Autobody News - Items filtered by date: October 2011

Spies Hecker® is announced October 25 the introduction of Permasolid® Low VOC Clear Coat 8098, a low VOC finish from the Spies Hecker® “2K-Acryl-System.” Easy to apply and buff, this clear coat is designed to deliver excellent results over solventborne and waterborne base coats.

Permasolid® Low VOC Clear Coat 8098 is a reliable choice delivering excellent vertical stability and outstanding gloss. It features very good overspray melt in and can be sprayed in a 1½ coat process or in 2 coats, if desired.  It is specially formulated for small to large body repairs in multiple environments, offering the opportunity to improve results in the spray booth.  Less heat is required and less time is spent in the spray booth, equaling cost and time savings.

“With Permasolid® Low VOC Clear Coat 8098, shops have a 2.1 clear that is friendly to use, easy to spray and buff and offers outstanding gloss for great results,” said Debbie Curry, product manager – North America. 

For more information about Permasolid® Low VOC Clear Coat 8098, visit or call 1-888-371-3313.

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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 Women's Indsutry Network announced on October 24 the location for their 2012 annual conference. The conference is scheduled to take place at the InterContinental Buckhead in Atlanta, GA, May 6-8, 2012.

“We are extremely excited about the selection of Atlanta for our 2012 Conference, as it has always been one of the most frequently requested locations when we asked our members,” said Katie Henwood, DuPont, who serves as WIN’s Conference Committee Co-Chair with Tina Clark, Collision Solutions. “We are working hard to gather an amazing array of speakers and activities for 2012, and we look forward to sharing more details, including a conference brochure, in the near future.”

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The Town Hall meeting on Health Care in the Service Industry was held on-site in Orlando at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Sponsored by the Automotive Service Association (ASA), this event was a platform to discuss healthcare reform and its effects on small-business owners.

The discussion, titled "How Will Healthcare Reform Affect My Business?" examined the impact of healthcare reform in the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and provided an outlook for changes in healthcare laws in the future.

Industry experts Kaitlyn Dwyer, legislative analyst for ASA; and Bob Redding, ASA's Washington, D.C., representative, reviewed the new law's impact on independent automotive repair businesses and possible changes in healthcare laws. Attendees also had the opportunity to ask questions in this interactive presentation.

Panelists for the program included Donna Malvey, Ph.D., University of Central Florida; Terri L. Seefeldt, RHU, Rogers Benefit Group; Jim Houser, Hawthorne Auto Clinic Inc.; and Don Seyfer, Seyfer Automotive.

"At our Town Hall meeting, automotive repairers expressed concern about healthcare costs and the new healthcare law," stated Redding. "Congress is still discussing possible changes in the new healthcare law but it's important to note the administration continues the regulatory process and recently announced the long-term care insurance program known as CLASS, passed as part of last year's healthcare reform law, will not be implemented at this time. The administration indicated that the proposed new program is actuarially unsound."

AUTOBODY NEWS will be running a three part series on Health Care and Small Business starting in our December issue.

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