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Wednesday, 05 January 2022 13:18

Island Concepts Opens Training Facility in Hawaii to Support Collision Repair Industry

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Island Concepts held its inaugural education class in the company’s new training facility in October 2021, “Estimating Consistency—Documenting Damage.” Island Concepts held its inaugural education class in the company’s new training facility in October 2021, “Estimating Consistency—Documenting Damage.”

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Collision repair facilities in Hawaii now have the opportunity to take part in a variety of industry educational classes, thanks to Island Concepts’ new training facility.

“Our goal is to offer training throughout the year for management teams and shop employees,” said Scot Takemoto, partner and general manager at Island Concepts.

 

Takemoto and his team moved into the new Honolulu facility in July 2021 and held their inaugural training class in October, “Estimating Consistency—Documenting Damage.” The all-day course was taught by Tim Ronak, senior services consultant at AkzoNobel, and is part of AkzoNobel’s Acoat Selected program.

 

The class aims to help auto body shops safely repair vehicles by identifying all the procedures needed to ensure safety systems perform as intended. The main focus of the seminar included information about the damage documentation process and how to get reimbursed for these procedures, to help shops improve profitability.

 

In addition to being the exclusive paint distributor for AkzoNobel in Hawaii, Island Concepts offers products for body shops across the state.

 

The company previously used a smaller storage facility located in downtown Honolulu, which lacked space for training. The new building includes a training room as well as a storage area to house the products they provide to collision repair facilities. In addition, there is a separate area where Takemoto plans to set up a spray booth or prep station for hands-on training.

 

In the past, much of the instruction on the island was conducted by Honolulu Community College as part of its auto body repair and painting program. However, the program closed in the summer of 2021 due to a lack of enrollment because of the pandemic and Hawaii travel restrictions.

 

As a result, Island Concepts took the initiative to...


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