The Automotive Aftermarket Association Southeast (AAAS) recently held their annual Capitol Day events in MS and GA.
AAAS President Randal Ward says, “Capitol Day is an annual event facilitated by AAAS for its members. The event allows AAAS to advocate for a strong, free and competitive automotive aftermarket industry to legislators that make decisions affecting the industry.”
The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) applauded the recent ruling by a West Virginia judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed in December 2011 by then-Attorney General Darrell McGraw. The case attacked a collision repair facility's utilization of recycled OEM parts. The ruling in Kanawha County follows the June 2014 ruling by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals that also affirmed the use of salvage/recycled OEM crash parts in vehicle repairs.
It’s difficult to measure the cost and affect a quality collision shop can make.
At Maxwell High School of Technology, students are learning the skills needed, and costs associated with running an auto collision operation. On January 22, those students and their instructors received an infusion of support.
Several years ago, the Automotive Aftermarket Association Southeast (AAAS) began their Capitol Day initiative in Tallahassee FL with association members visiting legislators to address issues impacting the industry. Last year, the initiative was expanded to include a Capitol Day event in Atlanta GA, and this year, for the first time, AAAS members will also be visiting Jackson MS.
From October 22-25, 2014, the Automotive Recycling Association (ARA) held their 71st Annual Convention and Exposition at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN. With 14 countries and over 1100 U.S. attendees, this year’s convention boasted the highest attendance in recent years.
With the 2014 calendar year coming to a close and 2015 right around the corner, the Automotive Aftermarket Association Southeast (AAAS) has been busy planning for next year. President Randal Ward has met with three of the association’s boards this fall in order to prepare the association’s agenda for 2015.
On Thursday, September 25, members of the Georgia Collision Industry Association (GCIA) gathered at the DoubleTree Hotel in Marietta, GA for a special presentation by Barrett Smith, President of Auto Damage Experts, Inc. Smith discussed the presence of fear in the collision repair industry and how it impacts business decisions in an attempt to educate industry professionals on this rarely mentioned but all-pervasive issue.
Despite the harsh and unusual weather in the southeast portion of the country, the Automotive Aftermarket Association Southeast (AAAS) has been hard at work in their efforts to strengthen the industry—they aren’t going to let a little snow and ice slow them down!
The Independent Auto Body Association (IABA), not to be confused with the Indiana association with the same acronym, is currently inactive as they restructure their leadership, but they have big plans for the future for when they’ve regrouped. Mike Causey, president of IABA, is excited about these upcoming changes and shares some information about the association.
Georgia collision repair facilities can expect increased levels of inspections by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to continue in 2014. OSHA issued its annual inspection plan under the Site-Specific Targeting 2014 Program and its current list of National Emphasis programs to direct enforcement resources to workplaces where the highest rates of injuries and illnesses occur.
The Automotive Aftermarket Association Southeast (AAAS) began in 1938 when a group of parts jobbers in AL collaborated to form an association to represent and support their industry. Over the past 75 years, the association has experienced many changes, but Randal Ward, President of AAAS, notes three instances as having the most impact on the organization’s growth.
In existence since 1968, the Washington Metropolitan Auto Body Association (WMABA) has spent the past 45 years supporting member shops and acting as their members’ voice for business and legislative concerns. The organization was founded by DC-area shops who sought to work together to combat some of the common issues facing the collision repair industry.
Getting local shops involved tends to pose the biggest challenge for most collision repair associations, and this is currently the focus for the Tennessee Collision Repairers Association (TCRA). As TCRA strives to increase their membership, Executive Director Tony Nethery shared some insight into the association and their objectives.