Thursday, 31 October 2013 23:46

Northwest Automotive Trades Association (NATA), Based in Oregon, is Welcomed Back by SCRS

The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) announced that the Northwest Automotive Trades Association (NATA), an Oregon-based organization serving automotive professionals in the Pacific Northwest has rejoined as an Affiliate Association.

NATA serves and represents virtually every segment of the automotive specialty markets in its region, including the collision repair industry. NATA is rooted in the first Oregon automotive association, the Pacific Automotive Trades Association (PATA), formed by ten automotive aftermarket entrepreneurs in 1914. PATA merged with the Oregon Autobody Craftsman Association and the Automotive Service Association of Oregon in July of 2001 to create NATA.

“Any time you have the opportunity to affiliate with the expertise and information found in a national association like SCRS, you do it because of the benefits it ultimately provides to members locally,” said NATA Executive Director Barbara Crest. “SCRS brings us an informed national perspective. They have proven time and again to be a valuable resource that contributes to the success of the industry-the exact kind of partnership that can help collision repairers get up to speed on the issues affecting their businesses. Affiliation will help our members better plan for the future and form strategies that will allow them to grow and thrive.”

“NATA and SCRS share a passion for industry improvement,” said SCRS Chairman Ron Reichen. “Training and education have become more critical than ever in reaching that goal given the growing sophistication of collision repair. Smart resource planning and mastering new technologies is more important than ever, as is motivating qualified men and women to enter our workforce by compensating them appropriately, creating more professional working conditions and improving trade school curricula and apprenticeship programs. NATA has made outstanding efforts to date in addressing these needs in their region. Working with them to find solutions on a regional and national basis is an exciting prospect, and we look forward to it.”

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