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1HomePageMap small sw 0816Local news stories affecting the auto body industry in Arizona, Utah, Arkansas, ColoradoTexas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Louisiana

A representative of the Ford Motor Company came to Parker High School in Parker, AZ, on Nov. 8 to offer his company’s congratulations to Lee Hibl’s body shop students.

The auto repair lab at Thornton, CO’s, Bollman Technical Center, with numerous bays and lifts and brand-new sets of tools, is the envy of professional shops, according to the school’s students.

Not all the 900 jobs at the new AW Texas plant in Cibolo will require college degrees, but workers with specific skills will be in demand by the time it begins operation in 2021.

Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC CEO Sherif Marakby announced that Austin, Texas, will become the third market in which the automaker will test self-driving vehicles on public roads.

The CARSTAR Colorado Business Group is helping address the collision repair technician shortage the industry faces through a new partnership with Aims Community College, Automotive & Technology Center, Northern Colorado’s premier Collision Repair and Refinishing School.

All Star Auto Lights, the leading distributor of replacement automotive headlights, announced that it has opened its eighth distribution center in Colorado.

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