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Exhibitor early bird registration and pricing for the 3rd Bi-Annual Indiana Autobody Association Convention and Technology Showcase ends November 30. After November 30, prices increase by $100.

The convention will be held Feb. 22-23 in Indianapolis, IN, and will include speakers, panel discussions and live demonstrations.

The IABA is expecting record-breaking attendance from participants coming from Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Missouri. Attendee registration begins early December.

Exhibitor and key event sponsorship information can be obtained at:

Tuesday, 27 November 2012 22:08

AASP-MN Looks Back on 2012

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota, an association of nearly 640 independently-owned mechanical and collision repair shops and industry suppliers, works to improve the state's automotive service industry and the success of its members' businesses.

In 2012, AASP-MN passed legislation to increase the damage disclosure threshold for salvage title from 70% to 80% to allow for more vehicles to be repaired and fewer to be totaled. Other issues addressed this past year include: sales tax on paint and materials, "Right to Repair," insurer steering, DRP contract provisions for parts procurement, and air quality permits.

A Michigan auto supplier, Continental Structural Plastics, which makes exterior body panels and structural composites components, announced Nov. 13 that it plans to expand its operations in Huntington, IN, creating up to 50 new jobs by 2015.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 21:57

WMBA Elects Officers

The West Michigan Body Shop Association recently elected and welcomed the new 2013 Board of Directors.

Serving as Chairperson is Cheryl Blish, Star Collision Carstar; President Scott Baker, Pfeiffer Collision Centers; Vice-President Tim Jones, Quality Collision Services, Treasurer Diane Rodenhouse, Rodenhouse Body Shop;  and Secretary Heather Odren, Ed Koehn Chevrolet.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 21:52

NMBSA Hosts Repair Advocate Attorney

The Northern Michigan Body Shop Association recently hosted repair advocate attorney Erica Eversman at its annual membership meeting Oct. 26 in Traverse City, MI. The presentation focused on “Parts Procurement” and the impact it will have on the collision industry. According to Eversman, the State Farm parts procurement pilot program has recently expanded and while there have been many associations speaking out against the program, many shop owners are still unaware of the negative consequences.

Approximately 45 collision repairers and vendors heard Eversman describe how the parts procurement process would further affect the repairers’ loss of business control, reduce facility profit margins, and potentially lead to other types of “procurement type processes.” Expansion of this process into other profit centers within a repair facility, such as paint and material, will only further erode shop operations and margins. She explained the future of the industry hinges on what happens now and those who participate in these types of programs have little or no concern for the future of this industry.

In Hermantown, MN, the fire chief’s official car is sporting a new paint job, thanks to Auto Care Collision Center, who donated their services to spiff up the service vehicle.

Fire Chief Mike Marshall had originally contacted Auto Care for a quote for repainting a de-commissioned police vehicle they had received to match the current fire department fleet colors. When owner Dennis Adamski heard it was for the fire department, he decided to donate the service.