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Early Exhibit Commitments Up for NACE | CARS 2015

The automotive repair and service industry will return to Detroit next summer July 21-July 25 for NACE | CARS 2015. With Industry Week coming together again, key companies are contracting for 2015 exhibit space at a record-setting pace. More than ...

Fully Automatic Spot Welder

Car-O-Liner’s CTR12000 resistance welder is a fully automatic spot welder for today's advanced metals. As new metals are introduced, a spot welder must be able to adapt to the changing needs of our evolving industry.  The CTR12000 does just that t...

Publisher's Perspective: Make Mine Certified, Please...

...ASE certified, to be exact. I recently attended the annual ASE recognition dinner that was held in Frida this year. Technicians and counterpersons from all around the nation were honored for having the top test scores. BodyShop Business sponsors a...

Kaeser Compressors Breaks Ground on New Building Expansion

Kaeser Compressors has broken ground on a new building expansion to their headquarters in Fredericksburg, Va. Representatives from building contractor Emerald Construction, architect McKinney & Co., the Office of Economic Development and Touri...

Editor's Notes: Rescue Me

One of my favorite TV shows right now is “Bar Rescue,” where nightlife expert Jon Taffer tries to turn around a failing bar or restaurant. Maybe it’s because of Taffer’s epic meltdowns when he finds bugs in the liquor bottles or dead mice und...

Buying Tips: Welders

Spanesi www.spanesi-americas.com Considerations on purchasing a resistance welder starts with power requirements for the welder. Does your facility meet these needs, or will an upgrade to the building’s power be required? Secondly, are OEM appr...

The New Year’s Challenge – Version 2.015!

It’s time for my annual column challenging you to set some New Year’s resolutions and commit to tackling some important issues related to your overall online Web presence. Resolutions are promises you make to yourself in hopes of making a posi...

Tips to Improve Sales, Production and Finance

My theory is that an owner of an independent body shop splits his or her time among three main job functions: sales, production and finance. As 2014 comes to a close, I would like to share some simple best practices I see the most successful shop own...

I-CAR Launches New Alternative Fuel Vehicle Course

I-CAR has launched an all-new instructor-led course, Alternative Fuel Vehicle Damage Analysis and Safety (ALT03). This live, instructor-led, three-credit hour course is designed to enhance a collision repair professional’s understanding of how to s...

Auto Body Parts Association Launches Online Edition of Newsletter

The Auto Body Parts Association (ABPA) announced it has launched an online edition of its association newsletter, Body Language. The site is also “mobile-friendly” for viewing on smart phones and tablets. "Our goals in switching from a print v...

The YouTube Effect

Consumers are increasingly leaning toward watching videos online, as the rapid growth in mobile devices continues. But how does that translate to the collision repair industry? It’s one thing for people to become obsessed with cat videos, but in th...

Fix Auto Adds Nine New Franchises

Fix Auto announced the addition of nine new franchise locations, bringing the organization’s total to 67. The franchises considerably expand the geographical reach of the Fix Auto brand. Two locations mark Fix Auto’s entry into the hotly conte...

Idaho Collision Repairers Select National AutoBody Research to Implement Ray Gunder Real-Time Labor Rate Survey

National AutoBody Research (NABR) announced it has launched its Variable Rate System (VRS)/Ray Gunder Real-Time Labor Rate Survey in Idaho, sponsored by the Idaho Autobody Craftsman Association (IACA). Instead of producing one prevailing rate, the...

American Family Insurance Sponsors $15,000 in Collision School Grants Through Collision Repair Education Foundation

American Family Insurance has awarded $15,000 in grants to four collision school programs through the Collision Repair Education Foundation. The schools applied for the Education Foundation’s 2014 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grant,...

ABRA Auto Body & Glass Expands in Three States

ABRA Auto Body & Glass has expanded for the third time in 30 days, in three separate states, and with three separate transactions. ABRA announced today the acquisition of Consolidated Collision Center in Park Forest, Ill., three CARS, ...

Deadline Approaching for 2015 ASA-Midwest Student Scholarship Application

ASA-Midwest announced that the deadline for applying for the 2015 ASA-Midwest Student Scholarship Application is Saturday, Dec. 20. Eligibility requirements: Applicant must have earned a minimum 2.0 GPA in high school and, if currently enrol...

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