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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.

The Indiana Autobody Association will host several meetings in November to roll-out their new consumer program, "A Shop You Can Trust." The program begins Jan. 1 "and we expect it will change the industry in Indiana," said Tony Passwater, IABA director. The meetings will discuss how "steering" or deceptive referrals affect your business and how shops can create stronger customer loyalty and consumer awareness in today's environment. The meetings will also introduce the association's "short pay process" and explain the process to collect those items insurers refuse to pay that shops are entitled to and that are required for a proper repair.

The special guest speaker will be Michael Stacy from Verifacts. He will provide insight in facility verification and consumer trust.

The IABA will hold these upcoming meetings for its members in the following locations:

Fort Wayne - Nov. 13,  6:30 - 9:30 at the Lucky Moose
New Albany - Nov. 14, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Sam's Food and Spirits
Bloomington, Nov. 14, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Mr. Hibachi Buffet
Merrillville - Nov. 15, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Gino's Steakhouse
Indianapolis - Nov. 15, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at The Library Restaurant

Register online at IABAmeetings.com by November 7. For more information, contact Tony Passwater at (317) 290-0611.