by Steve Sharp

R.O. Writer streamlines and puts more tools in shop’s box and time on the clock

Juno Beach, Fla.—As the number of supplier, information resource, and reference sites continue to grow, your time, your estimator’s time, and your techs’ time is slowly being consumed. Learning new programs and apps, researching repair information, and going from one Internet parts source to another can rapidly take over the day, R.O. Writer Vice President Kathy Smith said.

Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 00:11
Sacramento, Calif.—Thompson’s S&S Collision Repair has been serving Sacramento more than 30 years, family patriarch Roy Thompson said. After learning the craft at American River College and gaining experience first at Irv’s followed by Lou Williams Chevrolet. In 1989 Roy and...
Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 00:11
Lebanon, Ohio—Mitch Williams, president and CEO of the Restoration Parts Unlimited companies, said growth in the hot rod and restoration market is unprecedented. With the two markets closer than ever and the value of the cars ever increasing, the popularity, especially among baby boomers, is...
Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 00:11
Campbell, Calif.—The story is a familiar one — spurred on with a quest to learn and a knack for all things mechanical a high school gearhead converts family garage into a shop. But that’s where Pumphrey & Co. and Owner Matt Pumphrey’s story takes its first turn, he said...
Thursday, January 1, 2015 - 00:11
Las Vegas—Each year the team at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) strives to raise the bar at its annual SEMA Show. This year not only did it expand in size, but in attendees, events, and its organizational scope as well. With more exhibits, more events, and more educational...
Thursday, January 1, 2015 - 00:11
ASCAA and CAA advocate Jack Molodanof says industry must have strong voice to protect and promote interests Sacramento, Calif.—Having grown up in and around the business, California Autobody Association (CAA) and Automotive Service Councils of California (ASCCA) Legislative Advocate and...
Thursday, January 1, 2015 - 00:11
Richmond, Calif.—After 28 years at the same location and her father looking to secure the company’s future, Accurate Auto Body Co-Owner Tiffany Silva said. Times had changed and as the years passed the old facility of family-owned and operated business was no longer adequate. “We...
Thursday, January 1, 2015 - 00:11
Pleasant Hill, Calif.—The East Bay Chapter of the California Autobody Association (CAA) held its 16th annual Model Truck Contest, Nov. 18, at Zio Fraedo’s in Pleasant Hill. The event was attended by more than 100 guests and included participation of the United States Marines and its...
Monday, December 1, 2014 - 00:11
Sonoma shop owner stays true to his school and mentors Sonoma, Calif.—For Larbre Automotive Owner Mike Larbre it all started with a go-kart and a toolbox. “We had a little dirt track and all of my cousins were into go-karts and dirt bikes. My family has a well-drilling business, so I...
Monday, December 1, 2014 - 00:11
Santa Clara, Calif.—Integration of marketing and management programs is key to Kukui’s simple all-in-one success platform. “Everything is measured,” Kukui Vice President of U.S. Operations Mike Giblin said. “From the time they hit enter to find a shop online until you...
Monday, December 1, 2014 - 00:11
San Rafael, Calif.—When Laura “Car Grrrl” Bertolli took over her father’s collision business she immediately found she would be going in a new direction. Armed with a business degree from Cal Berkeley and 10 years as her father’s office manager, she purchased Bertolli...
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