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Erie LaSalle Body Shop was established in Chicago, Illinois, in 1934.


In 1934, Ivan Goodmonson established Erie LaSalle Body Shop in Chicago, Illinois.

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Mid-Plains Community College Automotive Technology instructor Bryan Herrick and MPCC Auto Body Technology instructor Don Wilson pull the cover off a 1965 Chevrolet Impala on June 12 at North Platte Buick GMC. The Impala is the college’s 13th raffle car. 


The 2017 Mid-Plains Community College raffle car is a 1965 Chevrolet Impala.

Friday, 02 June 2017 18:11

ATC Auto Body Program Ends; Machine Tools Stays

Written by Christy Howell-Hoots, The Ledger Independent

ATC Auto Body Program

In this April 2016 file photo, Mason County Area Technology Center students and instructor Daniel Thomas gather around thier project, a 1940 Ford that they rebuilt and converted to a 'Rat Rod' in their auto body class. (Photo Credit: Terry Prather, The Ledger Independent)


The auto body mechanic program at the Mason County Area Technology Center in Maysville, KY will be shelved for the next school year, while the machine tools program will continue.

Thursday, 01 June 2017 17:46

Local Auto Shops Help Repair Teen's Vandalized Car

Written by Sydney Kern, KDLT

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SIOUX FALLS, SD – Multiple businesses in the Sioux Empire are coming to a teen’s aid after his car was significantly vandalized.

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Waubonsee Community College auto body student, Melanie Thomas, has placed first three times in regional SkillsUSA competitions.


Melanie Thomas decided her senior year that she was going to take every automotive course offered at Marengo High School in Illinois.

House Bill April17 Matt Pierce
House Representative Matt Pierce, D-Bloomington.


After an Indiana parts-related bill failed to receive a committee hearing by the legislative deadline, body shops and other interested parties across the state are being encouraged to get involved and contact their state representatives.

Friday, 12 May 2017 17:30

Paint Toner Donation to Help Iowa Lakes Student Learning

Written by Dickinson County News

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Rob Schultz, assistant professor in the Auto Collision Repair & Paint Technology Program at Iowa Lakes, showed what a layer of toner looks like before any additional layers are added. A large piece of this vehicle was removed and replaced before a student began the painting process.


A shiny topcoat just isn’t enough for the students and teachers in the auto collision repair and paint Technology Program at Iowa Lakes Community College — they know that what’s below the sparkle counts too.

Paul Struhar of CARSTAR Centerline in Strongsville, Ohio celebrated his 25th anniversary as a bodyshop owner in April.

Thursday, 11 May 2017 22:36

Former Owner of Local Body Shop Pleads No Contest

Written by Bradley Massman, Huron Daily Tribune Staff Writer

The former owner of Russ’s Body Shop in Bad Axe, MI has pleaded no contest to charges stemming from illegal operations that occurred within the business last year.

Friday, 05 May 2017 17:46

Baby Born at OH Body Shop During Storm

Written by Rick Stillion, GateHouse Ohio Media

A fast-moving storm likely played a role in a baby being born on May 1st at a well-known garage in Salesville, OH.

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