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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

Wednesday, 08 August 2012 18:11

CDE Collision Purchases 6th Location

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.

Wednesday, 08 August 2012 16:08

3M Donates Products to Illinois College

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.

Wednesday, 08 August 2012 15:46

Fox Auto Parts Joins Team PRP Network

Fox Auto Parts, based in Belleville, MI has become the latest full-service auto recycler to join the Team PRP network. This brings their current national membership to 113 stores.

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.