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Tuesday, 06 December 2016 17:57

Auto Repair Shops See Spike in Business from Fall Deer Rut

Written by Wes Johnson, The Springfield News-Leader

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Thomas Voorhis and his son Sebastian Voorhis look at his vehicle after it was repaired at Hammer's Autoworks. Voorhis' vehicle was damaged after hitting a deer. (Photo: Andrew Jansen/News-Leader)


The vehicles start arriving this time of year with smashed grilles, broken headlights, dented body panels and shattered windshields.

The St. Louis I-CAR Committee awarded six schools with $25,000 in school grants at the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s annual reception at SEMA.

Monday, 05 December 2016 18:28

Body Shop Employee Held in Contempt for Refusing to Testify Against Gang

Written by Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune

A former auto body shop employee was found in criminal contempt of court and sentenced to 60 days in custody on November 29 by a federal judge for refusing to testify at the trial of six reputed leaders of the violent Hobos street gang.

Thursday, 01 December 2016 22:34

Jake’s Body Shop Opens in Blue Earth, MN

Written by Chuck Hunt, Fairbault County Register

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Left to right are Baldwin, Becky and Greg Jacobs and office manager/bookkeeper Sue Dixson.
Photo Credit: Fairbault County Register


"What goes around, comes around," the saying goes.

Thursday, 01 December 2016 17:24

Fire Causes $750,000 in Damage at Dean's Auto Parts in MN

Written by Brainerd Dispatch

A fire that destroyed Dean's Auto Parts in Baxter, MN on November 18 and sent fireballs into the sky caused $750,000 in damages, Brainerd Fire Chief Tim Holmes said Sunday.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 23:56

Abandoned Junkyard Reaches Final Days of Scavenge

Written by Tanner Cole, The Hawk Eye

At the former site of Putnam’s Auto Body Shop in Burlington, IA, it looks as though someone dug up a graveyard’s worth of cars and left their mangled, rusting bodies to rot in piles.

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Although family-owned and operated since 1983, Tom & Ed's Autobody is rapidly expanding. This year, the company has added three locations. They also have rebuilt their Merrillville location while adding a Boat/RV Repair Division.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016 23:56

Auto Shops See Increase in Deer Collisions

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ST. JOSEPH, Mo.  Local auto body shops are busy this time of year thanks to mother nature.

On November 8, The Boyd Group Inc. announced that it has acquired a multi-store operation (MSO) located in the Detroit, MI region.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016 23:34

Body Shop Owner Sentenced on Drug Charge


Jesse Seifert


A Mankato, MN auto body shop owner who allegedly gave methamphetamine to employees was sentenced Wednesday, November 2 to 104 days in jail for possession of the drug only.

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