Autobody News - Items filtered by date: September 2011

DuPont Custom Finishes will participate at the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) tradeshow in Las Vegas, NV.

The show will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Nov. 1 - 4.
DuPont Custom Finishes, exhibiting in booth #22789 in Hot Rod Alley, Central Hall, will feature DuPont™ Cromax® Pro, ChromaPremier® and Hot Hues™ custom paint products. Industry airbrush and pinstripe artists will be showcasing their skills with live demonstrations in the booth using DuPont™ Cromax® Pro waterborne products.

Vehicles on display in the booth will include a 2012 DuPont Calendar winning ’61 Chevy Impala, owned by Tim Brown of Jacksonville, FL; a ’71 Challenger owned by Bob and Karon Zeitler and painted by John Riehn of John's Autobody and Paint. Imperial, MO; and a ‘50 Fleetline built by Tim Strange, owner of Strange Motion Rod & Custom Construction and host of PowerBlock TV series Search & Restore. Strange will make appearances to sign autographs in the booth 10a.m. to 12p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2 and 1p.m. to 3p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3.

The SEMA Show takes place at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

In addition, the SEMA Show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more. The SEMA Show is a trade-only event. For additional details about the show, or to register to attend, visit: www.semashow.com.

More information about DuPont Cromax® Pro Waterborne, Hot Hues custom finishes or ChromaPremier® paint products is available by visiting www.pc.dupont.com or by calling 1-800-GET-DUPONT.

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For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit:
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Collision Hub Founder and CEO, Kristen Felder was recently nominated for this year’s Car Care Council Women’s Board “Aftermarket Woman of the Year,” an award that honors women in the aftermarket for their dedication and service to the industry.

The winner will be announced at the 14th Annual Car Care Council Women's Board Reception on November 1; 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada during the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) tradeshow.

“Our Women’s Board ‘Aftermarket Women of the Year’ awards are a way for us to applaud exceptional women in the aftermarket for their dedicated service, as well as to recognize women who are going above and beyond to make a difference in the industry,” said AAA’s Ruth Ehlinger, president of the Car Care Council Women’s Board.

“I have always been passionate about education and supporting women in the industry as a Women’s Industry Network board member, an Akzo Nobel Most Influential Woman and the founder of Collision Hub,” said Felder upon receiving the nomination.

“Collision Hub was created as a safe space for all parties in the automotive industry to come together and collaborate towards transformation and positive change.”

For more information about the Car Care Council Women’s Board, visit women.carcare.org or e-mail womensboard @carcare.org.

For more information about Collision Hub, visit www.collisionhub.com or contact Elizabeth Blackman at Elizabeth@collisionhub.com.

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Golden State Collision Centers will hold their annual Harvest Festival on November 15 from 5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. at the MSO’s Orangevale, CA location.

This mixer will serve to benefit the Twin Lakes and Orangevale Food Banks, as well as providing local businesses an opportunity to network together. The collision center is the beneficiary of the Orangevale Chamber’s $500 ‘Chamber Gives Back’ grant, which will be presented to the food banks, along with all canned and non-perishable food items collected from October 1 through November 15th.

The MSO will be collecting food donations from October 6 through November 15. Simply drop off your food items at Golden State Collision Center’s Orangevale location located at 9439 Greenback Lane, Orangevale, CA. If you are unable to drop off donations, please contact Rebecca Endres at (916) 580-5637 or rendres@goldenstatecollision.com and she can drop by your business to collect your donations.

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Golf is a difficult game, but running a body shop is even harder. So, logically you would think that playing golf would be an easy task for people working in the collision industry. Evidently, it’s not the case.

Golf balls were raining down like sunshine on a beautiful day when the Santa Clara Chapter of the California Autobody Association hosted its 18th Annual Golf Tournament at the Cinnabar Hills Golf Club in San Jose, California in late August. The only problem was—most of the balls were landing in the bushes, on golf paths and in surrounding trees.

With 75 golfers primed to attack this beautiful course overlooking Coyote Canyon, body shop personnel, vendors, industry icons and friends were quickly humbled by the course’s undulating greens, tight fairways and bottomless bunkers. Cinnabar Hills is an award-winning course consisting of 27 holes, but 18 were more than enough for the participants, according to Rob Snow, SCC CAA member and former officer.

“It’s not about the golf, fortunately,” said Snow, who owns Monterey Collision in San Jose. “It’s about hanging out with people you respect and work with. Getting a nice crowd for this tournament is a big deal and maybe it tells us that we’re coming out of this recession and looking for better days.”

Tobias Padilla from Hertz was the main force behind the event. “It was a strong turnout and everyone had a great time,” Padilla said. “We all work very hard in this industry, so when we get a whole day to enjoy a sport like golf, it’s a much-needed break. The people at Cinnabar were great and I want to thank everyone who volunteered their time to make it a big success.”

The biggest Tiger Woods-like moment of the day took place when Young Ko, the owner of KS California Auto Body in San Jose nailed the closest to the pin, when his ball landed less than a foot from the 17th hole. The modest gallery (three squirrels and a pigeon) gasped at the majestic shot and Ko is undoubtedly still talking about it.

Ko’s name also appeared in the victorious foursome that captured the tournament, with Vince Rojas from Annex Color & Supply, associate Jeff Parker and Joe Bugisle from BASF. With a good share of birdies sprinkled in with a passel of pars, this foursome took the title and walked away with the coveted title.

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A new law in NJ (N.J.S.A.39:13-2.1)  amends the insurance coverage requirements for damage to property and for liability arising from bodily injury which an auto body repair facility must maintain for a full service license. The law reduces the minimum amount of garage keepers’ liability insurance that a shop must maintain from $300,000 to $50,000.

Full service licensed auto body facilities must still maintain insurance coverage for damage to property and for liability arising from bodily injury, including, but not limited to: eligible garage liability or equivalent commercial general liability insurance in a minimum amount of $300,000 or a letter of credit in the amount of $300,000; Garage keepers’ liability insurance in a minimum amount of $50,000 or a letter of credit in the amount of $50,000. Limited full service license applicants and licensees must also comply with these requirements.

“This will make the law fair to the shops by not forcing a small shop to purchase more insurance than it needs,” said Charles Bryant of the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey, which proposed and supported the change.

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