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Want to take a tour of the Collision Hub shop? For NACE 2014 in Detroit Collision Hub assembled a new exhibit, The Bodyshop of Tomorrow.
For most auto body repair shop owners information from vendors is presented as segmented bits of information from a company hoping to sell you their service or product. The struggle for most, as been how these pieces fit together for the overall benefit of the repair.
We gathered our top products, services and equipment and assembled a mock facility right on the show floor. Take a tour of our shop and watch for more coverage on preparing yourself for the future of collision repair.
The Automotive Service Association (ASA) has announced a new benefit provider for its members: Federated Insurance, a premier insurer of the automotive service industry.
Founded in 1904, Federated has built a strong reputation of offering competitive products supported with value-added risk management programs and services. The company is rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best®, a respected insurance rating authority. Federated specializes in affinity relationships, and today is exclusively recommended by more than 400 state and national associations and buying groups.
“We have a longstanding history of working with and supporting ASA affiliates and chapters. Partnering with ASA provides our local marketing representatives with the ability to better serve members with their insurance and risk management needs. We are extremely excited and look forward to providing members with access to our value-added programs,” said Mike Kerr, executive vice president-director of marketing.
“One of the most important decisions a shop owner makes each year is the selection of a business insurance program. Choosing a company with a proven track record of being an industry partner brings our members peace of mind and ensures that their businesses are protected. We’re excited to announce Federated Insurance as our newest partner for members’ property and casualty needs,” said Dan Risley, ASA president and executive director.
Sponsored insurance programs include property and liability, and life and disability. Federated’s specialized coverages include employee tools, pollutant cleanup and removal, business interruption, data compromise, defective product and faulty work, garagekeepers, employment-related practices liability, and commercial and personal umbrella. Among the many risk management services offered by Federated are disaster preparedness and recovery, employment screening programs, drug and alcohol-free workplace programs, and on-site risk analysis.
As an ASA-sponsored benefit provider, Federated will provide ASA members with a thorough review of their current coverage and analysis of their business needs, including business succession, estate planning and employee retention strategies. To take advantage of the complimentary, no-obligation insurance coverage review, and learn about the many risk management programs available through Federated, call Jack West at (800) 533-0472 or visit www.federatedinsurance.com.
For information about ASA’s entire benefits portfolio, visit the ASA Marketplace at ASA.bizunite.com. To learn more about ASA’s dedication to service and repair professionals, the value of ASA membership and how to join, visit www.ASAshop.org or call (800) 272-7467, ext. 361.
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Check out the latest application technique and process for collision center repairs.
3M™ Scotchgard™ Autobody Coating, 7277 is a high-quality, professional spray-on coating for surfaces that require a tough, durable finish. Designed for application with a standard undercoating spray gun.
• Air Dry Outdoors in Direct Sunlight 3 to 5 hours. Do not allow the coating to become wet for 4 hours.
• Air Dry Indoors Without Direct Sunlight Overnight, do not allow the coating to become wet for 16 hours.
• Heat Cure/Forced Dry Allow 30 minutes flash before force drying. 2 hours at 140° F (60°C) do not allow the coating to become wet for 2 hours.
The March 28th Management Success 2014 Spring Convention at Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas.Management Success! conventions offer an excellent opportunity for networking with other like--minded shop owners, many of whom run some of the top automotive shops in the US and Canada. Attend exclusive convention workshops tailored for your auto shop and bring home plans on how to get your shop to the next level of expansion. You won't want to miss the latest news and advancements for shop expansion being released by Management Success!
Over 130 of our country's finest students in collision repair and refinish technolody gathered in Kansas City last week for the SkillsUSA Championships.
Take a tour of the competition and skills task each student is required to complete.
Paul Baffico retired in 1999 as president of Sears Automotive and CEO of Western Auto. He has written a new book called, “Last Mission for a Reluctant Patriot,” which is set for release this summer. The book talks about the things that happened to him during his war experience and later when he came to grips with its effect on his life. The book talks about his "mission" of serving as a volunteer at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. on a monthly basis since May of 2006.
Baffico also donates time helping veterans in Lake and McHenry counties in Illinois as a licensed peer support specialist; training he undertook after being formally diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD).
In this clip Baffico talks about a federal grant that he got involved with and the subsequent Lake County Veterans and Family Services Foundation (LCVFSF) that was later formed. He says the foundation is like a “portal” for veterans, guiding them to the right places where they can get help. He said military training creates veterans who often are the last to ask for help.
Many long time automotive aftermarket industry “insiders” will remember Paul Baffico as the onetime president of the Sears Automotive Group and CEO of Western Auto. They will also remember him as an individual who, after a 37 year stint at Sears Roebuck & Company working his way up through the ranks, retired in 1999 at the relatively young age of 53. His last act being the sale of Western Auto to Advance Auto Parts.
But what was hidden from most were the wounds Baffico carried after a traumatic tour of duty in an unpopular war in Vietnam. It was not till after retirement that he began to process his war experience, which ultimately led him into a second career of giving back to other veterans who had faced similar psychological and physical wounds.
Out of this experience, Baffico has written a book called, “Last Mission for a Reluctant Patriot,” which is set for release this summer. He said the book was therapeutic for him and a way to tell his family about the things that happened to him during the war.
As Baffico says in this video clip, he put into writing the things he could never verbalize.
Paul Baffico served as president of the Sears Automotive Group and CEO of Western Auto, retiring in 1999 at the age 53. He served in the 101st Airborne during the Vietnam War and was later diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He wrote about his experiences in a new book titled, "“Last Mission for a Reluctant Patriot,” which is set for release this summer.
Since May of 2006, Baffico has been getting on an airplane once a month bound for Washington, D.C. to serve as a docent at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. He's approaching 100 consecutive months of service.
In this video clip he talks about why he goes to “The Wall” to serve.
The July issue of Motor Age is built around domestic manufacturers. This month’s ASE Question of the Month is more of a trivia question than a technical one. We’d thought you’d enjoy a little switch!
The Engine Control Module (ECM) needs to receive feedback so it can determine how well an executed function has performed, if it has performed at all. Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) systems, for example, may use shifts in oxygen sensor voltage, changes in short term fuel trim corrections, or changes in manifold absolute pressure as a means to determine if the EGR is flowing correctly.
Advanced high strength steel, alternative fuel systems, and other technological innovations are the future of vehicles. These advanced technologies will require a well-trained, skilled workforce to repair these vehicles safely and efficiently. How do you, as a student, school or supporter, fit into this future?Take your interest and talents to the next level by pursuing career training in the collision industry. We offer scholarships, grants, and other education opportunities so you can develop sought-after skills and earn a good living in a trade that rewards hard work and passion. Learn more about the opportunities available to you.Our school grants provide collision programs the new tools, equipment, and supplies to enhance the educational experience, giving students the necessary skills and understanding of new technology. Collision repair businesses are then able to hire them as well-trained, productive, and efficient employees from day one on the job. Find out what's available to your school.Thanks to the contributions of the entire collision industry, every member will benefit from higher levels of service and skilled labor, longer employee retention, and greater loyalty among industry business partners. Learn more on contributing to the cause and getting involved.