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Auto body shop owners and managers across the U.S. are struggling to attract, motivate and retain skilled technicians in their facilities. Many say this has worsened since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eric Lopez, 28, is a freelance paint specialist whose clients include BASF and various electric auto startup companies.

Tuesday, 12 May 2020 17:59

Two Shops in NJ Make Necessary Adjustments, Will 'Weather the Storm'

Written by Victoria Antonelli

Autobody News reached out to two single-location shops in New Jersey that participated in the "Analysis of the Body Shop" survey and volunteered to elaborate further on their responses.

Autobody News followed up with Sam Plumb, vice president of Alpine Auto Renovation, a single-location shop in Utah.

Friday, 01 May 2020 16:40

TX Student, Gymnast Set to be I-CAR Certified Before Senior Year of High School

Written by Victoria Antonelli

Ashtin Kai Nandlal first heard about the collision repair program at Kingwood Park High School from his older brother.

Friday, 01 May 2020 16:26

NEACTC Student Refurbishes Father’s Truck During Quarantine, Determined to Excel

Written by Victoria Antonelli

Austin Bennett, 16, said he always had an interest in cars and trucks, but two years ago when he lost his best friend---his father---he knew he wanted to follow in his footsteps and become an auto collision technician.

Thursday, 09 April 2020 16:05

CDCR Auto Body Graduate First in State Program to Achieve I-CAR Platinum Status

Written by Victoria Antonelli

From 2012 to 2018, New Hampshire native Dan Miller, 46, served time at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

Monday, 16 March 2020 19:22

31-Year-Old Compares Body Shop Work to Tech College Courses

Written by Victoria Antonelli

David Cesar, 31, who has been working on cars his whole life, recently enrolled in a collision repair program so he could “learn how to fix everything on a vehicle.”

Friday, 13 March 2020 18:49

23-Year-Old Makes Dream A Reality, Opens Shop in NM After College

Written by Victoria Antonelli

William Sanders, 23, said he loved cars from a very young age and repaired vehicles as a hobby before enrolling at San Juan College in Farmington, NM. In 2017, he graduated from the technical school’s Associate Paint and Autobody program.

Friday, 13 March 2020 18:17

Two-Time Skills USA Competitor Follows in Great-Grandfather’s Footsteps

Written by Victoria Antonelli

Chandler Allison, 19, grew up in Pollard, AR, surrounded by people who worked with their hands and prided themselves on being self-sufficient. His great-grandfather owned a body shop while the rest of his mother’s family raised farm animals and his father’s family grew crops.

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