Items filtered by date: November 2011

A bill to ban texting while driving, amended last week to make it a primary offense, passed the House November 7 and won concurrence in the Senate November 8 by a vote of 45-5. It now awaits the governor’s signature before becoming law, according to The Harrisburg Times Herald.

Gov. Corbett is expected to sign the bill, pending a final review, Gary Miller, a spokesman for the governor’s office, said November 8.

Pennsylvania joins 34 states and the District of Columbia that have banned texting while driving. Of those, 31 enforce the ban as a primary offense, meaning police can pull over a motorist observed texting while driving.

Senate Bill 314 bans reading, writing or sending a text message while driving. A provision to ban hand-held cell phone use for calls was previously stripped from the bill. The bill initially called for texting to be a secondary offense—a motorist could only be ticketed following an accident or if stopped for a primary offense—but an amendment making texting a primary offense, sponsored by state Rep. Josh Shapiro, D-153, passed in the House Oct. 25 by a vote of 128-69. The full bill with the amendment attached passed the next day in the House 164-29. The final House vote on the bill November 7 was a near-unanimous 188-7.

Shapiro, who has sponsored several bills to ban the use of hand-held cell phones, called S.B. 314 “a big win for safety in Pennsylvania.” “After seven years of fighting we finally passed a ban on texting while driving in Pennsylvania and made it a primary offense,” Shapiro said. “This is the strongest bill possible.”

Tuesday, 08 November 2011 20:19

Nevada Appoints Insurance Commissioner

Scott Kipper has returned to his role as Nevada’s insurance commissioner, an appointment that takes effect October 24, according to reports made by Insurance Journal.

Kipper was named to the post by Terry Johnson, Nevada’s director of business and industry. Kipper started his appointment on October 24 and is based in the Insurance Division’s Carson City office.

Kipper replaces former insurance commissioner Brett Barratt, who resigned in August. Kipper’s experience in the insurance industry includes previously serving as Nevada’s insurance commissioner from December 2008 to June 2010. He also served as the deputy commissioner in charge of the Office of Health Insurance for the Louisiana Department of Insurance, and as CEO of the State of Louisiana Office of Group Benefits. He also previously served as the Oregon Insurance Administrator.

Kipper spent two years on the staff of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners in Washington, D.C. as a health analyst.  Most recently he served as the principle of SJKipper Consultants.

“Mr. Kipper joins us at an important time for the Insurance Division as it assists in the implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act at the state-wide level in Nevada,” said Johnson said in a statement. “His diverse experience in the insurance industry will also be integral to the state’s efforts to attract new insurance companies to domicile here as part of our economic diversification efforts.”

Published in WESTERN NEWS
Tuesday, 08 November 2011 20:16

CAWA Installs Officers for the 2012 Year

At its annual meeting to kick off this year’s Industry Week in Las Vegas on October 30, 2011, the California/Nevada/Arizona Automotive Wholesalers Association (CAWA) installed  the following individuals to serve as officers for the 2012 year:

· Chair of the Board – Steve Sharp, WORLDPAC

· Vice Chair of the Board,  -- Ed Jimenez,  Riebe’s Auto Parts

· Treasurer – Ron Cannon, Charleston Auto Parts

· Secretary –  Ron Aparicio, Walker Products

· Immediate Past Chair of the Board – Mary Davis,  NGK Spark Plugs (U.S.A.) , Inc.

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Car enthusiasts and collision repair professionals joined AkzoNobel’s Wanda brand in celebrating the recent US launch of the new Wanda Waterbase® basecoat system during the 2011 SEMA show November 1-4, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Show attendees learned about the new Wanda Waterbase products at the Wanda Refinish booth located in the Racing & Performance area inside the Central Hall. The exhibit featured two Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Camaro concept cars both painted in Wanda with special finishes and styling effects. A live Wanda brand representative was also be on hand to greet visitors and provide valuable information on how the Wanda brand’s simplicity, color and value proposition is shifting performance and compliance into high gear.

“AkzoNobel designed Wanda Waterbase around the brand proposition to meet the needs of the industry’s value segment,” said Mark Rapson, AkzoNobel’s Business Manager of Trade Brands, North America. “We’ve simplified the complexity associated with waterborne systems and coupled it with incredible color match accuracy and application ease all combined to create an unbeatable value.”

The uniquely formulated VOC-compliant system including Low VOC Clear, Low VOC Primer and Waterborne Basecoat, was launched earlier this year in the Canadian collision repair market with great success due to its exceptional ease-of-use, color matching capability, and affordable pricing. With the debut of Wanda Waterbase in the US market this summer, the Wanda brand is ready to celebrate the yearlong achievements in both markets and share those success stories with show goers.

For more information about Wanda Waterbase and the full range of Wanda products and color tools, visit Check out Facebook and Twitter for details and activities about Wanda Waterbase at SEMA.

Published in SEMA 2011

Rotary Lift introduced Shockwave™, a package of patent-pending lift technologies that dramatically accelerate vehicle service speed to provide greater technician productivity and higher shop profitability, at the 2011 AAPEX Show in Las Vegas November 1 through 3.

