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The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) announced the addition of its newest affiliate association, the Alliance of Auto Service Providers of Pennsylvania (AASP-PA).
Based in Harrisburg, Pa., AASP-PA is a collision repair association with chapters across the state. The group is aligned with, as are a number of other SCRS affiliates, the national Alliance of Automotive Service Providers (AASP).
AASP-PA consists of three divisions: collision repair, mechanical and towing. The collision repair division gravitated toward SCRS as part of its ongoing efforts to find ways to add value to membership, as well as being driven by their mandate to forge strategic alliances to strengthen the industry.
"SCRS has a national point of view containing many useful insights into the issues affecting collision repairers, and they have a record of being very active on behalf of the industry," said AASP-PA Executive Director Jerry Schantz. "Our decision to affiliate was based on the fact that our two organizations are looking for the same changes to help our collision members and make our profession stronger. By working more closely with SCRS it will be easier for our members to stay in touch with what’s happening in the industry, which in turn will help them adapt to what’s coming down the road."
AASP-PA is a longstanding institution in the state of Pennsylvania, with roots dating back to the mid-1950s.
"Their collective experience, historical perspective and influence are characteristics we can certainly leverage to the benefit of our members," says SCRS Chairman Barry Dorn. "In addition, our partnership will help us extend the voice, size and scope of the industry in the areas they serve."
"AASP-PA is a leader in local legislative representation for our industry and is very adept at securing technical and other important training for its members, so we are looking forward to sharing thoughts and ideas with them," said SCRS Executive Director Aaron Schulenburg. "They will also provide us an opportunity to solidify our already strong relationship with AASP National. It is a pleasure to welcome them aboard."