Autobody News - Items filtered by date: September 2011

Chief Automotive Technologies has donated a new frame rack valued at $50,000 to the Operation Comfort Automotivation program for wounded U.S. military service members. Chief distributor English Collision Equipment, Inc. installed the rack at no charge.

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“We are honored to have the opportunity to help these wounded warriors recover from the injuries they sustained while defending and protecting our country,” explains Mike Cranfill, vice president of collision for Chief’s parent company, Vehicle Service Group (VSG). “It is our hope that this equipment will aid in their rehabilitation and perhaps even ignite an interest in joining the collision repair industry once they are discharged.”

Operation Comfort is a non-profit, philanthropic organization focused on helping service members from all branches of the U.S. military who were wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq and are rehabilitating at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) in San Antonio, Texas. Depending on the severity of their injuries, these men and women will stay at BAMC from one to four years or longer.

Operation Comfort provides financial assistance to service members and their families, helps refurbish and equip waiting rooms at the medical center, and offers a number of rehabilitative and therapeutic programs in non-clinical environments. These programs include hand cycling, sled ice hockey, amputee surfing, softball, river rafting and Automotivation.

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CARSTAR Locations Expand in Texas, Washington, Missouri and New Mexico

More than 250 CARSTAR Stores around the Country

This spring and summer, seven independent collision centers around the country joined CARSTAR Auto Body Repair, which now has approximately 400 stores in the United States and Canada.

The new CARSTAR franchisees expect to benefit from the CARSTAR Management System, which provides resources to improve key business metrics such as cycle time, participation in CARSTAR’s 17 corporately managed DRP programs, and improved purchasing power from 44 corporately managed purchasing programs.

The seven newest members of the CARSTAR Nation include:
· Premier Collision CARSTAR in Tacoma, WA
· Bailey's CARSTAR Auto Body & Glass in Poplar Bluff, MO
· Miller's CARSTAR Collision in Houston, TX
· CARSTAR Collision Pros in San Antonio, TX
· ProCare CARSTAR Northeast in San Antonio, TX
· ProCare CARSTAR Southside in San Antonio, TX
· Galles CARSTAR Collision Repair in Albuquerque, NM

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The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) has often trumpeted the word "opportunity" as a descriptor for the collision repair industry's purpose at the SEMA Show, and in that spirit SCRS has announced that Sam Malatesta, CEO of ClaimsCorp International, has taken over the responsibility of delivering the aptly titled "Dealing With Resistance to Change" seminar on Nov. 4 at 12:30 pm.

Malatesta is the founder and CEO of ClaimsCorp International, a software and services company focused on leading the right changes in the Auto Claims Economy.  He previously was a co-founder and senior vice president of North America's first national collision repair chain.  During his career in the automotive and insurance industry, Malatesta pioneered various "collaborative innovation" business models that have proven to add value to all stakeholders in the value chain; collision repair entrepreneurs, their employees, insurers, and other key members of the supply chain.

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GARMAT USA announced the winners of their 2011 Sharp Shooter Contest on October 21. The contest which started in early September, was designed to recognize quality paint techs and shop owners that use Garmat equipment. Judging was based on the shop owner and paint tech's dedication to providing quality paint jobs, superior customer service, attention to safety and overall equipment knowledge. Additional questions included an inquiry on how Garmat could improve their Garmat experience with product improvements.

The Grand Prize Winner, Art Smith won a trip for two to SEMA 2011, he said this will be the first time he has ever been to SEMA, and he is excited to attend. His story can be found on the Garmat Facebook page. In addition to the grand prize 7 finalists received leather jackets for both the tech and body shop owner and every entrant was awarded a Garmat Sharp Shooter cap.

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BASF Automotive Refinish Solutions announced October 21 that it will exhibit world-class customized cars and the very latest in waterborne and custom color technology in booth 21458 at the 2011 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, Nov. 1-4, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This year, BASF is showcasing its Glasurit® and R-M® waterborne paint systems on the vehicles of the world class and internationally known builders who use them.

Chip Foose, television personality, automotive designer and owner of Foose Design, will be on hand to unveil the 1957 Mercedes 300SL “Gullwing,” that he has re-styled for BASF, on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 3:10 p.m. Chip will also launch 12 new Foose Signature Colors he designed for BASF and sign autographs Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 9 – 10:30 a.m. and from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

On Tuesday Nov. 1, at 3 p.m., BASF will host the unveiling of the latest Ringbrothers masterpiece, Diversion, the highly anticipated 1970 Camaro restoration, painted in BASF’s Glasurit 90-Line waterborne system. Unveiling the Diversion for the Ringbrothers will be Bill Goldberg, former WCW and WWE Wrestler and host of the DIY Network television show, Garage Mahal. Ringbrothers will also make an appearance in BASF’s booth Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 2 – 4 p.m.

BASF is featuring two not-to-be-missed Mustangs in its SEMA booth this year: the Darryl Gwynn Mustang built by West Coast Customs and featured in the Sept. 11, 2011 episode of the television show, Inside West Coast Customs; and the first ever Richard Petty Signature Series Mustang built by Petty’s Garage. Both of these vehicles are painted with BASF’s R-M Onyx HD™ waterborne system. Be sure to stop by BASF’s booth to see these amazing cars and to meet the people who built them. Ryan Friedlinghaus, owner and CEO of West Coast Customs and star of Inside West Coast Customs, will make an appearance in BASF’s booth Thursday, Nov. 3 from 2 – 3 p.m. Richard Petty will also be stopping by the BASF booth to say hello and shake hands.

BASF is also promoting the North American launch of its R-M Carizzma Waterborne colors at this year’s show. In addition, BASF will have experts on hand to talk with customers about its collision repair industry value added services and tools: VisionPlus Business Solutions; VisionPlus Online Dashboard; and the best color matching tools in the industry.

Be sure to visit BASF Automotive Refinish Solutions in the Racing and Performance area of SEMA 2010, booth 21458.

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