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Ed Attanasio is an automotive journalist based in San Francisco. Ed enjoys sports of all kinds and is a part time stand-up comedian.


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Tuesday, 18 October 2016 17:49

Portland Body Shop Owner Becomes Homeless Advocate

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From left, Thommy, Steve and John Spinnett run the show at Steve's Imports in Portland, OR, a business Steve started 40 years ago. When he saw homeless people living in a camp near his shop, he decided to take action.


Last month, we ran an article about Steve Spinnett, a Portland body shop owner who became an advocate for local homeless people.  Autobody News reached out to Spinnett to get the full story on his advocacy.


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If you have an old classic neon sign that has been there forever, hang on to it if you can, but neon today is costly and not a green alternative to signage. (Erie-LaSalle Body Shop, Chicago, IL)


I walked into a beautiful reception area at a body shop one day and was immediately impressed.


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In excess of eight feet tall, painting Howard Fried's enormous coffee cup (Derelict #5) was easier to paint than move, according to the crew at Regal Collision in Vallejo, CA


Body shops are adept at painting cars, but they often get asked to paint a wide range of other things such as golf carts, kid's toys, old appliances, statues and in this case, an enormous coffee cup that was displayed at an art gallery in San Francisco, CA by a major nationally-renowned artist.

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From her shop's logo all the way to her TV commercials and social media, Bertolli likes to take a fun approach to marketing.


Some people are born into the body shop business and embrace it while others fight it for a while and then eventually relent.

I was in a large shop recently talking to a couple of technicians and I was impressed by their knowledge and commitment to the industry.

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John Hurd is the Industry Relations Specialist for WyoTech and is currently planning big things for this year's SEMA Show.


John Hurd, 52, is the Industry Relations Specialist for WyoTech. Autobody News recently asked him about his company's three campuses, the curriculum for its collision repair programs, and how the need for qualified people in this industry has grown exponentially over the past five years.

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The annual Kentucky’s Big Brown Truck Pull in Paducah, KY gets sponsors from all over the state, and Randy's Body Shop has been involved since its inception eight years ago.


Randy's Body Shop in Paducah, KY has been in existence since 1982, when Randy Wiersma opened his doors with just five people, including two co-op students from a local trade school. Randy's wife, Dianne, ran the front office, and Randy jokes that his two young sons, Brad and Kyle, were also there as "part-time helpers," with their principal roles being to interrupt production.

This scenario probably happens literally every other minute at body shops all over the country.

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Tom Spencer is an Estimator/Manager at Mathews-Carlsen Body Works in Palo Alto, CA and also a very talented guitarist and song writer.


"Get a second-hand guitar. Chances are you'll go far if you get in with the right bunch of fellows." These are lyrics from an old Bachman Turner Overdrive song ("Taking Care of Business"), and although it's not quite that easy to get into a rock band and make it in the crazy world of music today, it's still a dream for many people.

Sales Manager for FinishMaster Once Painted Air Force One

McKenzie's nine-year stint in the Air Force had him working on a wide range of different military aircraft before getting to paint Airforce One. Here he is during his first year in the Air Force.


Mike McKenzie has more than 23 years of experience working for several paint companies and currently he is a Sales Manager for FinishMaster, overseeing New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. Today, he calls on body shops and supports a sales staff, but his career began in the military, when McKenzie was painting airplanes for nine years while in the Air Force.

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