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Monday, 16 December 2019 17:40

In Reverse: The 1980s – The Formation of the SCRS

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At the dawn of the 1980s, the collision repair industry was going through some fundamental changes with the advent of business computers, cars with unibody construction, advances in paint technology, repair technology and the introduction of aftermarket parts.

It wasn’t long ago when businesses looking for new employees put an ad in the newspaper hoping for a response.

I often talk about the need to look ahead, but in recent weeks, I found myself reflecting.

Monday, 02 December 2019 22:23

In Reverse: The 1980s – The Advent of the Unibody

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The 1970s were quickly fading into the rear-view mirror and the 1980s were approaching with alarming speed.

Over the last several years, the collision repair industry has undergone tremendous change and continues to do so, said John Shoemaker, business development manager at BASF Automotive Refinishing North America.

From the start of the “modern” collision shop in the late 1940s up through the 1970s, body shops, as a business, were fairly crude by most standards.

The need for vehicle seat calibrations isn’t new. Many years ago, Will Latuff of Latuff Brothers Auto Body in Minnesota forwarded me information pertaining to a seat calibration needed on a Honda.

If you’re a pot grower, the last thing you want to do is get busted on Marijuana Eradication Day.

Many collision repairers are familiar with the process improvement methodologies such as Lean, Theory of Constraints and Six Sigma.

Many of us have been on diets over the years.

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