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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.


Friday, 30 November 2007 17:00

Allstate Adopts Open Platform

Allstate is moving forward with an “open platform” concept for repair facilities in its Priority Repair Option (PRO) program. A pilot of the application is slated to launch in early 2008.


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.

Monday, 03 December 2007 11:59

Employers Must Pay for Protective Equipment

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ruled that employers must pay the cost of providing personal protective equipment needed to protect workers from job-related injuries, reports the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA).
Friday, 30 November 2007 17:00

FOX Collision Center Letter to the Industry

My name is Todd Fox. I am 43 years old and the president of FOX Collision Centers, Inc. I operate 18 auto collision repair facilities and satellites that serve a four state area. Our annual sales top $28 million. I have been in the collision repair business since I was barely eleven years old, when I swept floors in my parents’ body shop. I witnessed the “Cowboy and Indian Days” when body shop owners and insurance personnel were adversarial, rude, and, at times, eager to cheat each other out of anything and everything.