Shockwave-equipped two-post and SmartLift® inground lifts use DC power to drive the world’s fastest rise/descent times. They also feature an exclusive Spotline™ laser spotting guide to speed up vehicle positioning, and a choice of new superstructures to maximize flexibility.

“When Rotary Lift introduced the Y-Lift™ last year, we promised that it was just the first in a series of faster lifts that would help shops speed up service and make more money,” says Jim Dirksen, vice present of sales and marketing for Rotary Lift’s parent company Vehicle Service Group (VSG). “Shockwave delivers on that promise. We spent two years talking with shop owners, dealers and technicians about their ‘pain points’ with vehicle lifts. Then we created Shockwave to address their common concerns. Recognizing that the lift is a shop’s top money-making tool, we included features that enable Shockwave-equipped lifts to start paying for themselves right away through lower installation and operating costs, and better cycle times.”

Published in SEMA 2011

Some speakers are so popular that a spacious venue is required to accommodate the size of the audience. Such was the case at the SEMA Show, when world-renowned custom vehicle refinisher Charley Hutton gave an exclusive interview and fielded audience questions on the "big stage" of the SEMA North Hall. The event was part of the Repairer Driven Education (RDE) series sponsored by the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) and RDE supporter PPG Automotive Refinish, and filled all available seats leaving standing room only.

The session with Hutton, which took place on Wednesday afternoon, November 2, is another example of the fresh content tailored to the needs and interests of collision repairers that SCRS is making available through RDE. A custom auto refinisher who has regularly appeared on television shows such as American Hot Rod, Rides, and Overhaulin', Hutton has also built a large Internet following thanks to a number of informational videos featuring his eye-catching, always spectacular work.

Despite his celebrity, Hutton has clearly retained his humility and gracious personality which came through in the interview. In fact, Hutton's own collision repair background was a foundation for much of his success, a point he emphasized during his conversation with SCRS Executive Director Aaron Schulenburg in front of a large group of custom refinishing enthusiasts.

"My passion is to build show cars and I'm able to do it because I can capitalize on my experience and ability as a collision repairer," Hutton said. "Though my work has gained a high degree of visibility, I'm just a small town Idaho boy at heart. Collision repairers are car people, no matter who they are. It's something special we all share."

Published in SEMA 2011

The already dynamic atmosphere pervading the Society of Collision Repair Specialists' (SCRS) booth at the 2011 SEMA Show was kicked up a notch with a very special appearance by custom fabricator and TV personality Rich Evans.

In an exclusive interview with SCRS Executive Director Aaron Schulenburg (below), Evans-owner of Rich Evans Designs and Huntington Beach Bodyworks known nationally for his custom hot-rod designs and automotive builds, distinctive custom painting and airbrush techniques and his work on television shows on the SPEED Channel-held forth on a number of topics relevant to collision repairers.

In front of an attentive audience, Evans spoke about his journey from successful collision shop manager to television personality; what it takes to be a successful collision repairer; and his own beginnings in the business, a subject that kicked off the interview.

A third generation repairer literally born and raised in the industry, it all came together for Evans when Dave Popkins, a friend of his father that ran a collision repair facility in Sacramento, California, took him under his wing.

Published in SEMA 2011

Caliber Collision Centers has joined the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s Industry Leadership Circle donor recognition group through a $10,000 donation. This donation will help provide educational support to post-secondary collision students at Universal Technical Institute in Houston and Sacramento this spring.

“We are proud to support collision repair students at Universal Technical Institute in Houston and Sacramento who will become the future leaders of the collision repair industry,” stated Mark Sanders, Caliber Collision Centers Chief Operating Officer. “Through the Collision Repair Education Foundation, we are committed to becoming a leader in supporting collision repair students throughout California, Arizona, Nevada and Texas as we continue to grow into the collision repair provider of choice in every community we serve.”

Collision Repair Education Foundation Executive Director Scott Kruger said, “Thanks to Caliber Collision Centers for supporting the Collision Repair Education Foundation and joining our efforts in supporting collision repair school programs and their students. Through Caliber’s donation, educational opportunities for local collision students will be enhanced. The Industry Leadership Circle donor recognition designation highlights the extraordinary commitment of industry organizations and individuals to investing in the future of the industry. We welcome Caliber Collision Centers to this group of industry leaders.”

Published in INDUSTRY NEWS

SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association, announced on November 1 the winners of the New Products Showcase Awards held at the 2011 SEMA Show. The event recognizes the most cutting-edge automotive products either on the market or about to hit the market. This year, nearly 2,000 new products were submitted for consideration.

Criteria that ranked high on the judges' selection for the New Product Showcase Awards included superiority of innovation, technical achievement, quality and workmanship, consumer appeal and marketability.

The 2011 New Product Award Winners include:

Published in SEMA 2011

The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) has joined with the most prominent collision repair organizations representing the voice of the collision repairer nationally, to issue and sign a joint statement officially recognizing OEM vehicle manufacturer published repair procedures as the industry’s repair standards.

The organizations making the declaration with SCRS include the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers (AASP), Automotive Service Association (ASA), and Assured Performance Network. The statement was presented on Wednesday, November 3, 2011 to those attending the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Their statement reads as follows:

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