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(From left) Javier Valencia, a campus admissions representative from UTI, with James Lobaton, Alan Aldana and Jorge Grajeda


The headquarters at Pro Spot International in Carlsbad, CA, was busier than usual in March when the company hosted a Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) career fair.

Monday, 20 March 2017 22:11

Lobbyist Jack Molodanof Updates CAA on Labor Rate Surveys, Laws

Written by Victoria Antonelli

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CAA lobbyist Jack Molodanof was the featured speaker at the CAA meeting March 2 in Pasadena.


On March 2, California Autobody Association (CAA) lobbyist Jack Molodanof addressed a packed room of industry members gathered at the Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena.

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There are more than 52 employees at the award-winning collision center

Lexus Toyota Carlsbad Collision Center in greater San Diego recently received the prestigious Lexus, Toyota certified shop of the year award.

This month, National AutoBody Research (NABR) will launch a new version of its labor rate survey, specifically tailored to the standardized labor rate survey format defined by the California Department of Insurance (CDI) in their new, recently implemented Auto Body Labor Rate Survey regulations.

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More than 300 people celebrated the Grand Opening of RGI Spray Booth Company's new 60,000 sq. ft. facility in Tracy, CA on Feb. 11.


On February 11, RGI Spray Booth Company opened its second location in Tracy, CA at a Grand Opening that was attended by 300 body shop professionals, product distributors, assorted vendors and guests.

Tuesday, 07 March 2017 17:54

Non-Traditional Path Is Tradition for Female Auto Body Student

Written by Bates Technical College

Demry In Shop


For Technical High School student Demry Polum, working in a male-dominated environment doesn’t intimidate her. In fact, it’s in her blood.

Service King Collision Repair Centers® has announced that the company has completed a partnership with Gene Townsend Auto Body and Paint, located in the greater San Diego metro area.

Thursday, 02 March 2017 23:35

Auto Body Hawaii Hosts High School Senior Essay Contest

Written by Big Island Now

Auto Body Hawaii is holding its 6th annual Essay Contest for high school seniors.

Monterey County District Attorney Dean D. Flippo recently announced that on February 22, defendant Antonio Arias, age 47, of Salinas, pled guilty to a felony charge of auto insurance fraud and defendant Martin Lopez, age 49, of Salinas pled guilty to a felony charge of auto insurance fraud and a misdemeanor violation of worker’s compensation insurance fraud.

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Matthew McDonnell, owner of Big Sky Collision Center


Body shops across the country watched with interest as the world’s largest publically-traded property and casualty insurer announced it would pay for pre- and post-repair scans on vehicles 1990 and newer. 

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