Local news stories affecting the auto body industry in Arizona, Utah, Arkansas, Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Louisiana
On June 17, Gov. Bobby Jindal and Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret joined executives from V-Vehicle Company, or VVC, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, or KPCB, partners, local businessmen and local officials to publicly announce that VVC, a new American car company headquartered in San Diego, will begin assembling cars in Monroe, La. The project will create over 1,400 direct jobs at an average annual salary of nearly $40,000, plus benefits, as well as a capital investment of at least $248 million.
Cheery "Gettin' Outta Dodge" banners mostly mask the sense of betrayal at Frank Kent Dodge in Fort Worth, TX. The store, part of the Frank Kent Auto Group, is one of eight in the area that bankrupt Chrysler LLC is closing as it seeks to eliminate about a fourth of its dealers nationwide. The 789 dealerships being cut are supposed to cease operations June 9. click for Dallas Morning News Story
Cheery "Gettin' Outta Dodge" banners mostly mask the sense of betrayal at Frank Kent Dodge in Fort Worth, TX.
The store, part of the Frank Kent Auto Group, is one of eight in the area that bankrupt Chrysler LLC is closing as it seeks to eliminate about a fourth of its dealers nationwide. The 789 dealerships being cut are supposed to cease operations June 9.
click for Dallas Morning News Story
On May 29, Texas enacted legislation strengthening the state's current child restraint law that requires children 4 and younger to be in a child safety seat. When the law goes into effect on Sept. 1, 2009, Texas will join 23 other states requiring children at least 7 and younger to be in a child passenger restraint system.
SAN MARCOS, Texas – Automotive and collision repair shop owners and service managers were recharged on shop management and communication skills May 2, 2009 when the Texas Independent Automotive Association sponsored the first-ever Texas Automotive Summit at the San Marcos Convention Center.
A special recognition dinner event was held last month at Lakeside Country Club in Houston, TX, to celebrate Westside Lexus as the recipient of the 2008 Toyota/ Lexus Certified Collision Center of the Year.
The chairman of the Texas Committee on Insurance Fraud says telemarketers continue to harass the victims of auto accidents whether they have been injured or not. The group is endorsing a bill being introduced in the Texas House of Representatives that restricts telemarketers from purchasing crash reports from police departments for the first 30 days after the accident.
Labor rates have long been a contentious issue in Louisiana and now shop owners throughout the state are speaking out. Autobody News talked to several shops recently that feel the ‘reasonable’ $45 per hour labor rate currently imposed upon them by insurance companies is unfair and unrealistic in today’s market.
AUSTIN – Two of the state's largest auto insurers – Allstate and State Farm – are boosting their rates to offset the rising number of claims.