written by Ryan Broussard, Baton Rouge Business Report

McKay Auto Center
The new McKay Automotive Training Center at Baton Rouge Community College measures 83,000 square feet and includes two fully equipped diesel labs, three industry standard diagnostic/technical labs, six high-tech classrooms and a 100-seat auditorium. It offers students specialized classroom instruction and practical shop experience to prepare them to fill entry level technician jobs immediately after graduation. Photography by Allie Appel

 

Gerry Lane Enterprises President Eric Lane can’t find enough certified auto repair technicians to keep his four Baton Rouge area dealerships fully staffed. And he knows he’s not alone.

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Megan Gee took first place in Secondary Refinishing

 

Aims Community College, located in northern Colorado, recently hosted a regional SkillsUSA Challenge in the field of Auto Collision Repair Technology.

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