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Estimating and Certification Courses Available Online

Tue, 2018-05-01 20:19

Accountable Estimating announced it has introduced its On-Demand Learning Series for collision repair estimators. Courses include online programs for both entry-level and seasoned estimators.

“This is the first online collision industry training series developed specifically for estimating. Our training is designed to be delivered in short modules that are 30 minutes or less allowing estimators to remain and learn in their work environment,” said Scott Ellegood, Accountable Estimating

The company provides both live, in-shop training and consulting as well as online. Courses are available that include the opportunity to earn AMi credit.

“Accountable Estimating training is Approved for Elective Credits

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Boyd Group Acquires Three Collision Repair Centers in Washington State

Tue, 2018-05-01 12:57

The Boyd Group Inc. announced the April 17th acquisition and April 18th opening of three Gerber collision repair locations in the Seattle, Washington area. These centers were previously operated as Professional Collision Group and are located in northern Seattle and the suburbs of Mukilteo and Lynnwood. The Seattle metropolitan area is one of the fastest growing in the United States and all three centers are located in proximity to the heavily travelled interstate 5 and 405 highways

“These new locations are a reflection of our continuing strategy to increase our presence in the most attractive U.S. markets,” said Tim O’Day,

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AASP-MN Announces Automotive Service and Collision Repair Student Scholarship Recipients

Tue, 2018-05-01 12:55

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) announced scholarship awards totaling $14,000 to help automotive service and collision repair students pay for tuition and tools during the 2018-19 school year.  The scholarships are in the amount of $1,000 per student and were made possible by a successful fundraising drive within the AASP-MN membership, as well as generous donations from the Minnesota State I-CAR Committee and the Bill Smith Fund. 

Thirty-seven college and high school students from 14 schools submitted scholarship applications.  Applications were reviewed by a committee of industry representatives, with consideration given to scholastic achievement, education and

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Fix Auto World Names Stuart Faid to Lead Asia-Pacific Region

Tue, 2018-05-01 12:53

Fix Auto World announced the appointment of Stuart Faid to the role of Regional Head of Business, Asia-Pacific Region, effective today.

Stuart Faid has been named Regional Head of Business, Asia-Pacific Region for Fix Auto World.

Faid brings to Fix Auto World more than 25 years’ experience across every facet of the automotive industry. Having started his career as a management graduate at Volkswagen Group, where he served for seven years, he went on to hold management and leadership positions in various OEM and automotive supplier organizations. Faid spent most of the last decade living and working in the Middle

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AkzoNobel and Mercedes-Benz China Announce Supplier Agreement

Tue, 2018-05-01 12:48

AkzoNobel has become the recommended supplier of automotive refinishes for Mercedes-Benz China, the country’s leading luxury auto brand.

The agreement means the company has become a certified supplier of vehicle refinishes to more than 50 auto companies in China over the last 20 years.

“Becoming the recommended supplier of automotive refinishes for Mercedes-Benz China shows great recognition for our products, color expertise, digital tools and services,” said Keith Malik, Key Account Director for AkzoNobel’s Vehicle Refinish and Automotive business. “China’s automotive aftermarket is flourishing, and both auto repair shops and car owners are expecting faster and better services at more

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Federal Legislation Introduced to Address Career and Technical Education Teacher Shortage

Tue, 2018-05-01 12:46

U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Rob Portman (R-OH), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) recently introduced the Creating Quality Technical Educators Act, (S. 2737). The bill would establishes a grant program to address the shortage of career and technical education (CTE) teachers impacting programs all across the country. The bill would add a new section related to CTE teachers to partnership grants available under the Higher Education Act of 1965.

“To strengthen our economy, we’ve got to ensure our education system meets the needs of the modern workforce,” Kaine said. “One important way we can accomplish that is

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New Vehicle Sales Pace to Decline Again Despite Higher Discounts

Mon, 2018-04-30 15:56
J.D. Power and LMC Automotive project declines in auto sales in April versus last year. Retail SAAR to reach lowest level for the month of April since 2012

The new vehicle retail sales pace in April is expected to fall from a year ago, according to a forecast developed jointly by J.D. Power and LMC Automotive. The seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR) for retail sales is expected to be 13.5 million units, down 500,000 from April 2017. Retail sales are projected to reach 1,046,000 units, a 1.3 percent decrease on a selling day adjusted basis compared with April 2017. (April 2018

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Fix Auto Canada Adds Collision Repair Center to Network in Ontario

Mon, 2018-04-30 15:53

Fix Auto Canada announced the addition of Fix Auto Stratford, located in Stratford, Ontario to its network. The brother and sister team of Andrew and Kate Tapley are carrying on their family tradition as second generation owner/operators. Their father founded the family’s first location back in 1979, acquired a second facility in 2000 and then in 2016 Andrew and Kate consolidated the two locations into one which is now the site of Fix Auto Stratford.

“It was the dream of our mother and father that one day we would take over the business,” said Kate.

 “It’s a very exciting time

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Subaru of America Holds Grand Opening of New Headquarters in New Jersey

Mon, 2018-04-30 15:51
Announces 9 million vehicle milestone in U.S.

Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) on Friday conducted a grand opening of its new home in Camden, NJ. Following several years of sustained business growth, Subaru of America announced plans in 2014 for a new headquarters campus to be located in Camden. Next month, more than 550 employees will begin to occupy the new building at a time when the company is celebrating nine consecutive years of record sales and 10 years of consecutive growth. The new facility, at 250,000 square feet, plus an adjacent new training center will more than double the

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Service King Welcomes 400th Veteran in its Mission 2 Hire Program

Mon, 2018-04-30 15:46

Service King Collision Repair Centers welcomed its 400th U.S. Military veteran to the family as part of the organization’s ongoing Mission 2 Hire initiative. With the recent milestone, the company remains ahead of its original goal to successfully recruit and hire 500 U.S. Armed Forces veterans and family members in five years.

“This is yet another extremely proud moment in the life of our Mission 2 Hire initiative,” said Service King President Jeff McFadden. “We are always looking for top-tier talent to join our growing team and recognize the intangible qualities that so many U.S. Armed Forces veterans provide. The

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