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Thu, 18 Sep 2014
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Body Repair Prices, Auto Insurance and Inflation through August
Both auto insurance and body repair prices continue to increase faster than the rate of overall inflation through August 2014.

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Appeals Court Grants Preliminary Injunction against Connecticut Glass Steering Law
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second District has overturned a lower court decision and has granted a preliminary injunction prohibiting the enforcement of Connecticut’s auto glass anti-steering law. Read

Collision Repair Industry Business Conditions: Q2 2014
Improvements in both sales and earnings continue. Collision repair facilities reporting lower earnings and sales hit historic lows.Read

Traffic Volume Improved Again in June
All five regions in the U.S. report increased driving in June compared to 2013. Read

ASA Launches Effort to Address Blend within Panel Refinish Controversy
The Automotive Service Association has launched a renewed effort to eliminate what it sees as arbitrary reductions of refinish times on repaired panels. Association will gather estimate examples from repairers and seeks understanding of insurance company policy. Read

Interview: Dan Risley, President and Executive Director of the Automotive Service Association
One year after announcing that the NACE | CARS Expo was moving from its traditional fall timeframe, the Automotive Service Association launched a revitalized Industry Week in Detroit. In our exclusive video interview, Risley discusses this year’s event and plans for next year. Read

Panel Debates the Value, Accuracy and Impact of Length of Rental Formulas
Collision Industry Conference examines the impact of different formulas used by insurers and how they can impact repairers and consumers. Read

NACE Symposium Offers MSOs and Others New Ways to Look at the Collision Repair Industry
Day-long conference was opened up to more than just MSOs, bringing in single-location collision repair representatives. Offers insights on market dynamics, capacity utilization, technology and acquisitions. Read

Five Lawsuits by Collision Repairers against Auto Insurers Consolidated in Florida
The request to consolidate five separate, but related, lawsuits around the country, into one suit has been granted by the Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation. Crawford suit to remain separate. Read

Traffic Volume Improved in May
Four of five regions in the U.S. report increased driving in May compared to 2013. Read

Judge Denies Ford’s Motion to Dismiss ABPA Lawsuit
Monday’s recommendation by U.S. Magistrate Judge Mazzant affirms the Automotive Body Parts Association’s standing to bring suit seeking to overturn Ford design patents. Read

Tampa Television Station Highlights Poor Quality Repairs, Body Shop Lawsuits Against Insurers
Report highlights repair quality issues and collision repairer lawsuits against insurers. Warns consumers their families could be “…at risk on the road.” Read

Fuel Economy Standards Drive Change
Susanna Gotsch examines how regulations are impacting materials usage in vehicle construction, how those materials are surfacing in CCC's data, and the impact they have on the cost of collision repairs and shop processes. Read

Crawford’s Auto Center Doesn’t Want RICO Suit Against Insurers Consolidated with Other Antitrust Actions
While the plaintiffs in several cases seeking to be consolidated didn’t seek to bring in Illinois RICO suit, a defendant has proposed the suit as a potential “tag-along” action. Read

Federal Reserve Reports All Districts See Economic Activity Expanding
The Fed’s Beige Book commentary on economic conditions sees moderate to modest growth across the U.S. Read

Length Of Rental Continues Upward Trend in Q2 2014
Hailstorms most prevalent weather factor in second quarter. Results above last year and average for the last five years. Read

Honda Demonstrates Non-OEM Parts Affect Airbag Deployment During Crash
Video asks: Can a vehicle body part affect safety system performance? According to an independent crash test conducted for Honda, the answer is Yes. Read

Auto Glass Steering Controversy Continues in Connecticut
Local NBC affiliate investigates allegations of steering in violation of new law. Read

Vehicle Miles Traveled Improves Again in April
Four of five regions in the U.S. report increased driving in April compared to 2013. Gains erase year-to-date decline compared to 2013. Read

New Jersey Latest State to Introduce Legislation to Ban Fake Airbags
State Assembly and Senate bills introduced last week seek to prohibit the manufacture, sale, or installation of counterfeit or nonoperational air bags in a motor vehicle. Read

U.S. House Hearing Examines Intelligent Transportation Systems Impact on Crash Reduction
U.S. House Committee examines research needed to develop technologies that could prevent thousands of automobile crashes annually. DOT plans additional pilot programs in 2016. Read

