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I-CAR Announces Launch of Next Round of Website Improvements

I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, announced the launch of a second phase of website upgrades designed to improve the user experience and the class registration process through its customer login portal, myI-CAR. Among the...

Dynabrade Announces Acquisition of National Detroit Pneumatic Tools

Dynabrade, Inc., an abrasive power tool manufacturer, announced that it has completed the acquisition of the assets of National Detroit, Inc., located in Rockford, Ill., a manufacturer of pneumatic abrasive power tools. Terms were not disclosed. Prod...

Grind Quickly and Efficiently

This air tool is a multi-purpose abrasive belt tool that's ideal for grinding, blending and deburring various materials quickly and efficiently. With .5-hp and 20,000 RPM, it allows for ideal grinding of sharp metal edges, rusted bolts, welds, etc. T...

Roark Capital Group Acquires Driven Brands

Roark Capital Group, an Atlanta-based private equity firm focused on franchise and consumer brands, announced that its affiliate has acquired Driven Brands, a franchise automotive company, from Harvest Partners, LP ("Harvest"). Jonathan Fitzpatrick, ...

Ford Signs Agreement with DowAksa to Advance Research on Carbon Fiber

Ford and DowAksa have signed a joint development agreement (JDA) to formally advance research on cost-effective, high-volume manufacturing of automotive-grade carbon fiber, a material poised to play a significant role in the drive to make vehicles li...

Mini USA Sets Its Sights on X-Ray Specs

Mini of BMW Group has teamed up with Qualcomm to make a prototype pair of augmented reality glasses that will let drivers get more enjoyment from piloting their own vehicle, reported USA Today. While most automakers and some tech companies are foc...

Homeless Family Gets New Start with Car Donation Through NABC's Recycled Rides

RW Mallon Auto Paint & Equipment teamed up with Ciocca Collision Center of Quakertown, Pa., GEICO, LKQ and other local partners to donate a 2009 Honda Accord to a young Pennsylvania family living in a homeless shelter. The car donation is...

OEC Named Northeast Ohio Tech Company of the Year for 2015

OEConnection LLC (OEC), a technology employer in Northeast Ohio, was recognized during the 9th Annual Best of Tech Awards ceremony in downtown Cleveland. Established by OHTec and the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE), the Best of Tech Awards reco...

Ex-Service King CFO Sentenced For Embezzlement

An ex-chief financial officer for Dallas-based Service King Collision Repair Centers was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in embezzling more than $2 million in funds from the business and company owner, CBS DFW reported. Sixty-on...

Two Business-Building Events to be Held in California

Two California Collision Industry Nights will be held in April for local body shop owners. The evenings will consist of discussions on critical business issues and trends affecting the collision industry. CARSTAR, Hertz, BASF, 3M, Mitchell, and Finis...

CARSTAR Announces Plans To Expand Insurance Relations Team

CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts has announced that it is expanding its insurance relations team to service its continually growing relationships with insurance carriers. Record sales in 2014 and marked growth in DRP partnerships have led CARSTAR ...

Create a Smooth, Blended Finish

The EzEdger from Hostar, Inc., creates a blended finish. It folds under one edge of the masking tape as the tape is dispensed, and works with any ¾" (18mm) masking tapes. Painting against this folded "soft edge" produces a smooth, blended finish req...

Collision Repair Education Foundation Holds Makeover Grant Ribbon Cutting Event

The Collision Repair Education Foundation held a ribbon cutting ceremony at Maxwell High School’s (Lawrenceville, Ga.) collision program on Wednesday, April 8th as they were the recipient of the 2013 $50,000 makeover school grant funded by the Atla...

ASA Offers Free Marketing Diagnostic to Member-Shops

The Automotive Service Association (ASA) announced its new partnership with Autoshop Solutions, a website design and Internet marketing company for the automotive industry. Since 2013, Autoshop Solutions has maintained ASA’s three websites, includi...

Ford Collision Parts Truckload Program Reduces List Prices On 77 New Part Additions

Ford Customer Service Division (FCSD) has added 77 new parts to its Collision Parts Truckload Program, including parts for the popular F-series, Focus, Fiesta and Flex vehicle lines. List prices were reduced on the new parts an average of 14 percent....

Survey Finds Households With More Vehicles Travel More

Based on data from the National Household Travel Survey, households with more vehicles not only travel more, but often put more miles on their most-used vehicle compared to households with fewer vehicles, the U.S. Energy Information Administration re...

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