Local news stories affecting the auto body industry in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin
Gerber Collision & Glass hosted their 5th Annual Peanut Butter Rally in June at locations in Rockford and Loves Park in Illinois. The rally collects peanut butter and cash donations to help the Rock River Valley Pantry feed hungry children throughout the summer months.
In June, Automotive Service Association (ASA) members and related collision industry vendors in the Michigan area were invited by ASA-Michigan to attend a “facts to date” presentation and member discussion regarding the State Farm electronic parts ordering application.
Since then, ASA-Michigan continues to monitor the controversial program. “We have held a couple of roundtable discussions and data is still being collected,” said Ray Fisher, President of the ASA-Michigan group.
Three associations are serving the collision repair industry in Michigan: ASA Michigan, the West Michigan Body Shop Association, and the recently formed Northern Michigan Body Shop Association.
ASA Michigan, affiliated with the Colleyville, Texas-based national Automotive Service Association, comprises 250 members statewide, says its president, Ray Fisher, noting that dues are priced according to regions, with various terms for individual budgets. “Our membership is back to growing after a decade of a tough economy,” he says.
Ernst & Young has given Safelite AutoGlass® President and CEO Tom Feeney the 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year Award in South Central Ohio and Kentucky in the turnaround category. The awards program was created by Ernst & Young in 1986 to honor entrepreneurs whose ingenuity and perseverance have created and sustained successful, growing business ventures.
This year’s honorees were selected from more than 150 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Now in its 26th year, the Entrepreneur of the Year program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries throughout the world. Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year program, which will be announced on Nov. 17, 2012.
Chicago-based collision repair company C.D.E. Collision Damage Experts has purchased a sixth location.
C.D.E. acquired South County Auto Body in Lansing, IL, which has served the Lansing area for more than 35 years.
“South County Auto Body is the premier body shop in Lansing, known for their commitment to a high quality repair and incredible customer service. We are pleased to have their staff members join our team,” said Chuck Freiberg, president and CEO of C.D.E. Collision Damage Experts.
C.D.E. Collision Damage Experts also has locations in Lynwood, Hammond, Crown Point and South Chicago.
“I am very excited about this acquisition and feel this location is a critical part of our growth strategy throughout Chicago-land and Northwest Indiana,” said Chris Cardwell, vice president of operations.
The owner of a repair shop came into work on Friday morning, August 3 to find the bodies of three people who had been shot to death.
The bodies were found at Imperial Auto Sales, an auto body repair shop at 18301 St. Clair Ave. in Cleveland, OH.
The three bodies were identified as Brian Yuravak, 50, Lori Sarli, 48, and Babette Hockenberry, 53, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office said.
Kishwaukee College in Malta, IL, received a number of products for use in its Collision Repair Technology (CRT) program from 3M Corp.
The college has an on-campus shop area that includes a paint bay, tool room, and welding facilities.
The Automotive Service Providers of Illinois (AASPI) released the following statement in late July:
After several weeks’ consideration, the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Illinois (AASPI) Board of Directors has determined that it will stand with AASP National, SCRS, and many other state and regional collision repair associations who now openly oppose the intrusion of yet another insurer-engineered system into the business of collision repair.
PartsTrader has been touted as a mechanism that improves process efficiency while not much has been said by its promoters about profitability. State Farm’s George Avery and PartsTrader make claims of “Win–Win–Win” scenarios for repairers, parts vendors and insurers. Yet, parts vendors and repairers who have been involved point out the added labor to operate within the cumbersome system and the time lost waiting for the bidding process to work actually costs them both time and money.
Automotive Service Association (ASA) members and related collision industry vendors in the Michigan area were recently invited recently by ASA-Michigan, an ASA-affiliated association, to attend a “facts to date” presentation and member discussion centering around the State Farm electronic parts ordering application. The pilot is currently taking place in Grand Rapids, MI.; Charlotte, N.C.; Birmingham, AL.; and Tucson, AZ.
Organized by Ray Fisher, AAM, president of ASA-Michigan, the June 28 meeting was held in Lansing, MI., at the Lansing Community College. ASA-Michigan provided the forum to present the facts to date about the pilot, along with clear statements of concern from both repairers and suppliers in the Michigan area and around the United States.