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Tuesday, 31 July 2007 17:00

DOI thwarts skewed labor rate surveys

In what the Collision Repair Association of California (CRA) calls “a major win for repairers, the Department of Insurance has put in writing conditions intended to prevent insurers from using skewed labor rates surveys to underpay the cost of collision repairs. Specifically, Gary Cohen, former DOI general counsel at the time, in a June 2007 letter to Gene Crozat, owner of G&C Autobody and president of CRA, held that an insurer survey, regardless of how it is conducted, “does not create the presumption that these surveys accurately reflect the prevailing rates charged by auto body repair shops in a specific geographic area.”

Arizona’s Gila Watershed Partnership has been awarded two separate grants to address the problem of abandoned vehicles in Graham County according to Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Director Steve Owens.

A position statement on the “feather, fill and block” procedure presented by the Automotive Service Association (ASA) Refinish Subcommittee has been approved by the board of directors. The subcommittee drafted the text under the direction of chairman Dan Stander, Jerry Stander’s Collision Works, Littleton, Colorado.

Assured Performance Network, a non-profit consumer advocacy organization and body shop cooperative (co-op), has grown to approximately 3,000 Qualified Members, and over 1,200 Member shops participating in the co-op buying group. Collectively, this network of shops performs nearly $10 billion dollars in repairs with buying power of nearly $5 billion. There is  now at least one Qualified Collision Care location within 15 minutes of at least 95% of the entire U.S. population.
Former general manager of Akzo Nobel’s Functional Chemicals business, Dutch-born Jo Lennartz will become the company’s new Director of Technology, effective September 1.

Akzo Nobel’s Automotive Plastic Coatings (APC) site at Garcia in Nuevo León, Mexico  received the coveted State Quality Award (Premio Nuevo León a la Calidad) after an exhaustive year-long audit and judging process which put the company’s management systems through a demanding series of tests and reviews. The highly prestigious award is in recognition of the facility’s continued commitment to operational excellence