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ASA Michigan hosted on Sept. 5 an exclusive collision member webinar titled Where’s the Work?—Identifying Market Changes from 2007–2011.

“A couple of months ago we hosted a very informative meeting about the State Farm PartsTrader pilot program and realized that an important piece of information was missing for our members—market share and complaint ratios of the various insurance companies here in Michigan,” stated Ray Fisher, President of ASA Michigan.

“As this new business model is being piloted, we knew that State Farm was the largest insurer in Michigan for auto insurance, but we could not inform our membership exactly by what volume nor did we know where the other carriers have placed, so we immediately worked with reports from the State of Michigan, Office of Finance and Insurance Regulations (OFIR) and created this very informative and well received webinar addressing those questions,” Fisher said.

Thursday, 20 September 2012 16:45

The Collision Associations Serving Ohio Shops

by David M. Brown

In Ohio collision-repair facilities and vendors are represented by two associations: the Choice Autobody Repair Association and ASA-Ohio.

In 2005, CARA, a nonprofit collision repair association, was formed in Cadiz in eastern Ohio. CARA represents approximately 50 body shops in various cities throughout the state. Members include former members from the disbanded Ohio Collision Repair Association and the Ohio Bodyshop Owners Association.

“There were five shop owners who felt it was necessary to help educate consumers on their rights concerning collision repairs, which led to the formation of CARA,” says Rick Finney, president of the association and owner of Finney Automotive Inc. and Finney Tire LLC, both in Cadiz.

A longtime Bloomington, IL, auto body shop has broken ground on a new $1 million facility.

Bob Zook Auto Body expects to move into its new facility at 411 Detroit Drive, Bloomington, by April, said company President Bryan Caldwell. Business will continue at its current location, 413 E. Stewart St., Bloomington, until the new building is complete.

“We are excited by the growth and opportunities the new facility will bring,” said Caldwell, who has worked for the company for nearly three decades.

The new 12,750-square-foot building, next to the Palace Cinemas, will allow the shop to expand its services. A new mechanical department will handle suspension and wheel repairs and alignments related to collisions, said Caldwell.

Monday, 10 September 2012 22:28

Fire Destroys Firefighter's Auto Shop

A fire destroyed an auto shop in Maple, WI, owned by one of the city's fire fighters.

Maple Fire Chief Michael Lundeen says the fire fighters responded around 10:30 p.m. When they arrived on scene, they found half of the building engulfed in flames.

The chief says it took about 20 minutes to get the fire under control.

Nagy’s Collision Specialists has expanded to seven locations in Ohio with the addition of collision repair facility, Doug Chevrolet in Akron.

“We're very excited for this partnership with Doug Chevrolet and moving into the Summit County area,” said Ron Nagy, president of Nagy's.

BASF  announced that Karen Broccardo has joined the Automotive Refinish Business group as Distribution Services Manager. She will be located in Southfield, MI. 

According to Chuck Soeder, Vice President, Automotive Refinish and Industrial Coatings Solutions, Broccardo will be responsible for sales forecasting, sales compensation administration, ColorSource Distribution administration, Customer Relationship Management Tools, and sales history and data administration.

Prior to joining BASF, she was the Sales Operations Specialist for Ricardo in Van Buren Township, MI, where she was responsible for all sales forecasting in the U.S. and was part of the global SAP implementation team.

Broccardo has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.