Local news stories affecting the auto body industry in Arizona, Utah, Arkansas, Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Louisiana
Commercial Metals Co (CMC) of Irving, Texas, has announced plans to install a 3,000-horsepower Harris shredder with an online/offline nonferrous separation system at a new site in Corpus Christi, Texas.
According to a press release issued by CMC, the shredder will be built on a 63-acre greenfield site about 5 miles from CMC’s existing scrap processing facility in Corpus Christi. Construction will begin in May with completion anticipated by January 2012, the company says.
Joe Alvarado, CMC president and chief operating officer, says, “Installation of this new shredder ensures CMC will continue to meet the recycling needs of the Corpus Christi area and further demonstrates our commitment to grow our CMC Recycling division.”
With the announced installation, CMC will operate eight auto shredders in North America.
The Automotive Service Association (ASA) has testified before the House Ways and Means Committee of the Texas General Assembly in Austin, Texas, about an inequity in the current Texas Franchise Tax code.
In her testimony, Denise Caspersen, ASA’s Collision Division manager, discussed the association’s support for Texas House Bill 429, a bill introduced by Rep. Allen Fletcher, R-130, to reclassify the automotive repair industry as “retail” for purposes of the franchise tax.
“Currently, in the Texas Franchise Tax code, automotive repair and collision shops owned and operated by new or used car dealerships are taxed at half the rate used to tax independently owned automotive repair businesses doing identical work,” said Caspersen. “The tax code classifies dealership sales as ‘retail’ and allows their service and repair business to be included under that banner. Texas independent repairers are seeking similar treatment.”
ASA members from Texas also spoke in support of the legislation.
House Bill 429, if passed, would allow automotive repair shops to be taxed the same amount that dealers, parts stores and tire stores are now taxed. The Texas Senate has also introduced its version of the bill, Senate Bill 476.
ASA is asking Texas repairers to continue to support House Bill 429 and its companion, Senate Bill 476, by contacting their state legislators urging support for the legislation.
In honor of OSHA's celebration of 40 years and in memory of workers who lost their lives on the job, The University of Texas at Arlington OSHA Education Center will be offering the following classes FREE to our constituents.
Classes are scheduled for various Texas cities including Arlington, San Antonio, Austin and Houston.
Registration is online and participation is limited by venue size, so don't delay in registering! Visit the OSHA education Center web site or call 1-866-906-9190 for details on a class in your city!
Alan Walne, Body Shop Manager at Herb's Paint & Body Shops in Texas, was elected chairman of the board of directors and chairman of the executive committee of the State Fair of Texas during the annual meeting of the board on April 20 at The Women’s Museum in Fair Park. Walne succeeds Ruben Esquivel, who served as chairman from 2007-2011. Esquivel will continue as a member of both the board and executive committee during Walne's term.
Five new members were elected to the board of directors; Sam P. Burford, Levi H. Davis, Robert A. Estrada, Wendy A. Lopez and Craig A. Woodcook will serve on the 55-member board of State Fair of Texas, Inc., the private, non-profit corporation responsible for presenting the annual exposition.
At the luncheon meeting, the board of directors also elected its officers for the coming year. In addition to Alan Walne, chairman, others elected were Errol W. McKoy, president; Lee Winton, CFO/senior vice president, finance; Robert B. Smith, corporate secretary; and Billy R. Allen, Roy C. Coffee, Jr., Thomas M. Dunning, Ruben Esquivel, Roy Gene Evans, Lois Finkelman, Richard Knight, Jr., James M. Moroney III, Alice Murray, Pete Schenkel, John Scovell, George Shafer, Bruce Sifford, and Joel T. Williams, Jr.
The collision industry lost one of its leading members at the end of March; James Robert “Bob” English, Jr., founder of English Color in the southern US.
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Bob was raised in Dallas, and took great pride in having graduated from Texas A&M University, Class of ‘46, with a Business degree. Bob was known by his friends for his love of a good Aggie joke, so much so that he was given the nickname “Aggie Bob”, which was how he was identified for decades.
“Bob was just a core Aggie,” said Michael McCabe with English Color, “Our corporate office in Richardson flies the American flag and the Texas A&M flag right below it.”
Bob was an accomplished businessman who founded English Color & Supply, Inc. in 1946. The company has evolved from selling automotive batteries out of a panel truck to becoming one of the largest distributors of automotive paint and supplies with 41 locations in 6 states and representing products from over 100 suppliers. Even after Bob’s retirement, he continued to have an active role in an advisory capacity and strived to maintain a personal relationship with his dedicated employees.
Students in St. Philip’s College’s Collision Technology Department have created a Student Organization with officers rallying around one of their classmates, Raymond Tolosa, who placed first at the Texas Skills USA competition in Vehicle Refinishing.
The organization also recognizes the achievements of Jose Palomo, who is also a St. Philips auto collision student and finished second in the competition.
The students are starting a fundraiser for travel expenses for Tolosa to travel to the Skills USA Nationals in Kansas City in June.
The students are also creating a letter announcing the formation of the Student Organization and its purpose including the benefit to the industry and students relating to Skills USA accomplishments.
St. Philip’s College Auto Collision Repair Program is a 2 year state accredited program that offers students three options in their auto collision industry education and career path, including a 2 year Associates in Applied Science degree, a Collision Repair Certificate and a Refinishing Certificate.
The Northwest Louisiana Collision Repair Association (NWLCRA) held their monthly meeting on April 5 in the Magnolia Room at the Louisiana Technical College in Shreveport, Louisiana.
The meeting was hosted by President, Chris Fielder and Secretary-Treasurer, Bill Burnside.
The I-CAR schedule was discussed and the “test out” procedure that is now in place. Students have to register at least 2 weeks prior to the testing.
If the deadline is missed, you won’t be able to test. The test will be given between 5 to 7 PM and the doors will be locked at 5:00 PM.
For more information, contact Bill Burnside or see the I-CAR website.
The Houston Auto Body Association is asking that members of the collision repair industry in Texas contact their Senators in support of SB 1300, which is up for committee hearing on April 12. SB 1300 will require more disclosure from insurers about their Direct repair Program policies and requirements. Please call and email the State Senators who will decide whether or not SB 1300 will go to the next phase in becoming Law as soon as possible. By making 8 phone calls you will make a difference when the Committee meets tomorrow.
To view the most recent version of SB 1300 please CLICK HERE.
James Brown and many others will be in Austin Tuesday April 12 at 7am to show support for this bill. Give James a call 832-515-9609 if you plan on being there. The latest version of the bill can be seen below. The Texas Department of Insurance is in full support of this bill as well.
On March 16, 2011 the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) held its Annual Awards Banquet at the Crowne Plaza Meadowlands in Secaucus, New Jersey. As always, the highlight of the event was the presentation of the SCRS Industry Awards, through which the Society recognizes those that demonstrate outstanding service and achievement within the collision repair industry.
The Houston Autobody Association (HABA) was honored with the Affiliate Association Award.
The Affiliate Association Award recognizes an SCRS affiliate that exhibits exemplary actions on behalf of the collision repair professional.
The Texas Senate voted to approve Senate Bill 944 on March 24. The bill was introduced by Texas Senator Mike Jackson earlier this month before being transferred to the Committee on Business and Commerce. The bill now moves to the House for approval.
The bill would create an advisory committee for the Texas Insurance Commissioner that would make recommendations regarding automobile insurance claims.
The full text of the engrossed* bill can be seen below: