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ABAT Cancels 2020 Texas Auto Body Trade Show

The Auto Body Association of Texas (ABAT) announced it has canceled the 2020 Texas Auto Body Trade Show scheduled for Sept. 18-19 in Irving, Texas.

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“We have been closely monitoring the situation and felt that this was the best thing for ABAT, its members, speakers and exhibitors,” said a representative of ABAT. “We are excited to host some smaller regional events in the fall as well as a few educational meetings. And we are already making plans for an exciting show Sept. 17-18, 2021.”

Added ABAT President Burl Richards, “This was a difficult decision to make. We have waited it out until the bitter end holding onto hope that we could make it work. With all factors considered, this is what is best for everyone.”

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ABAT surveyed both attendees and exhibitors to gauge their comfort level with an in-person event.

“The response was split down the middle,” said Jill Tuggle, executive director of ABAT. “Many Texans are ready to venture out with proper precautions taken, but with vendors under tight budgets and corporate travel restrictions, a successful show is not possible. We are looking forward to making 2021 our best year yet.”

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