Mitchell International and CAA join together to give you a unique insider's view into the world of collision information software and development. We invite you to join us and your colleagues at this engaging and enjoyable Open House at Mitchell's Technology Campus in the Scripps Ranch area of San Diego. With personal tours of the famous Mitchell editorial and software development complex, you'll see how enormous amounts of information is turned into state-of-the-art tools for the collision professional. You'll also have plenty of time to meet our experts and talk shop while enjoying food and beverages in a fun setting.
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Painters Supply & Equipment Company (PSE) will be showcasing its new state-of-the art Learning Center as it hosts I-CAR® spokesperson and Past I-CAR Chair, Mr. Chuck Sulkala, in a “Collision Industry Update Forum”.
The Forum will feature a presentation by Chuck that is designed to introduce the “New I-CAR” to collision repair owners and managers in the PSE service area. Chuck plans to review the history of I-CAR, the new I-CAR Professional Development Program™, “Test Out” options and answer any questions related to I-CAR and I-CAR training strategy.
“Technical training is a vital component in the success of today’s collision repair facility” says PSE VP Sales & Marketing Guy Bargnes. “In addition to working with I-CAR to bring training programs to our market, the opportunity to have an I-CAR spokesperson speak directly to shop owners and managers' regarding strategic training issues is a huge value that we are proud to facilitate. It is a primary reason why we established our Learning Center.”
The Choice Autobody Repair Association (CARA) will be holding an association meeting on May 10, 2011 at McCall's Restaurant in Canton, Ohio. Dinner orders will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the restaurant and the meeting will start around 7:30 p.m. in the banquet room.
CARA is affiliated with the Automotive Education and Policy Institute; US Alliance of Collision Professionals; The Society of Collision Repair Specialists; and the Coalition for Collision Repair Excellence.
The purpose of CARA is to promote consumers' awareness of their individual rights when dealing with insurance companies and automotive repair shops, and to promote common business interest of individuals and corporations engaged in the auto body repair industry as well as foster education of both private and industry members.
On May 4, Allstate Insurance Company and Sterling Autobody Centers will put cars and tools in the hands of Las Vegas vocational students so they can use their skills to make a difference for local families. Sterling, through the Collision Repair Education Foundation, will donate more than $10,000 in tools to Southeast Career Technical Academy and the College of Southern Nevada. Along with the tools, Allstate will donate a salvage vehicle to each school for students to repair to "like new" condition. Once the rides are refurbished, the vehicles will be donated to Las Vegas families in need.
The donation to the schools will take place on Wednesday, May 4, 10 a.m., at Sterling Autobody Centers, 3343 North Rancho Drive in Las Vegas.
"Sterling's donation of tools and equipment is an investment in the future of the students at Southeast Career Technical Academy and the College of Southern Nevada," said Nick Notte, president of Sterling Autobody Centers. "Supporting their technical training and seeing them use their skills to provide the gift of transportation to two deserving families is very rewarding."
Notte added, "This is an opportunity to highlight the Collision Repair Education Foundation and the National Auto Body Council (NABC), organizations that both Allstate and Sterling support. Our partnership with Family Promise helps us with that giving. Sterling hopes to employ many of the students who will benefit from our gift."
The two Las Vegas vehicles are part of Allstate's commitment to donate a total of 60 refurbished automobiles to the NABC Recycled Rides Program. Sterling Autobody locations around the country will be refurbishing more than 30 cars. The recycled rides will then be given to families or non-profit organizations at multiple events later this year.
"Our participation in the Recycled Rides Program is an extension of Allstate's commitment to serve the communities in which we do business," said Bill Daly, Allstate Claims vice president. "It is an honor for us to be able to provide reliable transportation and help families across the country get to their jobs, doctor's appointments or other places they couldn't go without a ride."
Terry Lindemann, Executive Director of Family Promise and champion of the Recycled Rides Program will be on hand for the presentation, along with the recipient families.
The International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) says it will be one of the sponsors of the International Bodyshop Industry Symposium (IBIS), scheduled for May 16-18 in Barcelona, Spain. NACE, the flagship event of Automotive Service & Repair Week (ASRW), is co-located with the Congress of Automotive Repair & Service (CARS) and is scheduled for Oct. 6-8 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.
IBIS, founded in 2001 by Bodyshop Magazine, has become firmly established as a leading global conference for collision industry leaders, thinkers and influencers and annually attracts approximately 300 of the collision industry's executives, who gather to identify and address the challenges currently facing the industry. The theme for IBIS 2011 - 20/20 Vision, encapsulates the symposium's purpose of providing informed insights into the issues that will be driving the market between now and the end of the decade.
