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In the Zone

Pat and Wayne Felder wanted to expand their small business, but thought using GO Zone assistance might involve too much time and federal red tape or require the assistance of a lawyer. The opportunity might have slipped away had Pat Felder not decided to look into it further. She got a summary explanation on the hurricane assistance, which convinced her to consult their accountant. He advised they use its 50% bonus depreciation incentive to build their much-desired warehouse, to do it immediately and leave the paperwork to him.

Santa Fe Chevrolet, in the Santa Fe, New Mexico, Auto Park, has taken a step to protect the environment by changing its paint system. The company’s system is now water-based rather than solvent-based.

Allstate Insurance Company has filed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the Texas statute prohibiting insurance companies from owning collision repair shops. Just as children go from parent to parent to get the answer they want, Allstate has refused to accept lower court decisions, and, in a last ditch effort to own repair shops in Texas (under the Sterling banner), has asked the Supreme Court to review the previous decisions. 

Speeding is the number one reason why police ticket Texas teens during the holiday season. According to an Allstate Insurance Company holiday teen driving survey of more than 35 police departments across the Lone Star State, even seemingly common infractions can be deadly.

 

Two and one half years after Hurricane Katrina tried to wipe New Orleans off the face of the planet – the valiant efforts of the brave and determined are rebuilding this beautiful and historic landmark city – so unique in all the world.

 

Monday, 31 December 2007 17:00

Big Easy Repair Shops Triumph Over Katrina

Revisiting the New Orleans area collision industry professionals who were affected by Hurricane Katrina over two years ago brings good news and bad news. The good news – the shops that are back in business are staffed and busy with repairs. The bad news – not nearly enough progress has been made on the infrastructure of the city and surrounding areas discouraging residents from returning and new workers from relocating to New Orleans.

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