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Monday, 10 April 2017 21:00

Thieves Caught on Camera as They Break Into Kalihi Body Shop

Written by Jobeth Devera, Reporter, Hawaii News Now

Surveillance cameras captured two suspects breaking into the office of O'sung Auto Body and Paint in Kalihi, HI.

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Originally an amateur drifting racer, now Zenia Amezquita is all-in when it comes to road racing.


Five days a week and sometimes on Saturdays, Zenia Amezquita, 32, works at Cali Style Auto Body in Hemet, CA as the office manager.

Wednesday, 05 April 2017 21:05

Sequim Residents, Businesses Step up to Help out Community

Written by Erin Hawkins, Olympic Peninsula News Group

Jesse Bailey Donated van
Jesse Bailey, an employee at Skunkworks Auto Detailing & Body Repair, volunteered to detail the inside of a donated van that will be used for Olympic Community Actions Programs’ senior nutrition program. (Erin Hawkins/Olympic Peninsula News Group)


Sequim, WA residents and local businesses are stepping up to give back to the community.

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Mike's Auto Body's second in-house graduating class produced four new collision professionals, including Lorenzo Algood, (third from right), whose father Lupe (second from right) is one of the program's instructors.


When Lorenzo Algood recently became the second member of his family to graduate from the Mike's Auto Body Metal Tech Training Program, it made the celebration a family affair.

(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.

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