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Monday, 13 August 2012 21:13

NWLCRA Discusses PartsTrader at August Meeting

The Northwest Louisiana Collision Repair Association held its August 7 meeting at the Hilton Shreveport.  About 80 members attended, with a combination of collision repair shop owners, dealership owners, parts vendors and automobile manufacturers.

The meeting was brought to order by Bill Burnside, NWLCRA Secretary-Treasurer, who also read the anti-trust statement. Ben Sanders, owner of B&S Collision, gave the prayer. Chris Shepherd, collision repair instructor at Louisiana Technical College, introduced two students who competed at the national SkillsUSA competition. Adam Townsel placed 18th and Hector Diaz placed 21st. Shepherd said it has been quite some time since LTC has participated in SkillsUSA, and he was proud of his students and their accomplishments. Congratulations to Adam and Hector!

Other business discussed included the upcoming NACE tradeshow, I-CAR class schedules, and the association's upcoming Christmas party. The special guest from ASA brought free passes to NACE, being held in New Orleans this year. I-CAR class schedules have been updated on the NWLCRA calendar, which can be found at by clicking on the "Calendar" button. The Christmas party is set for December 8 at Fielder Paint & Body, 521 N. Market, Shreveport, LA. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will feature the Walker Street Band.

Denise Caspersen, ASA Collision Division Manager, was the featured guest speaker and spoke about the State Farm parts procurement pilot program. She spoke on areas of concern that have been raised by collision repair facilities, automobile manufacturers, recyclers, and parts vendors. She pointed out that ASA is a bridge between the collision industry and State Farm and that ASA is not taking any position, but conducting research to determine the facts. Concerns raised by collision repair facilities include a potential increase in administrative costs and potential increase of cycle time delays.  Parts suppliers had similar concerns with increased administrative costs and data privacy. Other industry-wide concerns include the overall legality of the program and how it will benefit the consumer. Caspersen had multiple handouts, which are also available online at, click on "Tools & Resources"  then "State Farm Pilot Program."

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