In the collision repair technology segment, Alan Zimmerman of Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Center in Fremont, Ohio won the secondary competition, and Joel Hartstack of Southwestern Community College in Creston, Iowa won the post-secondary competition. Polyvance congratulates these winners and all of the contestants who made the trek to Louisville to represent their states.
In the plastic repair portion of the competition, Kurt Lammon of Polyvance presented a demonstration of a new nitrogen plastic welding component which will become an official part of the competition in 2018. So, in 2018, competitors will be required to repair a 3" long cut and a tab using 3M's two-part repair material and, in addition, will be required to repair a 3" long tear to the edge of the bumper with the Polyvance nitrogen plastic welder.
To help underfunded technical schools across the country prepare for this new plastic welding requirement, Polyvance is promoting a "tech school trade-in program". Body shops that donate their old nitrogen plastic welders (of any make) to a tech school will be able to take the tax deduction on the donation, and, when they purchase a new Polyvance plastic welder, Polyvance will provide a $300 rebate to the shop. Contact Polyvance at 800-633-3047 for more information about this trade-in program.