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  News Briefs

Posted 9/17/2012

By Levy Joffrion

AkzoNobel Announces Most Influential Women in Collision

2012’s Most Influential Women in the Collision Repair Industry are from left: Kim Roberts, Catherine Mills and Kim Parson. Roberts is manager of Fix Auto in Barrie, Ontario; Mills is executive director of the Florida Autobody Collision Alliance in Orange Park, Fla.; and Parson is president of Automotive Collision Technologies Inc., which includes five ASA-member shops in Maryland (see related story). AkzoNobel Automotive & Aerospace Coatings Americas, which sponsors the awards, recognized the women in a ceremony held July 19 in San Antonio. 2012 marks the 13th year for the prestigious and coveted industry recognition. They were selected for their contributions to the organizations they represent as well as to the automotive industry at large and their respective communities.

MapQuest Reports Popular Summer Destinations

This map may be of interest to the thousands of ASA member-shops found all across the good old USA. It’s from, and shows the most popular U.S. destinations for which visitors searched during the busy summer months.

Did your business serve any of these travelers?

MapQuest also reports there are more than 4 million miles of roads in the United States. Here’s hoping some of them are leading customers to your bays.

MACS Slates Boot Camp

The Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) has scheduled a two-day boot camp for Friday, Sept. 28, and Saturday, Sept. 29, at its training facility in Lansdale, Pa.

Training includes Section 609 training class and certification test, refrigerant recovery and recycling machine usage, demonstration of proper use of diagnostic and repair tools and equipment, best mobile A/C service and repair practices, update on service status of new refrigerant (HFO-1234yf), and electrical functions and diagnostics for mobile A/C and engine cooling.

For more information and to register, visit and call (215) 631-7020, extension 306.

3M Donates Kits To 500 Schools

3M has come to the aid of 500 secondary and post-secondary collision programs across the country by donating $170,000 in denibbing kits through the Collision Repair Education Foundation.

Clark Plucinski, executive director of the Collision Repair Education Foundation, said, “3M has stepped up once again to help the future professionals of the collision industry by providing 500 schools with a donated denibbing kit. The numerous pictures and thank-you notes we receive from instructors help illustrate what an impact 3M’s support is making to the collision instructors who struggle to purchase even just the basics in collision supplies for their students.”




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