Sector: body shop

Posted: June 18, 2014
Source: Body Shop Business.com

Auto manufacturers are showing their support of the collision repair and mechanical service industries by promising a larger presence at NACE/CARS 2014.

Companies who have pledged their support include Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., Chrysler and Audi, who will appear alongside other large-scale companies such as Alcoa and 3M. The manufacturers’ presence includes conducting several classes at NACE, all of which will take place at the COBO Center in Detroit.

“For example, Ford’s recent announcement of its using military-grade aluminum alloy in the construction of the 2015 F-150 is causing the entire industry to take notice and seek information and training,” said Dan Risley, president and executive director of the Automotive Service Association, which sponsors NACE and CARS. “This year’s event is focused on ensuring that repairers have access to the information, tooling, training and equipment they need to repair today’s vehicle as well as those in the future. Repairers need to know the differences between repairing aluminum and steel.”
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Posted: May 14, 2014
Source: Body Shop Business.com

Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes has announced its third quarter 2014 collision repair courses and training sites, available from July 1 through Sept. 30, 2014.

Participants will learn through a combination of classroom, digital and hands-on settings at various metropolitan Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes training centers, according to Rod Habel, director of training operations for Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes.

“Our hands-on and digital classroom training is available to all shop owners, managers, painters and technicians who can choose to advance their business-building, production-excellence and/or paint application techniques, as needed,” he said

The following hands-on, paint and processes application-based courses will be offered during the third quarter: AWX Performance Plus Waterborne Refinish System; Color Adjustment and Blending; and Painter Certification.

Additional shop management and business-building courses will also be offered: Key Process indicators (KPIs); Achieving Service Excellence; Improving Workshop Efficiency; and Estimating Solutions for Profit.

“We’re always seeking to introduce concepts that support sustainable practices, increase productivity and minimize or even eliminate waste –all factors that are necessary to the success of a collision center,” said Habel.


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Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes

Posted: February 5, 2014
Source: Body Shop Business.com News

Pro-Spray Finishes has released its 2014 Training Schedule. The courses being offered are designed to provide hands-on knowledge in a variety of areas for the automotive painting professional.

Classes include:

  • National Rule Product  –  This class gives students an overview of the entire Pro-Spray product offering used in National Rule areas and H2O Waterborne Basecoat. Students will learn how each product is positioned in the collision repair facility and ways to maximize productivity and efficiencies on repairs they encounter on a daily basis.
  • Low VOC Product  –  This class provides emphasis on the Low VOC product group including H2O Waterborne Basecoat. Training also qualifies painters for compliance to the new national emissions standard for HAPS and EPA 40 CFR Part 63 Subpart HHHHHH as well as Pro-Spray Warranty Certification.
  • Color Theory  –  This one-day class is designed for the Pro-Spray technician wanting a comprehensive education in color theory and adjustment for blending.

All classes are conducted in the training facility located at Quest Automotive Products headquarters in Massillon, Ohio, which is supplied with the latest tools and equipment for hands-on learning. Instruction is conducted by some of the most experienced training and technical staff.

“We strongly believe in helping Pro-Spray customers succeed by providing in-depth classroom and hands-on training with our products and systems,” said Bill Warner, technical training manager. “I keenly focus on the individual to learn their needs and help them improve their skill levels, productivity and overall business.”
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Posted: January 21, 2014
Source: Body Shop Business.com

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. and Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes have announced the 2014 schedule for the annual Toyota Certified Collision Center estimating program, with Sherwin-Williams continuing as one of the facilitators for the program’s training workshops. Conducted through the University of Toyota, the workshops will be held in three locations across the U.S., including:

  • Atlanta, April 9
  • Boston, May 7
  • Houston, June 25

“Sherwin-Williams continues to be a great partner in offering comprehensive training to the University of Toyota and our certified collision centers,” says Brad Brahe, Toyota body shop development manager.

The workshop, “B005 Collision Repair Estimating,” covers real-world estimating scenarios and industry-specific issues pertaining to body shop operations and insurance company relations. Attendees who participate in this estimating program will get hands-on experience with the techniques, skills and information necessary to write more accurate estimates.

“This is our 11th year that we have conducted the collision repair estimating workshops, and they have proven to enhance estimators’ and shop managers’ skills in all areas of writing accurate and profitable repair estimates,” said Steve Feltovich, manager of business consulting services for Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes.


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Posted: November 25, 2013
Source: BodyShop Business.com

The Martin Senour Company announces its 2014 first quarter training schedule, with courses running from Jan. 1 through March 30, 2014. Training courses emphasize painter certification and maximizing shop profits, and will be held at Martin Senour training facilities nationwide.

Martin Senour Automotive Finishes Director of Sales Brandon Devis notes that shop owners are increasingly concerned with how to best maximize their profits while increasing productivity and quality. In response to these needs, the company is providing additional classes specific to all these practices.

In particular, Martin Senour professionals will teach the following course topics during the first quarter of 2014:

  • Pro//BASE Refinish System Painter Certification
  • VORTEX Waterborne Painter Certification
  • Estimating Solutions for Profit
  • Color Adjustment and Blending
  • Improving Workshop Efficiency
  • Achieving Service Excellence
  • Fleet FGP

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View the complete training schedule