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
CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts has added Superior CARSTAR Paint and Body Shop in Tipp City, OH, to its network. Owned by Greg Arnett, Superior CARSTAR Paint and Body Shop is located at 125 W. Broadway and has been serving the region since 1980. They specialize in paint and body restoration on American and foreign cars, trucks and vans.
“By teaming up with CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts, we are able to acquire new resources that allow us to improve our customer service, cycle times and relationships with insurance companies,” said Arnett, owner of Superior CARSTAR Paint and Body Shop. “And, all the while still keeping our hometown characteristics.”
The CARSTAR Management System provides stores resources to improve key business metrics such as cycle time, participation in CARSTAR’s 19 corporately managed DRP programs, and improved purchasing power from 45 corporately managed purchasing programs.
“We are excited to have Greg Arnett join the CARSTAR network,” said David Byers, CEO of CARSTAR.
Michigan’s governor recently signed off on Senate Bill (SB) 61 and 62, effectively striking down most favored nation (MFN) clauses by health care corporations and insurers in the state.
Though the legislation did not address property and casualty insurers, the Automotive Service Association says this is good news for automotive repairers.
MFN clauses appear in a number of agreements offered by major national insurance companies and allow insurance companies to negotiate that they get the absolute best price available on services.
Indianapolis firefighters are investigating a fire that broke out the afternoon of April 14 at Deluxe Auto Shop, 2301 E. 38th St, Indianapolis, which had recently closed.
Crews were called to the area of 38th Street and Hillside Avenue shortly before 2:30 p.m. to the fire at the former auto body shop. They arrived and found heavy black smoke pouring out of the building.
The shop closed down a few weeks ago and the shop's former employees were cleaning when they noticed the fire. Fire crews said the former paint and auto body shop had just closed on the first of the month.
Lt Larry Tracy, from Indianapolis Fire Department said, "They were cleaning it out. They did have a paint booth inside the building but it was inactive and they were in the process of tearing it out as well."
The fire spread to the roof. Crews had a hard time getting to the flames, but were able to break through a wall and gain access to the roof.
Firefighters were able to get the fire under control. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation, however it does not appear to be suspicious at this time.
There were no injuries reported.
ABRA Auto Body & Glass announced the acquisition of all five Hubler Express Collision repair centers in Indianapolis, Indiana and the surrounding area. The new ABRA centers are located in the Indiana cities of Greenwood, Indianapolis, Carmel, Fishers, and Plainfield.
Paul’s Quality Collision in Monroe Charter Township, MI, was recently awarded “Small Business of the Year” by the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce. Owners are Paul and Tammi Van Aken.
The award acknowledges businesses that epitomize entrepreneurship and community service.
The business was founded in 1982 and initially called Paul’s Body Shop and located on W. 7th Street. The shop moved to its present location on S. Telegraph Rd. in 1991. It operated as a franchise called Paul’s CARSTAR Collision from 1992-2006 until the shop left the CARSTAR organization and began operating as Paul’s Quality Collision.
The business prides itself on teamwork and emphasis on quality work and customer service.
Tami serves as office manager and one of their children, Ryan, serves as production manager. The business employs 12 people.
The company's community involvement includes sponsoring area recreation teams and discourages testing and driving by sponsoring programs in schools and distributing t-shirts that say, ‘Plz dnt txt n drive.’
Church Brothers Collision Repair in Indianapolis, IN, held their annual pet food drive to benefit the dogs and cats sheltered by Indianapolis Animal Care & Control. The pet food drive collected over 3,400 pounds of food and topped last year’s results by more than 1,000 pounds.
Former Detroit City Council member Monica Conyers is working at an auto body shop while serving the remainder of her federal prison sentence for corruption.
The wife of U.S. Rep. John Conyers now works for Metrotech Collision in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood, according to owner Sam Hussein.
Team PRP’s nationwide network of independent automobile recyclers expanded with its newest member, Westwood Auto Parts, located in Toledo, OH.
The addition of Westwood brings the partnership total of Team PRP to 133 members.
Brothers Gary and Zale Reinstein founded and opened Westwood Auto Parts in 1977. With the intention of developing a used auto parts facility that offered readily available parts in stock, operating more like a new parts store, the brothers purchased a 150,000-square-foot abandoned foundry building on 19 acres of property and later expanded to 21 acres.
“Taking Control of Your Future” was the motto of the 2013 Bi-Annual Convention and Technology Exhibition sponsored by the Indiana Auto Body Association in Indianapolis, February 22–23. This two-day convention was a solid mix of collision repair technology, education and industry issues.
The freezing rain that hit Indianapolis the night before didn’t slow down this show one bit, although Mike Anderson, who was scheduled to open the show Friday morning, got trapped in Toronto by the storm. IABA Executive Director and manager of the Convention, Tony Passwater, took over and gave the event a great start.
Driver’s licenses for some young immigrants who came to the United States illegally are being blocked by Ohio Department of Public Safety officials’ who question whether a new federal program gives those immigrants temporary legal status, the Insurance Journal recently reported.
Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles offices are reaching different conclusions about the status of the young immigrants because they are not getting guidance from the Department of Public Safety that oversees the BMV office, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported.