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Collision Repair & Refinish
ENGLEWOOD, COLORADO October 28, 2013 – GARMAT USA announces winners of their 2013 Sharp Shooter Contest. This is the third year for this highly popular contest which was designed to recognize quality paint techs and shop owners that use Garmat equipment. Judging was based on the shop owner and paint tech's dedication to providing quality paint jobs, superior customer service, attention to safety and overall equipment knowledge. Additional questions included an inquiry on how Garmat could improve their Garmat experience with product improvements.
Boulder, CO, October 29, 2013 – TopTech Finder expands to help mechanical repair shops find qualified employees, becoming the only job board specifically designed for mechanical and collision repair shops. TopTech Finder is officially launching the expanded website at the 2013 SEMA Show (booth 10747).
"After expanding in August to support all body shop jobs, we heard from our customers that they wanted to add mechanical jobs to the site. In response, we quickly expanded the job board to handle skills and certifications specific to mechanical repair jobs,” said Jeff Herman, CEO of TopTech Finder.
“Launching support for mechanical jobs at SEMA is perfect timing. Not only does the show have growing support for the collision repair industry, but traditionally it is the place to be for racing, tuning, and repair techs.”
B-TEC Systems comes to SEMA for the first time in booth 11474. B-TEC Systems is a German manufacturer of quality spray gun cleaning equipment, unique stainless steel work tables and organizers, and specialty solutions and compounds for waterborne and waterbase coatings. B-TEC Systems distributes standard and customized spray gun cleaning equipment for OEM, collision repair, woodworking, and industrial applications. We have facilities in Kentucky and Arizona. Please visit us to see unique new products, many of our most popular products, and terrific promotions. Contact Jim Stubert with B-TEC Systems with questions at (480) 621-5304 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Lori Lundberg at email@example.com to arrange a meeting with a B-TEC Systems Specialist at SEMA. Websites: www.btec-usa.com / www.btecsystems.com
Estify’s new “Reconcile” service virtually eliminates the wasted administrative time shops spend figuring out the differences between their estimate and an insurer’s.
“Just upload both estimates, and Reconcile immediately produces a report showing all the differences between the two estimates, even if the estimates are written in a completely different order,” Jordan Furniss, a founder of Estify said. “For shops not reconciling estimates, it can mean hundreds if not thousands of more dollars per repair order by reconciling the differences and seeking payment for those differences. For those already reconciling, using Reconcile to do it can save them hours of time in the office every day.”
The report shows not only what line items may be missing from the insurer-prepared estimate, but also if there are any differences in labor times between line items.
The Eastwood Company has launched a new Bench-Top English Wheel – professional quality with a knock-down design! English Wheels have been staple tools of metal fabricators for years, but overall size and price constraints have often kept them out of reach of DIY-hobbyists and small shops. Eastwood’s new Bench-Top English Wheel overcomes those issues. Eastwood’s English Wheel offers a 20" throat and 18" internal height to make this unit one of the biggest bench-top English Wheels on the market. "When designing this English Wheel, we wanted to offer a professional quality tool that was within reach of DIY-metal shapers and small fabrication shops," said Mark Robidoux, Eastwood Product Manager. "Shipping a large item like an English Wheel can be costly, but the knockdown design we engineered into this English Wheel allows it to ship via Fed-Ex or UPS."
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – October 30, 2013 – The 2013 SEMA show is on November 5-8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, and that means it’s celebrity time at the PPG Automotive Refinish exhibit. The most colorful superstars of the custom car, motorcycle and drag racing world—Charley Hutton, Bobby Alloway, Tom and Mitch Kelly, Dave Perewitz and Kenny Youngblood—are set to appear at PPG booth 24501, and they’ll be ready to discuss their work, sign autographs and talk about why they prefer using PPG products.
These talented painters are known for their creative use of color, placing their work light years away from the ordinary. Each has his own distinctive style and flair, earning acclaim, respect, even a little bit of envy within the industry.
How do new steel bodies affect the restoration industry?
A SEMA Press Conference – Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Joe Whitaker of Real Deal Steel, LLC and Nate Miller of Thoroughbred International discuss the current and future impact that new reproduction steel vehicle bodies have on the automotive aftermarket
Position in the marketplace:
• Competitors –pricing ($30K for an Experi-Metal body but under $15K for an RDS)
• Keep cost low to introduce as many new bodies as possible to improve reputation for quality, generate excitement among retailers
• Project cars: Chop Cut Rebuild 56, Street Rodder 40 and 55
• Advantage of US-built (stigma, cost, employ US workers, trickle-down to local economy)
• RDS has constructed (102) 55-57 bodies, (10) 1940 Ford coupe bodies and (1) 1969 Camaro coupe body to date
Why a new body?
• Scarcity of originals of certain body styles
• Allows shop or customer to build completely new classic car
Last year, SEMA attendees had the unique opportunity to suit up and spray the latest in waterborne paints inside a GFS paint booth. Every paint class filled up fast and the demo booth was one of the most talked-about scenes at the show.
At SEMA 2013, this wildly popular paint booth demo will be back in full force!
Global Finishing Solutions, Axalta Coating Systems, and Kaeser Compressors are excited to partner up to bring a hands-on demo experience to SEMA attendees where they’ll be able to suit up, grab a spray gun hooked up to a quality Kaeser compressor, and shoot some of the latest coatings from Axalta inside a state-of-the-art GFS paint booth!
WyoTech is proud to announce the unveiling of a custom 1964 Ford truck that was built by WyoTech students and faculty at the Blairsville, Pa. campus. The truck will be revealed for the first time at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5 in the WyoTech booth #12573. Sarah Burgess will be on hand to assist with the unveiling. Burgess races a 750 horsepower Ford Mustang in the Xtreme Drift Circuit and is sponsored by WyoTech.
“This project showcases the skills and training that WyoTech offers at several of our schools across the United States,” said Michael Stiglich, division president of WyoTech. “We’re excited to unveil the truck to the SEMA show attendees.”
BASF to showcase the Ultimate 1967 Camaro from Ultimate Auto at SEMA
What: The Ultimate 67’ Camaro from Ultimate Auto, painted with “Ruthless Red” from the Carizzma Collection from BASF
When: Nov. 5-8 at the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas
Where: The BASF SEMA Booth #21441
The “Ultimate 67” Camaro is a blend of the classic muscle car with a modern street machine. This Camaro was treated to a host of body modifications, including hand fabricated, widened rear fenders, sectioned and recessed bumpers, a new front valance and splitter below the custom grill, new lower rockers that blend the original body lines with the widened rear fenders and also house the exhaust outlets for the custom Borla exhaust.