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AASP/NJ to Award 2nd Young Technician Grant


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A budding auto body technician will walk away from this year’s NORTHEAST® Automotive Services Show with $5,000 worth of tools or equipment as the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) plans to present the Second Annual Young Technician Award at NORTHEAST 2022.

NORTHEAST 2022 is scheduled to place March 18-20 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center (MEC) in Secaucus, NJ.


Thanks to the continuous generosity of the Utica National Group Foundation, AASP/NJ will be able to award an up-and-coming technician who has been working in the industry for five years or less and is currently employed by an AASP/NJ member shop in good standing.


“We are excited to once again be able to help a young technician build their career thanks to this great gift from Utica,” said AASP/NJ Scholarship Committee member Ken Miller. “With the increasing difficulty of finding good workers in this field nowadays, rewarding tomorrow’s technician with resources to help keep them going in this profession is especially important.”


When Utica National Insurance Group first approached AASP/NJ Allied Board Member Joe Amato Sr. of Amato Insurance Agency (a division of World Insurance Associates, LLC) about donating funds to the association through its charitable foundation, Amato suggested a grant would be a good way for AASP/NJ to provide for those coming into the industry.


“We are glad that we can award this grant to a young technician in need to help keep him or her in this industry,” said Amato. “This is especially important with it being so hard to find good help.”


Last year, AASP/NJ presented the inaugural award to Casey Dombroski of Rico’s Auto Body in Robbinsville Township, NJ, at the 2021 NORTHEAST Automotive Services Show. The award presentation was a true highlight at the event as Dombroski received...

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