Lab Technicians: I-CAR to open 4,400 square-metre ‘tech centre’ in Chicago area

Chicago, Illinois — Big things are on the way for autobody technicians in the Chicago-area—big things in the form of a new 48,000 square-foot technical centre, that is. The Chicago Tech Centre, operated through I-CAR, is intended to act as a hub for industry workshops and training for EVs, ADAS calibrations and several other emerging […]

Welcomes of the Week: ProColor Collision South Central Edmonton

Edmonton, Ontario — For more than 60 years, the Wheaton family has built a solid reputation as a trusted name in Alberta’s automotive business, with 17 dealerships and counting. Recently, the family consolidated its presence in the region’s aftermarket industry by opening its second ProColor Collision location in less than two months. The Wheaton Automotive […]

Refinisher to Freshman: PPG launches Knowledge College™ online training program

Strongsville, Ohio — PPG is taking auto painters back to school with a number of new online training opportunities, as the company launches the PPG Knowledge College™. This new education campaign is boasted by PPG as the “most comprehensive online training program for automotive and commercial finishing systems and professional business development.” “The PPG Knowledge […]

Impressions of OEM Certifications

By CRM Staff   Toronto, Canada — June 12, 2018 —  The findings from our May 30th online survey only skim the surface at  understanding what OEM certification actually means to the bottom line of bodyshops across Canada.    Popular feedback included:   “Any increase in sales is more a result of relationships with local […]

CSN Hutten Achieves I-CAR Gold Class Certification

CSN Hutten's new home, a facility equipped with a state-of-the-art aluminum repair centre.

Fergus, Ontario — January 29, 2018 — With its modern equipment and focus on team training, CSN Hutten recently received I-CAR Gold Class Certification. The highest role-relevant training achievement in the collision repair industry, I-CAR statistics report that only one-in-five repair shops meet the Gold Class standard. “The advances in vehicle technology and equipment are […]

Four more CSN Collision Centre facilities get CCIAP certified

The four newly certified facilities are Golden Triangle Cambridge, CSN Golden Triangle Guelph, CSN Regency Kitchener and CSN Regency Waterloo.

Guelph, Ontario — January 9, 2018 — CSN Collision Centre has announced that four of its centres, all owned by Rob Pavan, have achieved CCIAP certification. The four newly certified facilities are CSN Golden Triangle Cambridge, CSN Golden Triangle Guelph, CSN Regency Kitchener and CSN Regency Waterloo. “This certification solidifies our dedication and eagerness toward […]

Maaco honours Canadian owners at Paradise Island retreat

Newmarket Maaco owner Steve Celli was recognized for his efforts to secure five OEM certifications for his outlet in 2017

By Gideon Scanlon Paradise Island, Bahamas — January 9, 2018 — Last October, Maaco franchise owners from across North America traded in their ties for flip-flops and traveled to the Atlantis resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas for the franchise’s annual convention. As he boarded his plane, Maaco Newmarket owner Steve Celli had much to celebrate. […]

CARSTAR expands in New Brunswick with CARSTAR Tracadie

Reginald Brideau recently joined CARSTAR with his new facility, CARSTAR Tracadie.

New Brunswick, Tracadie — January 3, 2017 — CARSTAR recently announced the addition of CARSTAR Tracadie to its North American network. Reginald Brideau, who has nearly 40 years of collision repair industry experience, owns the facility. It is located at 1024 Route 370, Leech, New Brunswick.   “Holding myself and my business to the highest […]