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Three CEI Group Inc. (CEI) appraisers have completed a one-day review of aluminum repairs on the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck at Ford’s corporate campus outside Detroit, CEI announced on April 22.

Greg Neuman, CEI’s senior manager of quality control, attended the session in Dearborn, Michigan, with two of his appraisers, Guy Marchesani and Vance Tshudy, both of whom have extensive prior hands-on repair shop experience in aluminum repairs.

Synchrony Financial, a consumer financial services company with 80 years of retail experience, announced on April 27 the winners of its Engage with Car Pros Contest, conducted by its CarCareONESM credit card program. The contest recognizes automotive repair shop owners who have gone above and beyond to deliver exceptional service.

The North Dakota Auto Body Association (NDABA), founded in the fall of 1983, announced its affiliation with the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) on April 14.

In its formative stages, the NDABA was established to address industry issues and pave the road ahead for member businesses.

MotoFuze, powered by FuzeCast, announced its newest partnership in the automotive industry with Paul Miller Auto Group of Lexington, Ky. Paul Miller Ford-Mazda signed as a client on-site at the 18th Digital Dealer Conference and Exposition held in Tampa, Fla., April 21-23, 2015.

“MotoFuze allows us to re-engage our employees, improve our internal communication and share our community involvement and dealership events with our loyal Facebook fans,” said J.P. Miller, President and General Manager of the Paul Miller Auto Group. “Any dealership that wants to take charge of their brand and maximize their social exposure needs to check out FuzeCast."

Paul Miller Ford-Mazda employs over 300 staff and has been an important part of the Lexington community since 1953.

“Building relationships with dealers that understand and embrace new technology and understand the power it has to build their brand is what #StrongerTogether is all about,” said MotoFuze Chief Executive Officer, Mike Dullea.

MotoFuze chose the 18th Digital Dealer Conference to launch the newest addition to its Customer Experience Management platform, the FuzeCast Mobile App. Dealers were able to view the app with personalized demonstrations from the booth where MotoFuze was an exhibitor at the show.

What started as a part time hobby has become a full time business for rural New Trier residents Sheryl and Larry Westerhouse.

Larry started working in his own shop a couple years ago, he said. At first, he just redid old cars, bringing them into driving condition, freshening up their looks and selling them at a reasonable price to people who just wanted a nice ride.

Supporters of Auto Beauty Specialists urged the Webster Groves City Council on April 21 to do what it can to keep the long-time business in the city. The business, located at 216 W. Lockwood, may be forced to move if a 1994 St. Louis County Circuit Court consent settlement agreement is not extended next year.