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Midwestern News

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Wednesday, 24 October 2012 15:55

Wisconsin Shop Joins CARSTAR Network

Gillette’s CARSTAR Collision Center in Waukesha, WI, recently joined the CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts network of collision repair centers.

Gillette’s, which has been in business since 1996, will remain independently owned by Todd and Kathy Gillette.

The shop now has access to CARSTAR’s proprietary management system, 19 corporately managed direct repair programs and 45 corporately managed purchasing programs.

“We are very pleased to welcome Todd and Kathy and their crew at Gillette’s to the CARSTAR Nation,” said David Byers, CEO of CARSTAR. “As with all of our store owners, we look forward to helping build their business; getting local car owners back on the road with fast, reliable collision repairs; and giving back to the community at the same time.”

CARSTAR now operates 13 collision repair facilities in Wisconsin, and more than 410 locations throughout 31 U.S. states and 10 Canadian provinces.

The Indiana Auto Body Association is the state’s only organization serving collision repairers.

The Hoosier State has had collision-repair associations for some time, beginning with the Independent Garage Owners of Indiana in the 1970s. Following that, the state had affiliate associations with national groups such as the Automotive Service Association and the Alliance of Automotive Service Professionals. The last of these disbanded in the mid ‘90s.

Thursday, 18 October 2012 23:09

AASP-MN Announces Fall Seminars Line-Up

On Wednesday, Nov. 14 AASP-MN will host “Audi & Volkswagen Diagnostics,” from 4:00 - 7:30 p.m., at Dunwoody College of Technology, Minneapolis.  William Krug of IDENTIFIX will present the session, which will cover how to read Audi/VW wiring diagrams and how to use the diagrams for faster, more focused diagnostics.  Attendees will learn how the factory scan tool is set up and how the various functions can be used to find the cause of concern.  The ins and outs of late model A/C systems will also be covered.

Thursday, November 29, 2012, AASP-MN will host “No B.S. Guide to Converting Telephone Leads into Paying Customers.”  The seminar, presented by Jeremy O’Neal of Advisorfix.com, will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., at Dunwoody College of Technology, Minneapolis.

PPG Automotive opened its new Refinish Color-Matching Laboratory in Cleveland, OH, in September.

The computer-controlled, high-tech facility is a significant advancement in the science and art of automotive refinish color matching, PPG said. The laboratory addresses major challenges that automotive refinish businesses face, including the growing number of domestic and import OEM color offerings and variations. PPG said there are several variations with exterior, bumper, accent and underhood colors.

The Northern Michigan Body Shop Association will hold its next meeting Oct. 26 at the Turtle Creek Convention Center in Traverse City, MI.

Guest speaker is Erica Eversmn, repair advocate attorney and chief counsel with Vehicle Information Services, Inc., who will speak on the topic of parts procurement.

The NMBSA annual meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. with an election of officers. Eversman will present at 7 p.m.

There is no cost to attend the annual membership meeting. Cost to attend the presentation by Erica Eversman is $25 per member or $45 for non-members. Mail registration and payment to NMBSA PO Box 207 Alpena, MI 49707. For more information, contact Sue Allor at (231) 833-0150.

Friday, 21 September 2012 15:38

Micro Group Covers Greater Detroit To Toledo

The Micro Group was originally formed to focus on chrome plating car bumpers when Howard Hicks Sr. founded the business in 1948. Since then, it has expanded into several other areas of the collision distribution industry.