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Monday, 07 August 2017 21:53

After Hot Rod Crashes, the Owner is Suing Wichita Business for $700,000

Written by Tim Potter, Wichita Eagle

A battle over a valuable hot rod – involving one of the biggest names in the Wichita car world – is being waged in federal court.

Monday, 07 August 2017 18:25

St. Clair County RESA Career Academy to Expand with $20K Grant

Written by Pamela Binsfeld, The Voice

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.

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Friday, 04 August 2017 19:50

CVTC Camp Introduces Girls to Auto Body Repair

Written by RiverTown Newsroom

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.

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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.

Monday, 31 July 2017 21:42

MNCARS: On a Roll

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.

Friday, 14 July 2017 23:11

Ring the Bell - Antique Fire Truck Gets Restored in Time for the UP Firemen’s Tournament in Florence, WI

Written by TERRI CASTELAZ Staff Writer, Iron Mountain Daily News

After almost a century, Florence’s antique fire truck was showing its age.

Friday, 14 July 2017 21:43

Hail Damage from Storm that Insurers Now Call a Catastrophe Could Top $80 Million

Written by Steve Jordon / World-Herald staff writer Omaha World-Herald

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.

Thursday, 13 July 2017 20:08

Springfield Woman Gets Two Years for Embezzling from Auto Body Shop

Written by Staff report, The State Journal - Register

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.

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