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1HomePageMap small w 0816Local news stories affecting the auto body industry in California, NevadaOregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Hawaii, Alaska and Wyoming

East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) in Mesa, AZ, has partnered with Leading Edge Auto Refinishes and Kachina Automotive Equipment to establish one of the premiere educational programs and training centers for Collision Repair Technology in the United States. New training begins in January.

EVIT is Arizona’s first Joint Technological Education District and was formed in 1991.  Recently recognized as an A+ School in Arizona, it serves adult and high school students in over 40 occupational specific programs.

The lives of six deserving families in Phoenix, AZ, will be changed with the gift of a refurbished car through the National Auto Body Council (NABC) and its Recycled Rides program.

The vehicles were donated by six Phoenix area collision centers affiliated with the Van Tuyl Group, Inc.

The families received their new vehicles during an event held Dec. 17 at Camelback Toyota, one of six local area dealership collision centers affiliated with the Van Tuyl Group, Inc.

As chapter president of the California Auto Body Association Glendale/Foothill-Pasadena chapter, we can look back upon our chapter meetings and know that we have had some very educational and informative meetings. We were one of the three chapters chosen in the state of California to host the LETF-Labor Enforcement Task Force auto body compliance presentations. This enabled our chapter members to prepare for LETF visits and what to expect and how to properly comply.

We also tackled the issue of the Bureau of Automotive Repairs Ethics and Integrity.

The California Autobody Association had another successful year in 2012, reports David McClune, CAA’s Executive Director.

CAA President Dave Picton implemented an aggressive marketing campaign for the association in 2012, which brought in over 75 new members. In addition, the president and the board made improvements in the CAA website to further educate the association members.

As Caliber Collision grew from 94 locations to 112 during 2012, its associates also helped many families and communities in need throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, Texas and Oklahoma.

Valley Motor Center proudly announces the continuation of its annual participation in “Recycled Rides 2012,” to be held December 10, 2012.  For years, Valley Motor Centers has been a part of a nationwide project of the National Auto Body Council (NABC) to donate vehicles to needy charities in local communities.  Valley Motor Center, supported by selected auto insurers, paint and parts vendors, and other collision repair industry partners, are all donating resources to make this possible.