Dave Blayden: 1957 – 2015

Dave Blayden, owner of Kildonan Auto Parts, was a passionate advocate for his industry, serving on the Auto Recyclers of Canada board for many years as the Manitoba representative.

Winnipeg, Manitoba — July 16, 2015 — It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dave Blayden, owner of Kildonan Auto Parts, at the age of 58 years. Blayden was a founding Board Member of the Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC) representing the Automotive Recyclers of Manitoba (ARM) as far back as 1992 […]

CSN Collision Centres expands in Ontario with CSN – Cavalcade

CSN Collision Centres expands in Ontario with CSN - Cavalcade

Bracebridge, Ontario — July 16, 2015 — CSN has announced the addition of CSN – Cavalcade to its network of collision repair centres. Functioning as an extension of the Cavalcade Ford and Lincoln Dealership for almost four decades, the Bracebridge, Ontario location has been a longtime fixture in the community. The family-owned business aims to […]

Enterprise holds 20th anniversary golf fundraiser

By Jeff Sanford King City, Ontario — July 16, 2015 — Enterprise Rent-A-Car recently hosted its 20th anniversary annual charity golf tournament at King’s Riding Golf Club. While severe thunderstorms in the region threatened the July 14 event, in the end, the dark clouds held off. “It was great. There was pretty bad weather in […]

Ingenie report predicts increased road rage in warm weather

Ingenie report predicts increased road rage in warm weather

Toronto, Ontario — July 16, 2015 — A new property and casualty (P&C) insurer in Canada has just released a report warning that “tempers could flare this season as construction-related delays add to driver frustration.” The Ingenie Road Rage Report finds summer to be the most infuriating driving season for Ontario motorists. According to the […]

Aluminum-bodies push need for bonded riveting

Aluminum-bodied vehicles push need for bonded riveting techniques

By Jeff Sanford Vaughan, Ontario — July 16, 2015 — The ongoing shift to increased use of aluminum in auto bodies is also leading to an uptick in the use of bonded rivets for attaching parts. Pfaff Autoworks is keeping up with the changes by training technicians in the proper use of bonded riveting. Today’s […]

ABRA nabs Kadel’s as industry consolidation continues

ABRA nabs Kadel as industry consolidation continues

By Jeff Sanford Brooklyn Park, Minnesota — July 16, 2015 — The consolidation of the North American collision repair sector takes another step forward. ABRA Auto Body & Glass closed a deal to acquire 23 collision centres across Idaho, Oregon and Washington. The stores are part of the Kadel’s Auto Body chain. ABRA will add […]

NACE | CARS 2015 organizers release main stage, live demo schedule

NACE | CARS 2015 organizers release main stage, live demo schedule

By Jeff Sanford Detroit, Michigan — July 16, 2015 — One of the biggest annual collision repair industry gatherings is just around the corner, as members of the industry from across North America will be travelling to Motor City next week for NACE|CARS 2015. To help attendees get ready for the full week of events, […]

Speedy Collision expands with new Toronto location

Speedy Collision expands in Ontario with new Toronto location

By Jeff Sanford Toronto, Ontario — July 16, 2015 — Speedy Collision recently added a Toronto location to the banner’s chain of collision repair centres. Formerly operating under the name Garyray Collision, the 187 Toryork Drive location is a full-service facility offering body work, paint and refinishing. The centre joins the network along with its […]

Media Spike #13 – How Can I Help You?

Dennis Kelly

by Dennis Kelly Oh good, you’re here. Nice to have you again. It started out as an ordinary, unassuming day, but fates intervened and suddenly I was hurtled into a frenetic pace of action. The best laid plans went out the window in a heartbeat. Files scoured. Records unearthed. Favours called in. Phone lines on […]