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Colors May17 Demo web

Area Developers received demonstrations and hands-on training.


On June 5 to 7, Colors on Parade hosted a training class in Denver, CO for their new CarLove Recon Advantage Program.

WIN Conference 2017 DeVere hiring women web

Jody DeVere’s breakout session addressed the importance and value of employing females in the collision repair industry.


Among the three breakout sessions offered on Tuesday afternoon during WIN's 2017 Educational Conference was "Why Is It So Important to Attract, Hire and Retain Women Employees?" presented by Jody DeVere, CEO of

Friday, 16 June 2017 21:17

Techs of Tomorrow: Student Shares Father’s Passion for Custom Painting

Written by Victoria Antonelli

Destiny spray paint

Destiny Armendariz worked at her father’s custom paint shop before taking auto collision classes in school.


Destiny Armendariz is not your average teenager. Apart from playing football as a middle linebacker at Kingwood Park High School, she will begin her third year of collision and refinishing courses in the fall.

CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts announced the opening of CARSTAR Champions at 13650 Schroeder Rd., in Houston, TX. The new franchise is owned and operated by Kevin and Blanca Williams.

Tuesday, 06 June 2017 23:54

Brighton, CO Fire Rescue Battles Commercial Structure Fire, Several Explosions


Brighton CO Tire Shop Fire

Brighton Fire Rescue battled a fire that consumed a tire shop, sounding off loud pops believed to be tires exploding and sending dark plumes into the sky on June 2, 2017.


Brighton Fire Rescue battled a fire the evening of June 2, that gutted a multi-business building as several explosions kept firefighters from entering the blazing structure. Widespread flames shot high into the sky and a black plume of smoke was visible across the city.

500th Center Caliber Collision

Caliber Collision teammates celebrate the opening of the company’s500th location in Ft. Worth, Texas.


On June 2, Caliber Collision Centers celebrated a major milestone in the company's history with the opening of its 500th location in Ft. Worth, Texas.

Thursday, 01 June 2017 15:56

New Bill Aims to Get More Driverless Cars on TX Roads

Written by PAUL FLAHIVE, Texas Public Radio

lincoln MKZ ranger technology web

A Lincoln MKZ equipped with patented Ranger technology navigates cones at Southwest Research (Photo Credit: LENNON MALDONADO)


A Lincoln MKZ glides easily through a tight figure eight of cones on Southwest Research Institute's San Antonio, TX Campus.

Service King Collision Repair Centers announced on May 23 the organization has officially opened its sixth Colorado location.

Management Success Top 20 Meeting 2017


Management Success held its annual Top 20 Meeting for collision shops May 18-21 at A&J Collision Repair, an 18,000 sq ft auto body repair shop located approximately 30 miles north of Little Rock, AR.

Plano Shop July17Ed John Royer


John Royer, general manager at SheerMetal CARSTAR in Plano, TX, has no qualms admitting that his journey in the collision repair industry has been rather unorthodox, entering the business just four years ago with no experience.

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