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Stacey Phillips

Stacey Phillips photoStacey Phillips is a freelance writer for the automotive industry based in Southern California. She has 20 years of experience as an editor including writing in a number of businesses and fields.

 

She can be reached at sphillips.autobodynews@gmail.com. 

 

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Members of the collision industry recently had an opportunity to tour the DCR Systems location in Mentor, OH, prior to the July Collision Industry Conference (CIC) in Cleveland.

 

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Nearly eight months ago, Mitch Barrett was researching spray guns as the head painter at Santa Margarita Auto Body in California. He learned about the 3M™ Performance Spray Gun from Stan Ehresmann, a regional business manager at 3M.

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Since the early 20th century, steel has been the material of choice by auto manufacturers worldwide. Almost every vehicle model has been designed using steel due to its strength, cost-effectiveness, workability and availability.

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In 1956, Bruno Sanchez opened a 2,500-square foot auto body shop in San Francisco, CA. He named it Bruno and Son Auto Body Shop and the goal was to offer honesty, passion and craftsmanship.

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When Richard Campfield was looking into starting a retail windshield repair business 35 years ago, he conducted some direct marketing to determine if it was worth pursuing.

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As a child, Peter Reszczynski recalls often spending time at an auto body shop located on the northwest side of Chicago.

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Telematics, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and OEM repair procedures are all predicted to significantly impact the way vehicles are repaired in the future, according to Jake Rodenroth, director of OEM and industry technical relations for asTech.

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Like many others who work in the collision repair industry, you could say Tony Simon grew up in a body shop. His great-grandpa, grandpa, dad and brothers all worked on vehicles, in some form or another.

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An effective health and safety program can help collision repair facilities reduce injury and illness rates, decrease workers’ compensation costs, increase productivity and improve morale across the workforce, according to Wayne Curtis, director of field services at KPA.

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Clay Hoberecht, owner of Best Body Shop in Kansas, said he is crazy about three things: his customers, their cars and his team.

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