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1HomePageMap small mw 0816Local news stories affecting the auto body industry in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin

The office manager and bookkeeper for First Choice Auto Body was recently arraigned in the 97th District Court in L’Anse, MI. Cindy Wadaga, 45, of Baraga, MI, is charged with embezzlement of $20,000 or more but less than $50,000, a 10-year felony. Charges were brought by Wadaga’s employer, Will Ross, owner of First Choice Auto Body. According to Ross, she worked for the company as office manager and bookkeeper from June 2009 through June 2011. Wadaga was released on a $5,000 bond. She was also ordered not to enter First Choice Auto Body.

Wadaga, who is also treasurer for the village of Baraga and treasurer of the Baraga Area Schools Boosters, had a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 23. The charges are unrelated to the village and booster club.

“There was nothing to indicate anything inappropriate took place,” said Roy Kemppainen, Baraga village manager.

Collision Revision, a multi–shop operator in the Chicago area with 29 locations, announced that key members of the management team of have placed a bid to acquire the assets and stock of the company held by the company’s founder, Roger A. D’Orazio, Jr.

Collision Revision says it’s the seventh largest collision repair operator in the United States and the largest privately-held without any outside equity partners.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012 16:00

Two Illinois Body Shops Join 1Collision Network

1Collision, a Midwest chain of independent collision repair shops, will add two Illinois shops to its network. Wheel-Inn Body & Motor Works in Wheeling and Heights Body & Motor Works1 in Prospect Heights join 1Collision network.

The grand opening of Heights Body & Motor Works1, owned by Joe Pascucci, was held Sept. 26 at its new location at 871 E. Palatine Rd. in Prospect Heights. In addition to Heights Body & Motor Works1, Pascucci and his staff have operated Wheel-Inn Body & Motor Works for the past 30 years.

According to 1Collision Network, Heights Body & Motor Works1 is a modern, state-of-the-art facility featuring the latest technology in collision repair, an expert staff of trained professionals and a comfortable customer area with all the amenities.

“Our expert staff is proud and enthused to be serving the collision repair needs of our friends and neighbors in Prospect Heights and the surrounding communities,” said Pascucci.

More than 125 collision repairers attended two Automotive Service Association (ASA) meetings in Ohio to discuss concerns about State Farm’s parts procurement pilot program through PartsTrader.

The meetings were held in Cleveland on Sept. 18 and in Cincinnati on Sept. 19. The meetings were open to everyone in the collision repair industry at no cost.

Denise Caspersen, manager of ASA’s collision division, presented the elements of the pilot to date, reviewed industry concerns, and collected any additional questions, concerns and suggestions from attendees.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012 15:55

Wisconsin Shop Joins CARSTAR Network

Gillette’s CARSTAR Collision Center in Waukesha, WI, recently joined the CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts network of collision repair centers.

Gillette’s, which has been in business since 1996, will remain independently owned by Todd and Kathy Gillette.

The shop now has access to CARSTAR’s proprietary management system, 19 corporately managed direct repair programs and 45 corporately managed purchasing programs.

“We are very pleased to welcome Todd and Kathy and their crew at Gillette’s to the CARSTAR Nation,” said David Byers, CEO of CARSTAR. “As with all of our store owners, we look forward to helping build their business; getting local car owners back on the road with fast, reliable collision repairs; and giving back to the community at the same time.”

CARSTAR now operates 13 collision repair facilities in Wisconsin, and more than 410 locations throughout 31 U.S. states and 10 Canadian provinces.

The Indiana Auto Body Association is the state’s only organization serving collision repairers.

The Hoosier State has had collision-repair associations for some time, beginning with the Independent Garage Owners of Indiana in the 1970s. Following that, the state had affiliate associations with national groups such as the Automotive Service Association and the Alliance of Automotive Service Professionals. The last of these disbanded in the mid ‘90s.