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During the Automotive Recyclers Association’s (ARA) 71st Annual Convention and Exposition in Nashville, TN on October 22 through 25, the Iowa Automotive Recyclers Association (IAR) was named ARA’s “2014 Affiliate Chapter of the Year,” an award meant to honor an affiliated chapter of ARA that, through their service and work on behalf of their members and the association as a whole, has demonstrated exceptional dedication to the professional automotive recycling industry.

Saturday, 06 December 2014 00:00

ASA-Midwest Hosts Wage and Hour Audit Seminars

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In November, the Automotive Service Association of the Midwest (ASA-Midwest) held seminars for two chapters entitled, “Are YOU Prepared for a Wage and Hour Audit?” (because it is difficult to understand the Federal Wage and Hour Law) and “ASA-Midwest tries to put a bi-annual focus on this issue.”

Thursday, 04 December 2014 00:00

CARA Held Estimating Seminar on October 25

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On Saturday, October 25, the Choice Autobody Repair Association (CARA) held an educational meeting for their Southwestern Michigan chapter at the Firekeepers Casino in Battle Creek, MI. Designed for shop owners, managers, estimators, paint and materials manufacturers and suppliers, and OEM parts manufacturers and suppliers, the seminar featured three guest presenters who educated attendees on blueprinting practices and the importance of proper documentation.

Many body shop owners are content with making a decent profit, while others are willing to work toward bettering the collision industry in their state. Jerald Stiele, president of the AASP-MN and the owner of Hopkins Auto Body in Hopkins, MN, fits into the latter category. Stiele, 40, is a third-generation body shop owner, who takes pride in offering full and mechanical collision repair.

Wednesday, 03 September 2014 00:00

AASP-MN on Track to Break Membership Record

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The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) is on track to break its all-time high membership record this year. Currently, the association consists of 717 members, including collision repair facilities, mechanical shops and industry suppliers. Though AASP-MN primarily serves the entire state of MN, Executive Director Judell Anderson explains that they also “offer an out-of-state membership at a reduced rate and have members in communities bordering MN in Wisconsin and South Dakota.”

R. Scott Weiser, 58, is the lobbyist for the Iowa Collision Repair Association (ICRA) and works closely with the organization’s Executive Director Janet Chaney to act on behalf of its members throughout the state.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014 21:07

ASA-Midwest—Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

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On Tuesday, June 10, the Springfield Chapter of ASA-Midwest held their Annual Industry Night at the Ballpark with over 30 association members and their families visiting Hammons Field to root for the Springfield Cardinals.

Kevin Walli has been the lobbyist for the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers (AASP-MN) for the past 20 years. He is a shareholder in the law firm of Fryberger, Buchanan, Smith and Frederick in St. Paul, MN. We got in touch recently to discuss the recent history of legislation that has impacted the collision industry in Minnesota in the past five years.

Monday, 28 April 2014 18:39

AASP-MN Anti-Mandate Bill Hits Roadblock

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The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) legislative proposal—which would have prohibited insurers from specifying or requiring that a repair shop use “specific vendors, distributors, manufacturers, suppliers, business platforms, or internal processes in order to carryout vehicle repairs for an insured or claimant”—was not given a hearing in either the House or Senate Commerce Committee during the 2014 Minnesota Legislative Session.

On Monday, February 10, 2014, the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Missouri (AASP-MO) hosted a State of the Collision Industry Report and PartsTrader meeting, presented by collision industry expert Mike Anderson, to help attendees plan how to handle the PartsTrader mandate.

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