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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

Safelite AutoGlass®, the country’s largest vehicle glass repair and replacement company, has crowned Casey Rose from Baton Rouge, LA, as the national champion of its 2014 technician competition. The bi-annual event—Safelite’s Best of Belron® —brings together the company’s top 12 technicians to compete for the title, a cash prize of $10,000 and to represent Safelite AutoGlass in the international Best of Belron® Competition, a tournament hosted by Safelite’s parent company, which includes champions from each of its 35 countries.

Belron® is the world’s largest vehicle glass repair and replacement company, with 25,000 employees operating in over 30 countries.
The event took place on January 10-11, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio, welcoming guests from all over the country. The competition, which includes windshield replacement, windshield repair, back glass replacement and side glass replacement, is based on skill, quality and customer service. The 12 competitors were identified in a series of market and regional competitions.

Representing Safelite’s Mid-South region, Casey Rose has been with the company for five years. The father of two met his wife at Safelite, who is a customer advocate supervisor Jill Mace. He will travel to Rome, Italy in May to compete for the international title.
To prepare for the competition, Rose worked closely with his technician manager Tony Darbonne. “I couldn’t have done it without Tony. Together, we studied the notes that our technician director provided and I made sure to take time with my customers,” Rose said. “I just felt good when I stepped away from my vehicle after the competition, knowing I communicated well with my customers making sure they understood what was going on. While I am excited to win, each one of the 12 guys are winners.”

Representatives of the Collision Repair Education Foundation Board were recognized recently at Texas State Technical College by instructors and students of the Auto Collision Technology Program for a recent $50,000 grant gifted to the program. The gathering was dubbed a celebration of the grant, which will contribute to the success of the program and improve a student’s learning experience. Program chair Jose Vargas, a 30-plus year veteran of TSTC, said the grant has enabled the program and the students to remain competitive in the rapidly changing industry.

MSD Performance Group, headquartered in El Paso, Texas, operates in the street enthusiast, professional racer and powersports markets under the MSD®, Racepak®, Superchips® and Edge® brands. The company announced that the company has been acquired by Hot Rod Brands, LLC an affiliate of Z Capital Partners, LLC (“Z Capital”). MSDP filed a voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection petition on September 6th of this year.

MSD Performance says it looks forward to the future with a stronger balance sheet and focused ownership to provide a greater ability to serve consumers with exciting new products and technology. In recent years MSD Performance has expanded its portfolio of products and technology including the award-winning Atomic brand Fuel Injection systems, Flashcal brand Jeep hand-held programmer, Vigilante brand Harley tuning products and this year’s SEMA Show introduction of Brainwave®, the new Vehicle Management Network that allows aftermarket components to utilize a common technology platform for complete vehicle communication.

Thursday, 19 December 2013 18:43

Texas Utilities Kept Plants Up in Latest Freeze

Power lines around the Dallas-Fort Worth area were felled by falling branches in the recent ice storm. But power plants were largely unscathed, avoiding a repeat of the Super Bowl winter storms three years ago.

The Texas Department of Insurance has posted information and brief summaries of selected bills enacted during the 83rd Legislative regular session that relate to property/casualty insurance.

Thursday, 12 December 2013 22:43

Sheets of Ice Seen Smashing Texas Vehicles

Some terrified Texans have filmed the astonishing moment when sheets of ice flew off apartment buildings and crashed onto parked cars below.

Avalanches of ice were caught on camera cascading off various roofs, plummeting to the ground and leaving a devastating trail of destruction in their wake.

to see video go to the New York Daily News here