Florida Lawsuit Against Insurers Dismissed
Federal lawsuit, one of five nearly identical cases across the country, dismissed by judge because complaint “suffers from a host of problems.” Read

UK Competition and Markets Authority Releases Provisional Remedies in Motor Insurance Probe
Will require additional information on consumer rights following accident. Proposed repair quality monitoring process not included. Read

Collision Repair Industry Business Conditions: Q1 2014
Given the harsh winter season, we could only expect that collision repair facilities would see increasing sales. Record numbers report higher overall sales and earnings. Read

Independent Collision Repair Facility Population Increased in 2012
Latest data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms that the decline in the collision repair facility population reversed in 2012. Is it the return to growth temporary? Read

Vehicle Miles Traveled Improves in March
Two of five regions in the U.S. report increased driving in March compared to 2013. Other regions see lower declines than in February. Read

NADA Estimates Dealer Body Shop Count Increased in 2013
Number of dealerships operating on-site body shops increased in 2013 after falling in 2012. Read

Massachusetts ADALB Issues Advisory Ruling on Video Use during Appraisal Process
The Commonwealth’s Auto Damage Appraiser Licensing Board issues advisory ruling stating that using “quality video or digital images” to prepare an appraisal satisfies regulation. Shops concerned about how ruling could impact consumers and repair facilities. Read

Federal Lawsuit Filed Against 7 Insurers Alleging Conspiracy to Control the Cost of Collision Repairs
Repair facility alleges violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act, Fraud and Unjust Enrichment by the largest U.S. insurers. Seeks class action status. Read

Ohio Anti-Steering Legislation Scheduled for First Hearing Before Insurance Committee
Proposed legislation seeks to prohibit insurers from requiring collision repairs be made by specific providers or providing recommendations without being asked by a consumer. Read

Louisiana Passes Bill Criminalizing Counterfeit Airbags
Bill passage May 8 makes Louisiana the sixth state to approve legislation making it a crime to use counterfeit airbags in auto repairs. Read

Association Reaction to Automechanika Chicago Announcement
Until last week’s announcement of the new event, the major national and regional trade shows in the U.S. have been organized by non-profit repairer and supplier associations. CollisionWeek asked the associations that sponsor and organize some of these shows for their reaction to the new event. Read

Florida Passes Legislation Banning Counterfeit and Non-Functioning Airbags, Changes Total Loss Thresholds
Bill raises damage threshold percentage for total loss vehicles before they are required to receive certificates of destruction. Read

Body Repair Prices, Auto Insurance and Inflation in Q1 2014
Both auto insurance and body repair prices increase higher than the rate of overall inflation during the Q1 2014. Read

Collision Industry Conference Looks at MFN, OSHA and Ford Network
The most recent CIC meeting in Portland, Oregon addressed issues with Most-Favored Nation Clauses, heightened OSHA inspection activity and Ford’s new collision repair network. Read

Judge Dismisses Suit Against GM’s Aftermarket Part Price Matching Program
Ruling states aftermarket parts distributor’s amended complaint against General Motors’ “Bump the Competition” price matching program was insufficient to prove antitrust, predatory pricing or conspiracy claims. Read

Vehicle Miles Traveled Continued Decline in February
Four of five regions in the U.S. report decreased driving in February compared to 2013 as Winter storms impact much of the country. Read

MSO Acquisitions Alter the Competitive Landscape
Just last week, we provided an update of acquisition and new store activity by the largest multiple collision repair shop operators through Q1 2014. Monday’s acquisition activity by Boyd and Service King, stunning in its scope, continues to change the competitive landscape for collision repairers. Read

Length Of Rental Continues Upward Trend in Q1 2014
Severe winter weather conditions take their toll on U.S. and Canada length of rental during the First Quarter according to Enterprise. Read

Big Four Multi-Region MSO Growth a Record in 2013
The acquisition and new collision repair facility activity by the largest multiple collision repair shop operators reached record levels in 2013. We compare 2013 with prior years and examine growth in Q1 2014. Read

