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
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.
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.
ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a leading national vehicle repair company, announced the opening of its 42nd franchise repair center and the first in the state of Indiana.
The new ABRA repair center is located on the site of McGonigal Buick GMC Cadillac at 1220 East Blvd. in Kokomo, Indiana about an hour north of Indianapolis.
The move is part of the company’s overall plan to accelerate growth in the months and years ahead and increases the total number of ABRA repair centers to 124 in 13 states.