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Montana Collision Repairers Discuss Parts Procurement at Spring Meeting

Approximately 105 repairers also got updates on state legislation as well as key issues affecting industry.

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(Left to right) Barry Reddick, Collision Pro, Helena, Mont.; Matt Thornton, Parks Royal Body Works, Boise, Idaho; Ron Fuller, Whitehall Body Shop, Whitehall, Mont.; and Rick Booth of Rick’s Auto Body in Missoula, Mont., participated in a roundtable discussion at the March 3 MCRS meeting.The Montana Collision Repair Specialists (MCRS) announced a successful spring meeting on Saturday, March 3 in the state capital of Helena that saw 105 attendees show up to network and learn about parts procurement and the latest state legislative initiatives. Repairers from the Idaho Autobody Craftsmen Association and Utah, Colorado and Florida were also in attendance, as were dealership parts managers and counterpeople.

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The highlight of the day was a seminar titled, "Parts Procurement – Best Practices." It was presented by well-known industry speaker and consultant Mike Anderson, whose opening words were, "We will thrive – not just survive.” Anderson documented the changes and challenges in today’s marketplace and offered solutions to repairers to "be the best in your area."    

Anderson also facilitated a roundtable discussion at the MCRS meeting luncheon that consisted of eight Montana shop owners pondering Anderson’s question of, “What’s keeping you up at night?"

Finally, MCRS lobbyist Drew Geiger brought the industry up to date on the Montana state legislature activities at an interactive breakfast meeting, highlighting current legislation that might affect the industry.   

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