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Axalta Announces Custom Finishes Calendar Competition

Axalta has announced the launch of its Custom Finishes Calendar Competition. The paint manufacturer is looking for motorized passenger vehicles including automobiles (imports or domestic), motorcycles, aircraft or watercraft, provided they are fin...

AASP-MN Loses Battle Over Steering, Parts Procurement Bill

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers-Minnesota (AASP-MN) announced that, with less than 24 hours before the constitutionally-mandated date for adjournment, AASP-MN provisions to close a steering loophole and prohibit insurer mandates for spec...

ASA Addresses EPA Over Potential Aerosol Spray Degreaser Rule

In response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently initiating the rule-making process to address identified risks associated with the use of trichloroethylene and other chlorinated solvents in aerosol spray degreasers, the Automot...

BodyShop News Takes a Holiday

We will not be distributing our e-newsletter on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day. Our normal schedule will resume on Wednesday, May 27. The staff of BodyShop Business wishes you and yours a safe and happy holiday weekend!...

ASA Congratulates AudaExplore on Feather, Prime and Block Estimating Solution

The Automotive Service Association (ASA) is applauding the recent efforts of AudaExplore, a Solera Company, on its creation of the industry’s first estimating software solution for feather, prime and block (FP&B). Whenever a panel is repaire...

Motorcar Parts of America Announces Acquisition of OE Plus

From aftermarketNews.com. Motorcar Parts of America (MPA) announced it has completed the acquisition of OE Plus LTD, a privately held remanufacturer of alternators and starters based in North Dighton, Mass. Terms were not disclosed. “This tra...

Fiat Chrysler Gives All-Aluminum Jeep Thumbs Down

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has decided against building an all-aluminum Jeep Wrangler, the company’s CEO told a Detroit crowd recently. The Toledo Blade reported that although the company still intends to use some aluminum in place of steel to cu...

Business: Open Your Eyes

There’s nothing like a fresh set of eyes. Managers and owners who are onsite every day often can’t see the forest through the trees, which is why they would benefit from seeing their operation from a new vantage point. How would your shop look th...

Operations: Forgotten Labor Part III

    Welcome to Forgotten Labor Part III! In case you haven’t been reading this series of articles that started in the September 2014 issue of BodyShop Business (“It Ain’t the 70s Anymore,” plus December 2014, “Forgotten Labor Part II”), I’v...

    S/P2 Partners with Green Garage Challenge to Offer Sustainability Training

    S/P2 has partnered with Green Garage Challenge to provide online training for facilities that participate in the challenge in an effort to promote shop sustainability and expand its course offerings. “This partnership is a win-win for S/P2, Gree...

    Kaeser Publishes New Blog Entry with Tips for Compressor Room Ventilation

    Kaeser Compressors, Inc., has published a new blog entry to company blog Kaeser Talks Shop. www.kaesertalksshop.com. This blog entry gives four key considerations for compressor room ventilation. "Proper compressor room ventilation can help eli...

    Shop Profile: Antibiotics to Auto Body

      Growing up in Flushing, Queens, N.Y., Jahid Habasi was engrossed in the automotive field. His father was a mechanic who wound up opening up his own body shop. But, once he retired, Habasi had to venture off on his own and find his own path. In...

      How They Work: Prep Stations

        We’re headed straight into May with a thunder this year. Right about now, we’re just about to start pulling out our “garage cars,” motorcycles, ATVs and jet skis, and readying our RVs for another great summer. Just the mere thought of firi...

        Technical: The Art of the Refinish

        We all love custom paint work, and it’s typically the custom painter who’s recognized as more talented than the regular painter. Artistically speaking, there’s no question about it. No one can dispute or discount the enormous investment of time...

        Ask the Expert: What Are My Options When an Insurer Denies a Supplement?

          After I write an estimate for a customer, how long should I wait to do a follow-up call? – Question asked by: Ethan West, Mungenast Collision Centers, St. Louis, Mo. Question answered by: Barrett R. Smith, AAM, and president of Auto Damage Exp...

          Health & Safety: Are You Ready for Action

            Snowstorms are in the rearview mirror for most of the country, but there are other weather disasters on the horizon. For example, much of the country is in the midst of tornado season. Wildfires are a reality for many in drought conditions. Hurricane...

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