Largest Auto Insurers Add Market Share in 2013
The largest private passenger auto insurers gained market share in 2013, though the decline in 2012 has not be recouped. A change in ranking among the top five auto insurers. Read

Vehicle Miles Traveled Declined in January
Three of five regions in the U.S. report decreased driving in January compared to 2013. Effects of winter storms may have impacted Northern U.S. Read

Dan Risley, Executive Director of the Automotive Service Association, Provides an Update on NACE 2014
With the NACE Trade Show and Industry Week just over five months away, Risley details planning for the July events in Detroit. Read

A Profile of the Evolving Collision Repair Marketplace
Our four-part annual series, by Vincent Romans and Mary Jane Kurowski, examines the largest shop groups in the industry, their growing market share, and an analysis of the numbers. This year's report expands to include Canada. Read

Shops Rate Insurers:
Collision Repairer Satisfaction Index

Repairers rate the claims handling performance of the nation's 15 largest personal automobile insurers. Read

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Today's News

Recent News

Sep 17
Small Business Optimism Increased in August
Team PRP Recyclers Will Not Endorse PartsTrader
Next GCIA Meeting September 25
Cheaper Crude and Winter-Blends Mean Less Expensive Gasoline
ArcelorMittal Touts 23% Weight Savings for Pickup Trucks with Steels

Sep 16
State Farm Projects Deer Collisions Up 3 Percent
Walmart Expanding Auto Insurance Shopping Site to 11 New States
WIN Kicks Off 2015 Sponsorship Campaign
U.S. House Committee Discusses Future of SBA
I-CAR Announces SEMA Training Schedule

Sep 15
Boyd Group Acquires Champ’s Collision Centers in Louisiana
Global Driverless Vehicle Shipments to Reach 42 Million by 2035
AASP-MN Offers Seminar on Preparing for Aluminum Repair
Auto Body Association of Texas Holds Third Meeting
MoKan CARSTAR Business Group Raises Funds for Make-A-Wish

Sep 12
Mike’s Auto Body Acquires 13th Location in Fremont, California
CARSTAR Announces 12.5 Percent Increase in Q2 Same-Store Sales
AHSS Repairability Project on Agenda at SEMA
ASE Industry Education Alliance Recognizes Instructors
Next CREW Examines the Role of Private Equity and Investment Banks

Sep 11
Cook’s Collision Acquires Holmes Body Shop in Pasadena
Boyd Group Income Fund Announces CA$100 Million Financing Deal
ARA Responds to Louisiana AG’s Comments on Junkyard Parts
Texas Leads Nation in Pickup Truck Thefts
Assured Performance Appoints Three Regional Directors

Sep 10
Boyd Acquires Collision Repair Centers in Georgia and Florida
ABRA Helps Raise $40,000 for Helping Paws
Axalta Breaks Ground on Waterborne Facility in Germany
Fix Auto USA Conference Sold Out

Sep 09
Caliber Acquires Three Locations in Colorado Springs
NACE Will Return to Detroit in 2015
Professional Parts Group Opens Tampa Warehouse
Hertz Announces CEO Steps Down
CARSTAR Cincinnati Business Group Raises $14,000 for Fisher House

Sep 08
ABRA Acquires USA Collision Centers
GM to Introduce Automated Driving Technologies in 2017 Cadillacs
Cooks Collision Expands Dublin, Calif. Location
Guild 21 Conference Call Wednesday Tackles Employee Engagement
Pennsylvania Meeting Scheduled to Discuss Insurance Lawsuits
Niclas Ytterdahl Named President of Vehicle Service Group

Sep 05
LIABRA Meeting Features Toyota Estimating Presentation on Sept. 16
Fuel Economy of New Vehicles Sold at Record High in August
MEMA's Handschuh to Speak to CAWA
WIN Awards Five Student Memberships during CREF Event in Texas

Sep 04
Boyd Opens New Collision Repair Center in Michigan
State Farm App Makes Finding a Select Service Facility Easier
National Respirator Awareness Day Tomorrow
Five Parts Suppliers Joins the CCC Parts Network

Sep 03
Caliber Adds New Location in Houston, Texas Market
Akzo Nobel Reported to be Suitor for Axalta Coatings
Nationwide Insurance Moves to One Brand
ASA Announces Plans to Relocate Headquarters
NABC Board of Director Nomination Deadline Friday
UK - Selsia Signs Exclusive Supply Agreement with LKQ Coatings

