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Kent Automotive nearly doubles its number of I-CAR instructors

Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 08:00
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Kent Automotive, a brand of Lawson Products, Inc., (NASDAQ:LAWS) and a leading distributor of high-performance products and inventory management solutions to collision centers, automotive OEMs, and new and used car dealerships announced eight of its industry professionals recently completed I-CAR® Industry Training Alliance® provider training, bringing its total number of I-CAR instructors to 19.   

More than 8,200 collision center personnel have participated in Kent’s I-CAR courses since 2008.     

The increase in I-CAR training resources complements a range of hands-on training sessions and clinics taught by Kent professionals at customer locations and provided at no cost.

“Our Kent Automotive representatives are in shops and service bays with owners and technicians every day,” said Matt Brown, Senior Vice President, Sales, Lawson Products, “so we’re intensely focused on what’s happening in the industry. We’ve developed training content to help collision centers reduce costs, improve processes and stay on top of the safe, efficient and effective use of products.”

For example, Brown noted that plastic repair options are sometimes overlooked. A better understanding of correct repair material, products, and steps to complete the repair can lead to greater profitability for collision centers.

“Kent Automotive’s training programs, together with our I-CAR offerings can help repairers ensure their technicians, supervisors, and staff are equipped and proficient in significant aspects of collision repair,” Brown said.

Kent offers the follow I-CAR approved training courses:

  • Automotive Body Shop Safety
  • Restoring OEM Corrosion Protection
  • Duplicating OEM Seam Sealers
  • Automotive Plastic and Tab Repair
  •  Headlamp Restoration

Kent Automotive is a long-time member of the I-CAR Industry Training Alliance. Kent’s programs support the I-CAR Vision that every person in the collision repair industry has the information, knowledge and skills required to perform complete, safe and quality repairs for the ultimate benefit of the consumer.

For more information on Kent Automotive, or to learn more about in-shop training, visit and follow Kent Automotive on Facebook and Twitter.

About Lawson Products, Inc.

Founded in 1952, Lawson Products, Inc., headquartered in Chicago, IL, sells and distributes specialty products to the industrial, commercial, institutional and government maintenance, repair and operations market (MRO). The company is dedicated to helping customers in the U.S. and Canada lower their total cost of operation by increasing productivity and efficiency. The combination of Lawson Managed Inventory and the company’s problem-solving professionals ensures customers always have the right parts to handle the job. Through The Bolt Supply House, customers in Western Canada have access to products at several retail branches. Under its Kent Automotive brand, the company provides collision and mechanical repair products to the automotive aftermarket.

Lawson Products ships from several strategically located distribution centers to customers in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

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