At the Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA) Awards Ceremonies held in Indianapolis, Mike O’Neal, president of Reflexxion Automotive and Diamond Standard, was honored when his companies were named recipients of the Presidential Award. The award is bestowed by the president of the ABPA to the company selected as the outstanding Member Company of ABPA that in the past year by word and action enriched the industry contributing to the Cause of the Membership.
According to ABPA President Delores Richardson, “There was no doubt in my mind as to which company was most deserving of this honor.” O’Neal’s companies, especially Diamond Standard, were specifically designated for its work in bringing forth an industry standard measuring the quality of structural rebars in February 2010. Diamond Standard protocols have also been developed for front steel bumpers, high density foam energy absorbers, full assembly stepbumper systems and bumper brackets. The events surrounding NACE and the CIC meeting in January showed the glaring need within the industry for a quality standard for structural parts.
“The copyrighted Diamond Standard parts protocols/standards anticipated and answer the
industry’s need for clarity with quality tested parts based on the manufacturer replicating the original OEM part safety and damageability characteristics from material to crashworthiness performance,” said Geoff Crane, business development manager of Diamond Standard.
With the NSF, International Automotive Parts Certification Program in place and Diamond Standard parts being the first manufacturer parts certified, insurers and body shops have an assurance of quality alternative parts to OEM that are consumer friendly, tested and cost effective.
“To receive the highest award extended by the Automotive Body Parts Association is an honor that validates the single minded purpose of Diamond Standard to not only provide the best parts available but to seek the elimination of dual quality offerings in the structural parts industry. To follow the previous respected leaders of the alternative parts industry in accepting this recognition is truly a special event in our mission,” said O’Neal.