Items filtered by date: April 2012

The Women’s Industry Network (WIN) welcomes Jessica Voss-Kehl, Senior Product Development Supervisor, 3M and Melissa Perez, District Sales Manager, FinishMaster Inc. as the newest Directors to its Board.

Published in INDUSTRY NEWS

OEConnection LLC, the parts e-commerce technology leader for OEM distribution networks, announced today that it has been chosen by Volkswagen of America, Inc. (VWoA) to support their ongoing Collision Programs.   Under the agreement, dedicated resources from OEConnection will conduct field visits to thousands of collision repair facilities and hundreds of Volkswagen dealers throughout the U.S. to promote the VW Genuine Advantage Parts Program.  OEConnection field consultants will educate and train Volkswagen dealers and their wholesale body shop accounts on CollisionLink®, the online parts ordering and fulfillment solution from OEConnection, which was selected by VWoA in 2010 to automate its discount parts program and help VW dealers compete with aftermarket parts suppliers.

Published in INDUSTRY NEWS
Monday, 30 April 2012 22:27

Keenan Auto Body Jingle Contest

In a press release on February 17, Mike LeVasseur, President and COO of Keenan Auto Body, announced that the company would turn to their Facebook community of nearly 2400 to aid them in coming up with a jingle for part of their advertising campaign.  Though a production company has produced Keenan’s commercials for the past six years, Marketing Director Craig Camacho said “we felt this year was the year of change,” noting “we know there is a lot of talent out there” in reference to their large Facebook community.

Published in INDUSTRY NEWS

In the Federal Register this week, OSHA published its final rule aligning its Hazard Communication (HazCom) Standard with the Global Harmonization System for Classifying and Labeling Chemicals (GHS). The rule, known as HazCom 2012 or the workers’ “Right-to-Understand” rule, substantially changes OSHA’s current standard and affects over 40 million employees at more than 5 million facilities nationwide. Employers must train all employees on the new HazCom standard before December 1, 2013.

Published in INDUSTRY NEWS

LKQ Corp., the largest provider of aftermarket and recycled collision replacement parts and refurbished collision replacement products in the nation, has announced what it describes as "the strongest warranty protection in the aftermarket category."

Effective immediately, LKQ says it will indemnify licensed auto repair shops against injury or damage caused by a defective aftermarket vehicle replacement product distributed by LKQ. LKQ says its "Promise of Protection" is unique in the auto parts industry offering unparalleled product liability indemnification.

Published in INDUSTRY NEWS
Monday, 30 April 2012 22:14

GI - Think Like a Mechanic

After high school I made the choice to join the Marine Corps.  It was a big step for a young guy who really didn’t have a direction, nor thought about the future.  So, off I went to boot camp.  I’ll admit it was tough, it was physically demanding and very mentally challenging.  But, I did very well, got a lot of good marks and even a couple of special awards.

One of the biggest surprises was when my platoon  was on the “mess and maintenance” week.  I was  assigned to the commandant’s headquarters building.  I was to shine all the brass, wax the floors, and  general building maintenance.  One day the Sargent  in charge said it was time to mow the grass.  He sent  me and two other recruits out with scissors to clip  the lawn in front of the headquarters building. Really, I’m not kidding…scissors, and I’m not talking  about a large pair of scissors, no… more like the kind you'd find in any home office or school desk.

Published in Gonzo Weaver
Monday, 30 April 2012 22:11


By Tom Franklin

Last year, as summer approached, I wrote an article about holding an event in the summer to bring in new business. I was pleased recently to learn of an event put on by a shop in my area. "POWER BABES," a professional womens' networking group in the vicinity of the shop, meets regularly to explore and discuss issues of interest and importance to the members. The location of the meeting is different each time, and often held at a place of business of interest to the members. The marketing lady at the host shop learned of this group of about forty women and invited them to hold their next meeting at the shop.

Published in Tom Franklin

The White House recently announced a new $14.2 million effort at the Department of Energy to accelerate the development of new high-tech materials for vehicles that will help reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil and pollution. The announcement specifically named carbon fiber composites and advanced steels and alloys as targets for the funding.

Published in INDUSTRY NEWS
Monday, 30 April 2012 21:58

Bill (S1460)

In response to a bill (S 1460) introduced in California in late February and regulations among 28 states addressing aftermarket part warranty in disclosure statements, Diamond Standard Parts says its Limited Lifetime Warranty from the Diamond Standard Brand and its associated manufacturers group, Reflexxion Automotive and Production Bumper Stampings clearly exceeds the service parts warranty on OEM structural bumper components, stepbumper assemblies and face plates, and replacement hoods. The company says the warranty on all of its new parts exceeds the warranty offered by the OEMs, who typically offer coverage for 12 months or 12,000 miles from the date of installation or purchase.

Published in INDUSTRY NEWS announced today that, a parts e-commerce platform, is now available for free to collision repair facilities in the United States and Canada. creates a marketplace where collision repair facilities can list parts they have on hand for sale or trade to other collision repair facilities or publish a parts wish list. Parts suppliers or other collision repair facilities can view shops’ wish lists and submit offers via email directly to the repairer from for the listed parts.

Published in INDUSTRY NEWS
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