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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.

Friday, 17 March 2017 17:21

Fire at San Antonio Body Shop Starts in Paint Booth

Written by Caleb Downs, mySA

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A fire that originated in the paint booth of an auto-body shop in the far Northwest Side on March 10, 2017 caused about $65,000 in damage.


A fire that originated in the paint booth of an auto body repair shop in the far Northwest Side of San Antonio on March 10 caused about $65,000 in damage, according to officials.

Maaco 500th Opening Dallas


Maaco Auto Painting & Collision Repair cut the ribbon on its 500th location in North America as it kicks off its 45th anniversary of serving customers across the continent.


Wednesday, 08 March 2017 22:25

Soldiers Handed ‘Recycled’ Keys

Written by Kelby Wingert, Fort Hood Sentinel

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Spc. Nikolai Patterson, WTU, holds up the keys to his new-to-him refurbished car gifted by the National Auto Body Council's Recycled Rides program. (Photo credit: Kelby Wingert, Sentinel Staff)


Three Fort Hood Soldiers were handed the keys to their brand-new (to them) cars during the Cowboys Military Combine at AT&T Stadium on February 25. The cars were gifted as part of the Recycled Rides program from the National Auto Body Council.

A wave of 32 apprentice technicians officially joined the Service King family recently as the organization further expanded the reach of its Apprentice Development Program.

The Arkansas House Insurance and Commerce Committee voted down Arkansas Senate Bill (SB) 291, introduced by state Sen. Greg Standridge, R-16, by a voice vote.

Arkansas Senate Bill (SB) 291, introduced by State Sen. Greg Standridge, R-16, would repeal the requirement for the use of aftermarket crash parts in repair of a vehicle that is still under the manufacturer’s warranty without the vehicle owner’s written consent.

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Celebrating its 100th anniversary, the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) kicked off a series of yearlong commemorative events at its annual convention and expo in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 26 to 29.

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