Local news stories affecting the auto body industry in California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Hawaii, Alaska and Wyoming
The CAA Pasadena/Foothill General Chapter meeting was held September 15, 2011, at the Brookside Country Club, Pasadena, CA, was presided over by Linda Holcomb, President. She announced that she and a few other members of the CAA had met with an AQMD committee about Rule 1147 recently. The rule would have required many shop owners to install expensive equipment to control noxious emissions. At the meeting, the CAA members succeeded in getting the AQMD to postpone costly regulations for shops.
Golden State Collision Centers, Inc. announced September 1 the business will conduct a 3rd annual internal fundraising campaign to benefit the Boy and Girl Scouts of America organizations during the month of September, 2011.
Golden State Collision Centers will donate a dollar amount for each vehicle repaired throughout the organization’s five locations. This campaign will continue throughout the month of September, 2011, and will be earmarked for campsite development projects in the Northern California area.
“In 2009, we were approached by the Boy Scouts of America to donate a nominal dollar amount, targeted for the refurbishment of Camp Winton in Northern California. Our organization launched a month long campaign, which clearly resonated with the communities in which we do business.” said Dave Finkelstein, owner of Golden State Collision Centers, Inc. “We were thrilled to announce that over the past two years this campaign has continued to be a huge success, enabling us to contribute $11,500 to Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts Heart of Central California organizations. It is our hope that the third year of our campaign will be equally successful and that these funds will help to provide a safe, fun and productive environment to further foster the campsite programs developed by the Boy and Girl Scouts organizations.”
Golden State Collision Centers has five locations in the Northern California area, servicing customers in Roseville, Sacramento, Orangevale, Lincoln and Yuba City. For more information about Golden State Collision Centers, visit www.goldenstatecollision.com.
Michael Antonelli has been appointed to the California/Nevada/Arizona Automotive Wholesalers Association’s (CAWA) Board of Directors representing Vantage Marketing Global, Inc, Grand Island, New York.
He was appointed by Chair of the Board, Mary Davis of NGK Spark Plugs in Sacramento, California. “Mr. Antonelli has served on our Manufacturers Advisory Council with distinction and has a long and diverse career in the automotive industry starting at General Motors and as the founder of Vantage Marketing Global, Inc.” said Ms. Davis. “Mr. Antonelli’s breath of industry experience will be a great addition to the board of directors and we’ll welcome his contributions to the automotive aftermarket industry and its trade Association out west”, said Chair Davis following the appointment.
CAWA is an automotive aftermarket trade association, which represents auto parts jobbers, warehouse distributors, retailers, manufacturers and manufacturer representatives in California, Nevada and Arizona. The Association provides education, legislative, regulatory and business support to the industry and its membership. It is one of the largest trade associations of its kind in the United States and recognized as a leader in the automotive aftermarket industry.
Visit www.cawa.org for more information.
Some yelled “Fore” while others exclaimed “Duck!” but in the end, 62 golfers of varying skill levels participated in the California Autobody Association East Bay Chapter’s 25th Annual Golf Tournament at Diablo Creek Golf Course in Concord, Calif. on a sunny Saturday, July 30th.
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Followed by a great dinner and raffle prize giveaways galore, East Bay CAA members and their friends played 18 holes while enjoying a rare day of good weather. Matt Patterson from Airbagservice.com won the grand prize, a beautiful deluxe BBQ with all the bells and whistles that was donated by Hertz.
If you haven’t played in a tournament like this and you’re not familiar with how these events go, here are three valuable tips: First rule: Always bring a ringer (or two). Second rule: Fudge your score (it’s not cheating unless you get caught and everyone else does it!) and Three: Have fun and don’t get too competitive (a rule many serious golfers always forget.)
The Crozat family had a grand opening recently to unveil their newest G&C location in Novato, California.
