At NACE, the Collision Repair Instructors Network (CRIN) and the I-CAR Education Foundation presented the 2007 Instructor of the Year award to Jim Friedel, a collision repair instructor from Sussex Technical High School in Georgetown, Delaware. Friedel received an expense-paid trip to NACE 2007 where he was recognized for this achievement and honored with a plaque during the annual CRIN meeting.
The I-CAR Education Foundation, in conjunction with Akzo Nobel Coatings, Inc. and The Most Influential Women of the Collision Repair Industry, awarded scholarships to assist in the education and advancement in the collision industry to eight young women.
Fifty years ago today, when tailfins defined the cutting edge of automotive styling and a handful of import auto companies struggled to sell 83,000 units, Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. began marketing quality cars and trucks in the United States.
The Automobile Club of Southern California fired a manager in its collision repair section and began an internal investigation into the matter three weeks ago, another sign of the controversy that has enveloped the insurance industry's directed repair programs.