Bob Zelano (Florida), Lupe Hererra (Texas), Peter Vann (Southern California) and Steven Dike (Missouri) will present the three-hour “Introduction to Nitrogen Plastic Welding” course right in shops for up to three technicians. Each technician gets hands-on training with five common bumper repair scenarios, including on thermoset polyurethane, a.k.a. the “yellow plastic.”
Zelano, a native of Cranston, Rhode Island, has 39 years of experience in the collision repair industry as a combo body/paint tech, estimator, manager, insurance adjuster and re-inspector claims manager (17 years with Allstate). He’s currently with Filterworks USA as director of operations for Car-O-Liner and collision repair products in Southeast Florida. He has been an I-CAR instructor since 1998, teaching all live programs and hands-on certification welding tests for steel and aluminum.
Hererra, owner of CCC Supply in Abilene, Texas, is a distributor for Chief Automotive and specializes in collision shop equipment sales. He will be able to deliver training to shops in central and west Texas at their request.
Vann is an Orange County native with more than 30 years of experience in the collision repair industry as a metal technician, shop manager, estimator, insurance adjuster, consultant and equipment salesman.
Dike is the owner of Elite PDR in St Louis. With nearly 20 years of experience in the automotive industry in auto glass repair, paint touch-up and detailing, Dike found his calling in 1998 in paintless dent removal and continues to service the greater St. Louis area.
In business since 1981, Urethane Supply Company has focused exclusively on plastic repair and refinishing products, including airless and hot-nitrogen welders. Technician training on the nitrogen plastic welding system has been a recent challenge for the company, and this I-CAR Industry Training Alliance initiative is a big part of the company’s efforts to meet the demand. The company is actively seeking other instructors across the country to deliver this new course in shops. Contact Kurt Lammon at (800) 633-3047 with any questions or inquiries.