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(Back row, l.) Frank Dabbiero, 2nd place post secondary   Collision; Luis Rodrigues, 3rd place post secondary Collision; Ben   Falconer, 1st place secondary Refinishing   (Front row, left to right) Austin Grider, 2nd place secondary   Refinishing; Grant Kennedy, 1st place post secondary Collision
GREELEY, Colo. – Aims Community College automotive students competed at the district SkillsUSA competition in February at the Aims Automotive & Technology Center’s Windsor campus. The following winners will compete in April at the state SkillsUSA competition in Colorado Springs: High School...
Ryan Hochmiller, outgoing CAR president, kicks off a daylong event in January that featured industry speakers, trade exhibits, and general meetings.
Denver—Attendees at the annual meeting of the Colorado Automotive Recyclers (CAR) on Jan. 23 at the PPA Event Center were treated to “best practice” presentations from key recycling industry leaders, along with a trade show, general business sessions, and networking opportunities.    Outgoing CAR...
Tim O’Day, president and COO of the Boyd Group Inc., oversees 305 U.S. collision repair centers, spanning 20 states. Three locations were added in Colorado last year.
Skokie, Ill.—Through two acquisitions and one brownfield opening last fall, the Boyd Group Inc., branded as Gerber Collision & Glass in the U.S., has increased its footprint in Colorado to 16 locations. The moves are part of an overall strategy to double the company’s size every five years,...
Owner Doug Paddock stands in the waiting room of his new facility in west Denver. He says the new layout has boosted employee morale, and the first month of production numbers are encouraging.
Denver—Paddock Imports, a longstanding European import specialist shop, has moved into a new 25,000-square-foot facility, nearly triple the size of its old facility, to help increase its production and expand into collision repair, Owner Doug Paddock said.  “Our old shop was crammed and presented a...
Students from Pickens Technical College stand in front of the motors donated by GM to 10 AYES schools throughout Colorado.
COLORADO The Collision Repair Education Foundation’s career fair will be held Thursday, April 14, at Garmat USA’s corporate office in Englewood. All industry companies seeking to meet greater Denver area collision students are invited to participate. More than 200 local collision students have...
Owner Ken Rackley invested thousands in his shop over the course of last year to align his brand with NAPA, which he said has paid off.
Aurora, Colo.—On Saturday, Feb. 13, Ken Rackley, owner of Tune Tech Automotive, was supposed to be in two places at once. He was scheduled to host AM560 KLZ’s “Drive Radio Show,” sponsored by Colorado Select NAPA AutoCare Centers, and he was also registered to attend the ASA-CO Independent...
Mike Torres (r.) applies the industry training he learned throughout his career in his new shop, Mountain View Automotive.  With him is newly appointed store manager Chris Neeley.
Thornton, Colo.—Mike Torres, a technician-turned-shop-owner, openly admits that he made costly mistakes early in his first attempt as an entrepreneur.  Now, after seeking the advice of industry trainers and mentors and some soul searching, Torres was able to succeed and is off to a fresh start at...
DENVER, February 2, 2016--Colorado new car and light truck registrations finished 2015 in positive territory with an increase of 8 percent which is higher than the 5.7 percent increase in U.S. sales. Meanwhile, new car and light truck registrations in the state declined 9.9 percent in December...
Morfit says finding good people and keeping them has been vital to the shop’s success. Arvada Auto’s five technicians and Zack Endicott, shop manager, continue to work honestly and efficiently, which has led to the best four years the shop has seen in 20, Morfit says.
Arvada, Colo.-A few times a month, Ken Morfit, owner of Arvada Auto Center, parks across the street from his shop to look at it from the perspective of what his customers see. “It’s easy to forget what your customers actually see,” he said. “Most owners park in the back, come in through the shop...
Joe Qualls, owner of Color On Wheels, has the ability to perform most hot-rod building in-house, from concept to paint, allowing him to easily control quality.
Denver--Unlike a typical body shop owner, Joe Qualls measures his car counts not by the month, but the year.  That’s because his mainstay business, Color On Wheels, focuses on hot rod and restomod projects that extend well beyond 12 months.      Qualls said he does, however, often find himself...

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