"NACE and IBIS share many common goals of uniting the collision industry, which makes this new partnership a logical next step in the evolution of both events," said Ron Pyle, ASA president and chief staff executive. "We value the key international audience and opportunities an event like IBIS provides, and ASRW is pleased to be included as an official partner among an elite group of the collision industry."
As a sponsor, NACE receives international visibility and marketing exposure among IBIS attendees, publishing partners and other sponsors. Additionally, NACE plans to hold a press conference on-site at the event.
Ron Nagy, president and owner of Nagy’s Collision Center, will serve as the event chairman for the International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE); and Mitch Schneider, owner and operator of Schneider’s Automotive, will return for a second term as the event chairman for the Congress of Automotive Repair & Service (CARS).
Each chairman is responsible for representing his segment of the industry and its respective show during Automotive Service & Repair Week (ASRW), which, is scheduled Oct. 6-8 (with an education conference beginning Wednesday, Oct. 5) at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.
Nagy replaces Jerry Burns who has concluded a two-year term as NACE chairman from 2009-2010. His diligent service the past two years is sincerely appreciated by the ASA and ASRW staff.
ASA has announced that the NACE-CARS event will be held in Orlando, Oct. 6 - 8th this year. The location will be the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando.
Expo: Oct. 6-8 (Thursday - Saturday)
Conference: Oct. 5-8 (Wednesday - Saturday)
Orange County Convention Center | Orlando, FL
ASA President Ron Pyle announced that the event will move forward by ten days from the originally planned dates of Oct 16-19 in Las Vegas.
NACE has been held in Las Vegas since 2003. In the years prior to 2004, the expo had been on a schedule that hosted the show in different cities throughout the country and that rotation will be reinstated.
Goliath Carts, LLC, a provider of workflow and efficiency solutions to the Collision Repair industry, received Best New Product of the Year award at this year’s NACE show for their Goliath G1 Cart. The G1 Cart is the collision industries first rugged powered mobile workstation system that allows shops and insurance companies to have a fully functional computer workstation with power for the entire day where it is needed most. Being lean is about eliminating waste and the Goliath G1 cart accomplishes this by eliminating steps to and from offices and printers! As a result your employees are more productive, accurate and efficient!
The Goliath Carts G1 cart is equipped with large pneumatic wheels, 12 volt batteries, a DC/AC inverter, and charging system. Add your laptop computer and a printer along with all of your peripheral supplies and you now have mobile desk! With up to 4 days of run time on a single charge, the rugged G1 cart is build from the ground up for the tasks and environment of the collision repair industry. The small footprint of the Goliath Carts G1 cart allows you to move anywhere and use all of the applications all day long in what was traditionally out of reach of computer equipment.
Collision industry meetings held in Las Vegas in November centered around significant changes in the estimating systems, the development of formal industry standards, and related industry issues.
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The meetings were held in conjunction with the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) tradeshow in Las Vegas, a massive automotive aftermarket event that in recent years has been working to attract more exhibitors and attendees from the collision repair industry. During the previous six years, the International Autobody Congress and Exposition (NACE) was also held in Las Vegas the same week as SEMA, but NACE organizers moved that event several weeks earlier this year because of competition from SEMA.
The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) said its first-time partnership with SEMA this year was successful and that the association will will again participate in the event next November. Although only about 125 people attended the first-ever SCRS-sponsored classes at the event, SEMA attracted about 115,000 people overall, up about 20 percent from last year. The “Paint, Body and Equipment” section of the show included more than 120 exhibiting companies, with many other companies that sell to the collision repair industry—including most of the major paint companies and many automakers—exhibiting elsewhere among the 9,000 booths and 2 million square feet of SEMA exhibit space.
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Showcasing paints from its Glasurit® and R-M® automotive refinish systems, BASF exhibited the finest automotive finish lines in the world at this year’s SEMA Show, including the North American launch of its Glasurit Classic Car Colors collection.
On Tuesday Nov. 2, BASF hosted the unveiling of the latest Ringbrothers masterpiece, Dragon, the highly anticipated 1970 Mach I Mustang restoration. BASF also featured two other not-to-be-missed cars at its SEMA booth: the Foose-designed “Magnatude,” owned by Jerry and
Maureen Magnuson; and the “Mercedes Bent” owned by Richard Mott and built by Hot Rods & Custom Stuff.
Chip Foose, nationally known television personality, automotive designer and owner of Foose Design, was also on hand to promote his Foose Signature Line of BASF Colors and to sign autographs on Wednesday, Nov. 3.
In addition, BASF featured information regarding its collision repair industry value added services and tools: VisionPlus Business Solutions; VisionPlus Online Dashboard; and the best color matching tools in the industry.
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