From left to right, General Manager Shawn Crozat, Owners Teri and Gene Crozat, and Josh Crozat, the manager of the company’s Windsor location, were on hand for a ribbon cutting.
Approximately 70 people attended the event, including dignitaries from the City of Novato. The facility has the ability to handle 100 cars per month.
G&C purchased the business from Complete Auto Body and remodeled the shop for approximately $300,000, including the purchase price of the business as well as the construction costs, and subsequently signed a long-term lease with the building’s owner.
Teri is holding a plaque welcoming the business from the Novato Chamber of Commerce.
Nevada’s State Business & Industry Director Terry Johnson announced that two agencies within his department will see a change in leadership on August 1, according to Insurance Journal.
Division of Insurance Commissioner Brett J. Barratt has resigned his post, effective August 12. He will be relocating out of state for personal reasons. Amy Parks, currently Chief Counsel for the Division, will be the Acting Insurance Commissioner.
Labor Commissioner Michael Tanchek will leave his post to join the Division of Industrial Relations. Tanchek, a licensed attorney, will join the Division’s legal team. Larry Dizon, currently the Labor Commissioner’s Chief Investigator, will become Acting Labor Commissioner.
Johnson said that he will immediately begin recruiting for a new Insurance Commissioner and a new Labor Commissioner.
Parks and Dizon will serve as acting commissioners until final appointments are made.
California Casualty Management Company, based in San Mateo, CA, presented its 2010 Customer Service Excellence Award to Gerber National Glass Services.
“We are very excited to receive the award from California Casualty,” said Mark Flasch, general manager of Gerber National Glass Services. “We are proud that our efforts have translated into the highest level of customer satisfaction for California Casualty policyholders.”
California Casualty Assistant Vice President Michael Lloyd said the Gerber National Glass Services Team provides excellence in customer service to company policyholders.
“We recognize that it is critical to acknowledge these efforts,” Lloyd said. “I was privileged to go to both of their Call Centers in Paducah, KY And Ft. Myers, FL recently to demonstrate how essential their daily work product is for California Casualty. We wanted to show Gerber’s associates how important their work is to our company and how much it is sincerely appreciated.”
For more information on California Casualty, visit calcas.com.
Hundreds of Teamster members and their families protested BMW's greed outside 50 BMW dealerships in 11 states -- California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, New York and Virginia -- this past weekend. The protesters distributed leaflets and held banners that read "BMW: The Ultimate Misery." They informed BMW customers about BMW's plan to lay off nearly 100 Ontario, Calif. employees on August 31, 2011 and immediately re-open the parts distribution center with a cheaper, inexperienced work force.
Local 495, located in Covina, Calif., represents 68 workers at the Ontario parts distribution facility.
"BMW got bailed out with nearly $4 billion in low-interest federal loans and in exchange, they are mocking America's plant closing laws and destroying working families," said Randy Cammack, President of Teamsters Joint Council 42. "They've also hired Jackson Lewis, the top union-hostile law firm in the U.S., to help them outsource these good, middle-class jobs."
"BMW would never be allowed to get away with this in Germany," said Teamsters Local 495 Secretary-Treasurer Bob Lennox. "Many of these employees have worked there for 10, 20, 30 years. They think they can take an American taxpayer bailout and then treat their American workers in a way they would never dare to treat their German employees."
At its annual meeting to kick off this year’s Industry Week in Las Vegas on October 30, 2011, the California/Nevada/Arizona Automotive Wholesalers Association (CAWA) will install the following individuals to serve as officers for the 2012 year:
· Chair of the Board – Steve Sharp, WORLDPAC
· Vice Chair of the Board, – Ed Jimenez, Riebe’s Auto Parts
· Treasurer – Ron Cannon, Charleston Auto Parts
· Secretary – Ron Aparicio – Walker Products
· Immediate Past Chair of the Board – Mary Davis, NGK Spark Plugs (U.S.A.) , Inc.
For more information please visit www.cawa.org.