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75-Year-Old CA Technician Discusses Career, Why He's in No Rush to Retire

Otto Nikoleyczik, 75, poses in front of J P's Paint and Body Works in Chico, CA. 

Otto Nikoleyczik began dabbling in the collision repair industry at the age of 13. He had just moved from Germany to Long Island, NY, to live with his aunt and uncle, who owned a body shop.

High School Students Win Big in Auto Tech Competition at UTI Rancho Cucamonga
High school students work together to solve hands-on auto technician challenges at UTI’s Top Tech Challenge, an educational opportunity to win scholarship funds and industry tools.

This spring, Universal Technical Institute (UTI) awarded six students from Upland High School and Monte Vista High School a total of $45,000 in scholarships for exemplary performance in a series of auto technician tests at the Top Tech Challenge event.

To fill an enormous need for new collision professionals, Erick Bickett, CEO of FixAuto, and Charlie Robertson, a veteran automotive tech instructor, recently launched the Collision Career Institute (CCI) in Anaheim, CA.

Family-Owned Auburn Collision 1 Painters Love BASF for Ease in Matching and Enhanced Productivity

Auburn Collision 1 is a family-owned and operated shop in Auburn, WA which has seen significant improvements in productivity and profitability with BASF paints and primers.

 

Located in Auburn, WA, Auburn Collision 1 is one of two local shops owned and operated by the Stamps family. After working as a body tech for several years in the late 1970s, owner Gary Stamps ventured out on his own and opened Auburn Collision 1 with a single office and only four garage bays in 1981. “He did it all for eight years and built the business from the ground up,” recalled Barrett Stamps, Gary’s son and current shop manager who is positioned to transition to the role of coowner alongside his sister within the next year and a half.

Caliber Collision to Occupy 35M Industrial Building in San Marcos CA
185 Vallecitos De Oro, San Marcos
Photo Courtesy of CoStar Group


Cross Development of Carrollton, Texas, has acquired a San Marcos industrial building for approximately $3.5 million, according to brokerage firm Lee & Associates.

Members of a federal task force found 182 pounds of cocaine hidden inside a charter bus that traveled from Mexico to Wilmington, authorities said May 31.

Universal Technical Institute has partnered with Infiniti in the United States to launch the Infiniti Technical Training Academy (ITTA).

DMV Inspection department of motor vehicles

Linda Vantilborg, left, a compliance investigator with the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, issues a citation to Jose Tinoco for operating an auto body shop without a license, Tuesday, May 17, 2016, in Las Vegas. (Benjamin Hager, Las Vegas Review-Journal)

 

Jose Tinoco achieved a longtime dream two months ago by opening an auto body repair shop just south of Nellis Air Force Base.

The business bearing his name was permitted by the secretary of state’s office and Clark County, but Tinoco said he didn’t realize he needed to be licensed by a third agency: the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Fletcher Jones Motorcars Gets What They Pay For With 3M Products

Fletcher Jones Motorcars - Mercedes Benz is one of the only Mercedes Benz Elite certified shops in its market area.

 

Due to their close affiliation with the OEMs, dealership shops are expected to maintain a high level of quality in their repairs, and that is more than true for Fletcher Jones Motorcars - Mercedes Benz in Newport Beach, CA.

REAL West Coast Customs Car Show

Ryan Friedlinghaus, owner of West Coast Customs

 

On May 7, West Coast Customs held an exclusive car show at their Burbank facility. The event was hosted by 92.3's Big Boy and Ryan Friedlinghaus, owner of West Coast Customs.