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ABRA Auto Body & Glass helped raise $18,000 during the second annual Forest Park Charity Golf Tournament to benefit St. Louis Children’s Foundation.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 17:00

Branson Collision Now Offering 24/7 Towing

Branson Collision Center operates out of a state-of-the-art facility on Gretna Road, where they can not only restore a vehicle back to its original condition or better, but also do it with the environment in mind every step of the way.

“We’ve got brand new down-draft pressurized and heated paint booths to keep dust at a minimum,” Lee said.They use waterborne paints and primers, which are more environmentally friendly.

And they do everything they can to ensure they are keeping what they can out of landfills.

“Everything gets recycled,” he said.

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Aleris broke ground on an expansion of its facility in Lewisport, Kentucky. The company is investing $350 million to equip the facility with additional heat treatment and finishing capabilities to produce wide aluminum auto body sheet for the automotive industry. Aleris is currently a leading supplier to the European premium auto industry, which has led to the transition to aluminum driven by tighter emissions standards.

"This groundbreaking marks the beginning of the next milestone in our global automotive strategy to expand our capabilities in North America as the automotive industry turns to broader aluminum use to produce vehicles that are more lightweight," said Steve Demetriou, Aleris Chairman and CEO.  "We have a strong and talented team in Lewisport that has been an important part of the community for 50 years, and we couldn't have made this happen in Kentucky without the outstanding support of its local and state officials."

The company expects to begin construction on the project this fall, with a goal of shipping automotive body sheet material to customers by early 2017. When fully operational, the new facility will allow for the production of 480 million pounds of aluminum auto body sheet annually.

The company's investment will include the addition of heat treatment and finishing capabilities, including a new wide cold mill, two continuous annealing lines and an automotive innovation center.

Including Lewisport, the company has 11 rolled aluminum products facilities in North America, the majority of which serve building and construction, truck-trailer and metal distribution customers.  Upon completion of the facility's upgrade, Lewisport will be the company's first site in North America that is equipped with aluminum auto body sheet finishing capabilities.

Safelite® Group has renewed their annual contribution of $10,000 to the Collision Repair Education Foundation, displaying its commitment to the future of the collision industry. Safelite’s contribution benefits the industry by enhancing the Education Foundation’s ability to offer grants and scholarships to career and technical schools and collegess. The $10,000 gift from Safelite will support the Education Foundation’s Collision Repair Education Campaign fund which allows the Foundation to provide its annual student scholarships, school grants, and the annual Ultimate Collision Education Makeover $50,000 school grant.

“Training is critical for auto body and vehicle glass technicians,” said Jerry Beigel, Senior Vice President of Safelite® Solutions, the company’s P&C insurance claims business unit. “Their craft impacts the safety of everyone on the road, and we are pleased to contribute to the future of our industry by supporting the Collision Repair Education Foundation.”

Collision Repair Education Foundation Executive Director Clark Plucinski noted, “Safelite renewing their annual contribution to the Collision Repair Education Foundation displays their belief that the collision school programs across the country are a worthwhile investment and the technical education of these high school and post-secondary collision students is vital to produce qualified and productive entry-level job candidates within the industry. For an organization that believes so much in be a responsible member of their communities, we thank Safelite for donating to the Education Foundation and investing the collision industry future professionals and their school programs.”

For the third consecutive year, Copart has contributed $15,000 to the Collision Repair Education Foundation.

Service King Collision Repair Centers announced on October 27 that it has acquired International Collision Repair Center, LLC in Columbus, Ohio.
International Collision Center has been owned and operated by Solomon and Rachelle Parsley since 2003. The 13,000 square foot facility is located in the Darby Creek neighborhood in Columbus and employs 21 technicians and office staff.
“We are extremely excited to expand our footprint in Columbus as we continue to build scale in the Midwest,” said Jerod Guerin, Service King Regional Vice President of Northeast Operations. “The Parsleys built a very talented and reputable team, and we are proud to bring these new teammates into the Service King family.”
With this acquisition, Service King now operates two locations in the Columbus area, with a total of four locations in the state of Ohio.
The International Collision Center acquisition officially closed on Oct. 24.   
For additional information on this acquisition and other Service King locations, visit www.serviceking.com.