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Monday, 03 December 2012 21:54

IABA Looks Back on 2012 and Welcomes 2013

As 2012 comes to a close, the Indiana Auto Body Association looks back on its accomplishments over the past year. According to Tony Passwater, Executive Director, “Early in our organization, we realized that being a lone state association would not be in the best interest of our prospective members. In 2005, we affiliated with the SCRS and through this relationship, have reaped many benefits and national support. In 2012, we also became an associate member of the ASA and an accredited business of the Better Business Bureau to better position ourselves not only within the industry, but to the consumer as well.”

Schoonover Bodyworks and Glass, a collision repair center based in Stillwater, MN, was recently acquired by ABRA Auto Body & Glass.

Schoonover Bodyworks, which has been in business since 1938, operated two collision repair facilities prior to the acquisition. ABRA said Schoonover will continue to operate its second location in Shoreview, MN.

Automotive refinish distributor Painters Supply & Equipment Co. (PSE) recently announced the acquisition of Potter Color and Supply, a paint distributor based in Cambridge City, IN. Potter Color and Supply has been supplying the automotive refinish and industrial coatings markets in since 1985.

“We’re pleased to welcome the Potter team to the PSE family,” said Patrick Mayette, president of PSE. “We’re excited to expand into the great state of Indiana.”

“PSE has a long history and solid reputation as one of the best automotive refinish and industrial paint distributors in the U.S.,” said Jim Potter, owner of Potter Color and Supply. “They will strengthen us to better serve our local market from a technology, product and customer service standpoint.”

With the acquisition, Taylor, MI-based PSE now operates 21 store locations throughout Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Mayette said PSE plans to continue expanding. As the industry continues to consolidate, acquisitions throughout the Midwest region of the U.S. will be a key element to the company’s growth initiatives.

Exhibitor early bird registration and pricing for the 3rd Bi-Annual Indiana Autobody Association Convention and Technology Showcase ends November 30. After November 30, prices increase by $100.

The convention will be held Feb. 22-23 in Indianapolis, IN, and will include speakers, panel discussions and live demonstrations.

The IABA is expecting record-breaking attendance from participants coming from Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Missouri. Attendee registration begins early December.

Exhibitor and key event sponsorship information can be obtained at: www.IABAconvention.com

Tuesday, 27 November 2012 22:08

AASP-MN Looks Back on 2012

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota, an association of nearly 640 independently-owned mechanical and collision repair shops and industry suppliers, works to improve the state's automotive service industry and the success of its members' businesses.

In 2012, AASP-MN passed legislation to increase the damage disclosure threshold for salvage title from 70% to 80% to allow for more vehicles to be repaired and fewer to be totaled. Other issues addressed this past year include: sales tax on paint and materials, "Right to Repair," insurer steering, DRP contract provisions for parts procurement, and air quality permits.

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.