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Midwest Auto Body Trade Show Adds Industry Issues Luncheon

Luncheon will focus on insurance-mandated parts procurement programs and legislation requesting a study on DRPs.


The Iowa Collision Repair Association (ICRA) announced that the Midwest Auto Body Trade Show has added an industry issues luncheon titled, "There Is No Free Lunch," that will kick off the show.

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This luncheon, which will be held on March 28 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa, will address insurance-mandated parts procurement programs and the proposed Iowa Senate Bill 42, which is requesting an interim study on DRPs. Iowa Senator Brad Zaun, who introduced the bill, and ICRA lobbyist Scott Weiser will speak at the luncheon. The parts procurement discussion will include insurance representatives, collision repairers and parts managers.

After the luncheon, the trade show will open at 2 p.m. and run till 7 p.m. Space has been added to facilitate more than 60 vendor booths this year. Product demonstrations and educational classes will be held on the stage in the same room as the trade show. The educational sessions will cover such topics as:


• Social media
• OSHA hazard communication/global harmonization rule
• Plastic repair

Show specials, gift certificates, special
attendee show discounts and door prizes will again be offered at the show. Also, new car models will be on the floor for attendees
to preview. 

“The grassroots approach with our members and vendors has proven to be a tremendous success for this industry event,” says John Arnold, vice president of ICRA and owner of Arnold’s Body Shop, Davenport.  

Added Mark Martin of Ankeny Auto Body, “This is a very dynamic show, and with everyone in the room for the entire event, it creates a great atmosphere for all the participants. We all look forward to coming back."


"This is a great venue for our industry to get together and learn more
about what we do,” said Dale Wilgenbusch, ICRA president and co-owner of
Avalon Body Shop in Rickardsville. "There is always so much to gain at one of these events.”  

More information:

The luncheon costs $25. Click HERE to sign up. Contact Janey Chaney at (480) 720-2565 with any questions. 

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