By Mary Welch
Attendees at the April Southern Automotive Repair Conference (SARC) will be able to get the latest and most important updates on the collision repair industry as well as visit exhibits, learn about new vehicle technologies, promote consumer safety and get tips about succeeding in the marketplace.
The conference will take place Friday, April 21, and Saturday April 22 at the IP Casino, Resort & Spa in Biloxi, MS. Among the event's themes include OEM Perspective, Status of Independent Shops, Training in a Hi-Tech Age and Innovative Resources.
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We are Seeking Sponsors: The Collision Repair Education Foundation and the Atlanta I-CAR Committee will be hosting a collision career fair on Tuesday April 25th that will be attended by hundreds of Georgia high school and college collision and automotive students.
Participation / Table at $1,500, includes: Event table to meet students; company logo on event signage; and attendee student résumés. Funds raised during this event help cover event costs (student uniforms, lunch, room rental, school transportation, etc.) and allow us to support local high school and college collision repair school programs and students
Contact Brandon Eckenrode via email at Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org if your business is interested in participating in this event and meeting the attending collision students. Please SHARE with all of your industry associates and friends.
By Mary Welch
Battle lines are drawn in Mississippi over whether cars destroyed in floods can have a new life with "branded title" or be permanently retired with a certificate of destruction. Two bills in front of the Mississippi legislature would allow for a vehicle with a "certificate of destruction" from another state to get a branded title in the state. Currently the Department of Revenue can't give those flooded damaged cars any sort of title thus preventing them from going back on the roads. Instead, these cars are sold for parts only.
The 2017 SkillsUSA Championships are June 19-23, 2017, at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels. More than 6,000 outstanding career and technical education students — all state contest winners — will compete hands-on in more than 99 different trade, technical and leadership fields. Contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations, and test competencies set by industry. The championships is a multi-million-dollar event that occupies space equivalent to more than 16 football fields. Leadership contestants will demonstrate skills including extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedure.
The GCIA is proud to donate $500 to help sponsor a representative from Maxwell High School in attending this very special conference and competition.
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I-CAR Presentation: The future for technology and training while also answering your questions on technical procedures and training. Presented by Terry Ticel, I-CAR, South Central Regional Manager Today's vehicles are more complex than ever. To repair them properly after a collision requires dedication and an ongoing investment in training, education and knowledge. I-CAR is our industry's leading provider of the training we all need. With I-CAR, there's no excuse not to train. They offer all of the training solutions needed to complete, safe, quality and profitable repairs. I-CAR's current, role-specific, industry-recognized programs are taught by dedicated industry professionals across the country. And courses are offered via convenient, affordable and hands-on live classroom experiences, as well as virtual and online courses to fit into busy schedules. DON'T MISS THIS VERY INFORMATIVE MEETING. Help us plan for food and refreshments - RSVP today! Meeting location is Wyndham Atlanta Galleria Hotel located at 6345 Powers Ferry Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30339. Directions & Map - click here. GCIA meetings begin around 6:30 pm with a catered dinner and refreshments prior to the meeting. We are usually concluded around 9 pm. RSVP to help us plan space, food, and refreshments. RSVP online here.
Original Equipment (O.E.) collision parts and to highlight the benefits of choosing Mopar products over the aftermarket for collision repairs. The initiative will include a new informational ad that details the rights of owners to ask for O.E. parts for collision repairs.
Mitchell Parts to integrate advanced electronic procurement capabilities within Estimating and Repair Management to streamline workflow and business operations
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ("Nissan") completed its acquisition of a 34 percent equity stake in Mitsubishi Motors ("MMC") and became its largest shareholder.MMC will also become part of the global Alliance with Nissan and Renault. With the addition of MMC, the Alliance will be in the world's top three automotive groups by global volumes, with sales of 10 million units in fiscal year 2016.
Nissan Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn announced that Nissan and MMC would collaborate on joint purchasing, deeper localization, joint plant utilization, common vehicle platforms, technology-sharing and an expansion of the companies' combined presence in both developed and emerging markets.