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VeriFacts ACE Award Finalists Announced

VeriFacts Automotive announced the finalists for its annual Achievement in Collision Repair Excellence (ACE) Awards, which recognize outstanding quality of work. One award honors individual technicians (the March Taylor Technician ACE Award) and the other honors collision repair centers attaining higher repair quality as measured through the VeriFacts Shop Coaching Program. To qualify for an

Report Finds Estimates Written At Vehicle Are Less Accurate

Estimates written in the office using photos and notes are more accurate than estimates written at the vehicle, according to data from Mitchell International’s Industry Trends Report, a quarterly publication highlighting industry trends, news and statistics. This edition’s Quarterly Feature, “Are Estimates Finalized at the Vehicle More Accurate?” written by Greg Horn, Mitchell’s vice president

Shop Surveillance Offers Customers Peace of Mind

In an era defined by the instant gratification of the Internet, tech-savvy body shop owner Barbara Morgan is getting in the game by giving her customers up-to-the-minute updates on their vehicles’ repairs with the click of a mouse. Morgan installed eight cameras that stream live footage from repair bays and paint booths at Nissen’s CARSTAR

Lincoln Electric Opens New Automation Center

Cleveland, Ohio-based Lincoln Electric, a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic, arc welding systems, fume extraction equipment, plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment, held an open house on Oct. 23 to showcase its new 100,000-square-foot Automation Center.

Shop Owner Hopes to Grab Customers’ Eyes with Ocean Mural

Like a lot of body shop owners today, Sal Sardina has felt the effects of a struggling economy. But he recently came up with an interesting and attention-getting way to improve his shop’s curb appeal and hopefully grab more customers. Sardina, who owns Rolf’s Airport Auto Body in Freedom, Calif., commissioned a local artist to

PPG SEMA Booth to Feature Celebrity Customizers and Designers

Some of the most accomplished custom automotive and motorcycle artists in the nation will appear in the PPG Booth #23093 at the annual SEMA show to be held November 4-7 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. They’ll be there to display their latest work: a series of custom painted surfboards. Each surfboard reflects the artist’s

Pro-Spray Celebrates Grand Opening of New Training Center

Pro-Spray Automotive Finishes, a division of Alco Industries and a leader in European technology solventborne and waterborne refinishing products for the automotive aftermarket, recently celebrated the grand opening of its new technical training center and paint production facility with over 75 customers, industry media and local politicians in Massillon, Ohio.

CCAR Offers EPA Paint Rule Training

The Coordinating Committee For Automotive Repair (CCAR) has added a “Paint Rule” module for its S/P2 e-learning program. The new “Paint Rule” module is now available at no additional cost to users of the S/P2 Collision Repair training. Collision shop subscribers will find the module in the “Pollution Prevention” course. The purpose of the module

CARSTAR Promotes Executive Team, Adds to Sales Force

CARSTAR has promoted Ernie Laky to vice president and Bill Garoutte to assistant vice president in addition to his duties as senior marketing executive. It has also added Greg Dehnke on as senior sales executive. “With 280 domestic stores and growing global opportunities, we have an immense responsibility to guide and lead our franchise business

Allstate Reports $923M Loss for 3Q

Property, casualty and auto insurer Allstate says hefty hurricane-related losses and the ongoing global financial crisis drove the company to a third-quarter loss. Northbrook, Ill.-based Allstate Corp. said Wednesday it lost $923 million, or $1.71 per share, after a profit of $978 million, or $1.70 per share, a year ago. Revenue fell to 7.3 billion

PPG Presenting Waterborne Custom Colors at SEMA

PPG Automotive Refinish will debut waterborne-compliant formulas for its Vibrance Collection line of custom colors and effects at SEMA Nov. 4-7. PPG’s VWM5555 is a midcoat for the Vibrance Collection line that creates a midcoat layer over the waterborne basecoat and allows painters to use Vibrance Collection special effect pigments such as Radiance II dyes,

I-CAR to Adjust, Possibly Eliminate, Canadian Operations

Decreasing participation in training courses and losses in 2007 have prompted I-CAR to consider changing the way I-CAR Canada is operated or pulling out of the country altogether. I-CAR President and CEO John Edelen told a group of repairers at its annual meeting in Canada that it’s “not realistic” to continue operating I-CAR Canada the