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Thursday, 28 September 2017 18:18

Auto Body Shop Owner and Wife Aid Hurricane Victims

Written by Lisa Esquivel Long, The News-Sentinel

As U.S. citizens struggle in Puerto Rico after the most recent devastating hurricane, more Fort Wayne and area churches and groups are continuing to help survivors of earlier Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Monday, 25 September 2017 23:49

Items Reported Stolen from Vehicle at Fenton, MO-Area Auto Body Shop

Written by Kevin Carbery, My Leader Paper

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a reported theft of dozens of mechanics’ tools from a customer’s vehicle while it was at a Fenton-area auto body shop. 

Friday, 22 September 2017 22:55

Kentucky Attorney General Warns of Issues with 'Rebuilt' Cars

Written by Chad Hedrick, WSAZ News Channel 3

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning consumers of the potential for cars flooded by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma to make their way to the Bluegrass State and be resold as "rebuilt" cars.

Thursday, 21 September 2017 23:00

Class Actions: Abra Auto Body, Crunch Fitness in IL Didn't Properly Collect Employee, Customer Fingerprints

Written by Jonathan Bilyk, Cook County Record

Two more business groups---a chain of auto body repair shops and a group of fitness clubs---have been added to the growing list of shops being sued under an Illinois law governing how businesses are supposed to handle the collection and use of employees’ and customers’ fingerprints and other so-called biometric information.

Thursday, 21 September 2017 21:57

Maaco Opens New Location in Ankeny, IA

Maaco has opened a new location in Ankeny, IA, to serve the Des Moines region. It is the second location in the marketplace. 

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 15:46

Sun Prairie, WI, Man Gets 2 Years in Prison for Auto Body Theft, Fraud

Written by Jonathan Stefonek, Portage Daily Register

A Sun Prairie, WI, man was sentenced to prison for theft and fraud after a December 2016 arrest for doing illegal auto body work.

CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts, North America’s largest Multi-Shop Operator Network of independently owned collision repair facilities, announced the opening of CARSTAR Fabel West at 1991 Prospect Court, Appleton, WI 54914 and a second satellite location, CARSTAR Fabel of Waupaca, located at N. 3303 Grand Seasons Dr., Waucapa, WI, 54981.  The CARSTAR locations are owned by Scott Fabel.

Friday, 15 September 2017 22:28

U.S. Navy Vet: Gift Puts Him on Road to Opportunity in Chaska, MN

Written by Unsie Zuege, Southwest News Media

Justin Griego had a car---a 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix. But then it started acting up, becoming much less reliable for him, his fiancee Chelsea Decker, and their young son.

Some second-generation body shop owners take over their family's business and make it better. Lefler Collision and Glass is one prime example of exactly that. 

Thursday, 14 September 2017 16:00

An Island in Wrigleyville, IL

Written by Mauricio Peña, Chicago Magazine

Walking through Wrigleyville, IL, lately, you’re just as likely to skirt around scaffolding as you are to dodge a drunken fan. The Resendiz family is used to the latter and acclimating to the former: They’ve owned and operated Luis’s Auto Repair for more than 50 years and seen plenty of changes to the neighborhood. 

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