Local news stories affecting the auto body industry in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin
“I honestly didn’t expect to win,” said Joel Hartstack, May 2017 Southwestern Community College (SWCC in Creston, IA) auto collision repair and refinish graduate.
A battle over a valuable hot rod – involving one of the biggest names in the Wichita car world – is being waged in federal court.
St. Clair County RESA’s Career Academy in Marysville, MI, received a $20,000 grant from the Community Foundation of St. Clair County’s James C. Acheson Fund to expand its summer program that caters to high school students at risk of dropping out.
Leann Rafferty has dreams of her artwork decorating the bodies of cars and vans, but realizes she first has to learn more about repairing and finishing the bodies of motor vehicles. Now, the 2016 Gilman High School graduate is the only female in the Auto Collision Repair and Refinish program at Chippewa Valley Technical College.
Service King Collision Repair Centers®, with the help of its local Chicago teammates, recently presented a donation in the amount of $45,700 to Angels on Assignment as part of the company’s ongoing Service King Cares initiative. Angels on Assignment is a local nonprofit organization based in Crete, IL, supporting families facing serious medical issues by providing financial assistance, transportation and sponsoring “Fun Days” to provide emotional support.
Minnesota Careers in Auto Repair and Service (MNCARS) is a nonprofit organization established in 2016 by the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN). Its sole purpose is to promote careers in the automotive industry, recruit young people into the state's college-level automotive service and collision repair programs and, ultimately, into industry workplaces. Now 18 months into the initiative, MNCARS is pleased to report progress on a number of fronts.
Dick Seitz (Class of ’61) and his Cathedral High School buddies were at Mama’s Pizza on Saddle Creek Road [in Omaha, NE] on the evening of June 29, telling stories of the old days, when they heard what sounded like firecrackers outside. The noise actually came from hailstones, some as big as 4 inches in diameter.
An amendment proposed for the Ohio budget legislation would exempt insurers from providing notice to customers when non-OEM parts are used in a repair. If enacted, the repair shop would be held responsible for notifying the customer. As most auto insurers’ policies require the use of non-OEM or used parts during the repair of the vehicle, this measure would place the unfair burden of enforcing the insurer’s provisos on the repairer.
A 54-year-old Springfield, IL woman has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison for embezzling in excess of $500,000 from a Springfield auto repair business where she worked, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.
In the southeastern part of Wisconsin, Griffin Automotive Group prides itself on being a one-stop shop for customers. The company currently operates four car dealerships, runs a collision center facility and service department at each location and recently expanded its parts warehouse to 80,000 square feet.
Grand Rapids, MI (July 10, 2017) -- CARSTAR 76 Collision in Grand Rapids, MI teamed up with the Frontline Bible Church Youth Group to hold a Car Wash Fundraiser on June 10. The money raised helped a youth group in Malawi, Africa.
MUSKEGON, MI. - Customers of a Muskegon auto body shop are being asked to give the state a call following allegations of a lapsed registration.
In response to members' requests, the Women's Industry Network (WIN®) hosted its first three regional events in Southern California, Chicago, IL and Atlanta, GA, on June 13 and 14.