The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) announced that Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) is its newest corporate member.
MBUSA’s interest in becoming a SCRS corporate member was heightened at the International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) 2009 during informal conversations with a number of SCRS members, including SCRS Chairman Gary Wano and Joe Skurka, manager, OEM & industry relations at BASF Corporation, itself a SCRS corporate member.
“SCRS attracted our attention because they hold the same expansive view of the industry that we do,” said Stephen Langelotti, department manager of after sales business development for MBUSA. “We consider our customer base to be not only the vehicle owner, but the different sectors that make up the collision industry repairers, insurers, suppliers and any other related trade. SCRS has a track record of working together with all industry segments to form a consensus and create positive outcomes. By participating as a corporate member, we hope to gain a keener understanding of the market and the issues facing it. This will help us better address the needs of our mutual customers.”
Wano, a member of the collision repair advisory board of MBUSA, says he has seen the advantages of working closely with a vehicle manufacturer.
“MBUSA’s support of SCRS will reap any number of benefits for our members, especially in regard to the repair and servicing of Mercedes-Benz vehicles,” he said. “The valuable insight they bring to the table regarding safe and efficient repair procedures will contribute to the expertise of SCRS professionals with the ultimate beneficiary being the vehicle owner.”
The SCRS Corporate Membership Program, founded in 1993, partners SCRS and key corporations serving the collision industry that have an interest in expanding the services of the Society in order to improve the industry. Only corporate members can advertise on the SCRS Web site, on which they are listed with a link to their own company’s Web site. The company name of corporate members appears on the SCRS letterhead and in quarterly member mailings.
For more information, visit www.scrs.com.