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Wednesday, 08 August 2012 16:08

3M Donates Products to Illinois College

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.

Wednesday, 08 August 2012 15:46

Fox Auto Parts Joins Team PRP Network

Fox Auto Parts, based in Belleville, MI has become the latest full-service auto recycler to join the Team PRP network. This brings their current national membership to 113 stores.

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.

Thursday, 19 July 2012 16:26

Minnesota Storm Tears Roof off Body Shop

Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi said the roof came off the Lyle Auto Body Shop around 3:15 a.m. Thursday. The Minnesota Department of Transportation helped clean up the debris.

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Tuesday, 17 July 2012 20:13

Milwaukee Mechanical Shop Burns


wisn.com in Milwaukee is reporting that firefighters are battling a five-alarm at 631 E. Center St., the site of Joe's East Coast Car Shop in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood on July 17.

The Milwaukee Fire Department got the call at 9:17 a.m., and it was still burning at 12:30 p.m. A spokesman said he expected to be at the scene until about 2 p.m.

The business at that address, between Pierce and Booth streets, is a family-owned mechanical shop.

There are also apartments and an art studio above the auto repair shop. Parts of the building have collapsed, the fire department said.

A fire department spokesman said firefighters faced hazardous conditions because of fuel, hydraulics and oil found in the auto repair shop.  There were 125 firefighters at the scene.

The Milwaukee Fire Department told 12 News it was asking for assistance from other communities to help cover Milwaukee fire houses and five other departments helped at the scene.

An employee at a nearby business told 12 News it looked like a big fire, but he didn't think other places are being evacuated. 

Ambulances were seen at the scene, but the fire department said there were no injuries to residents or workers.

Two Milwaukee firefighters were taken to an area hospital for heat exhaustion.