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As many repairers already know, California is playing by new rules. The state’s new VOC regulations are requiring the changeover from solvent based to waterborne paints in more and more counties. BASF wants shops to get a head start on the transition. Prior to the September 20th Santa Clara CAATrade Faire, BASF is hosting a free seminar to explain the new VOC regs and their impact on autobody businesses that will be converting in the near future..
    Do not miss this clinic taking place one hour before the September 20 Trade Faire from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Willow Room at the San Jose Holiday Inn, 1740 N. First Street @ Highway 101, San Jose. For more information, call Janet Chaney, 480-720-2565.
    Victor A. Douglas from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District will provide a brief summary of the status of Regulation 8 Rule 45 and developing amendments.
    BASF Environment Health and Safety Product Steward Tom Laginess will address government regulations, customer readiness and waterborne technology.

Not lying idle during the dog days of summer, the Collision Repair Association of California (CRA) has added three board members with over 100 combined years of collision repair experience in Central and Southern California.

Friday, 31 August 2007 17:00

New Ed Sessions Spotlight NACE

The first-ever Women’s Professional Development (WPD) Track will debut at the 25th annual International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE). This specialized track will feature four brand-new sessions to further develop the skills and careers of women who are directly or indirectly involved in the collision repair and automotive service industries. 

Chicago Pneumatic, a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of innovative aftermarket tools, accessories and compressors, has signed a three-year partnership agreement with hot rod designer and TV personality Rich Evans. 

Friday, 31 August 2007 17:00

TX AG, Allstate Claim Victory on HB 1131

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and Allstate Insurance Company are each claiming partial victory as the U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, New Orleans, has affirmed the District Court ruling in the case of Allstate Insurance Co., et al., Appellants-Appellees vs. Greg Abbott, Etc., et al., vs. Automotive Service Association, et al. 

Collision repair shops regularly decry the practice by some insurers of denigrating one shop in order to influence a consumer to select a shop in that insurer’s direct repair program (DRP). But could that DRP shop be found to be engaged in an unfair trade practice based on that insurer’s behavior?