Sep 02
ABRA Acquisition Closes
Education Foundation Seeks Sponsors for Student Safety Kits
NABC Sets Date for 20th Annual Golf Fundraiser
OEM Education Resources Panel Featured at Nov 5 NASTF Meeting
Trends Seminar Slated for St. Louis Sept 10

Aug 28
Nearly 30 Million Taking a Road Trip for Labor Day
Education Foundation Announces Scholarship Winners
ASA-PA Announces Capital Direct As Benefit Provider
Canada - Registration Open for CCIF Montreal

Aug 27
Solera Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2014 Results
I-CAR Aluminum Course Available
Industry Trends Seminar Scheduled for Sept 8 in Orlando
PPG Raises Funds for Speedway Children’s Charities
Car-O-Liner Names Trahey Manager of Technical Training

Aug 26
Allstate Ranks Safest Cities to Drive
India Fines 14 Vehicle Manufacturers for Antitrust Violations
Study finds VeriFacts Shops Have Higher Customer Satisfaction
Education Foundation Makeover Grants to be awarded during SEMA
Aluminum Association to Present during SEMA OEM Summit

Aug 25
ABRA Acquires Collision Repair and Auto Glass Centers in North Carolina
Gerber Opens New Collision Repair Center in Washington State
Caliber Opens Collision Repair Facility in Las Vegas
National Auto Auction Association Acquires Kink or Bend LLC
Martin Senour Announces Q4 Training Schedule

Aug 22
Caliber Enters Florida Market with Acquisition of 4 Stores
Axalta Files for Initial Public Offering
New-Vehicle Sales in August Forecast Above July
Industry Rallies to Fight ALS in Support of California Shop Owner
Amazon Shoppers Can Support Collision Industry Foundation
NABC Opens Nominations for 2015 Board of Directors

Aug 21
NHTSA Proposes Rulemaking for V2V Communications Technology
ASA Thanks Farmers for Dropping MFN Clause in New DRP Agreements
Sherwin-Williams Announces Q4 Training Schedule
Automatic Parking Assist Standard on Chevrolet SS
North Carolina High School Instructor Wins Trip to SEMA

Aug 20
Louisiana Attorney General Files Suit Against State Farm
ABRA Adds Franchise Location in Washington State
Energy Dept Grants $55 Million to Advance Efficient Vehicle Technology
O’Reilly Automotive Joins the CCC Parts Network
UK - Just Car Clinics Consolidates Supply Arrangement with LKQ Coatings

Aug 19
Next Sherwin-Williams Ecolean Workshop Set for Phoenix Sept 16-17
ARA 71st Annual Convention and Exposition October 22-25
Garmat USA Announces Sharp Shooter Contest
CARSTAR Adds New Area Director of Operations

Aug 18
ABRA Acquires Tennessee Collision Repair Center
Caliber Collision Opens New Collision Repair Center in Tomball, Texas
Axalta Invests $10.5 Million to Expand Coatings Plant in Mexico
Record $85,000 Raised During Education Foundation Golf Outing
PCI Hosts Policy Briefing with on Innovation and Auto Safety

Aug 15
NABC Members Collaborate at Education Foundation Event in Dallas
Registration Open for PPG MVP Fall Conference Sept 21-23 in Nashville
Green Garage Challenge Announces Free Webinar
Automotive Management Institute Honors Class of 2014
Anest Iwata Names Rick Bennett Eastern Regional Sales Manager

Aug 14
Boyd Group Reports Same Store Sales Up 7.3 percent in Q2
Carlyle Reported Preparing for Axalta IPO
Two Regional Insurers and USAA get Top Grades from Oregon Shops
Survey: Digitally-Empowered Customers Transforming Collision Repair
ASA Honors Member Achievements at 2014 Celebration of Excellence

Aug 13
Small Business Optimism Ticks Up Slightly in July
Nationwide’s 2014 First Half Operating Revenue Grows Six Percent
Education Foundation Dallas Awareness Event this Saturday
PartsTrader Hits 1,000,00th Milestone
Axalta Presents Research on Improving Automotive Coatings

Aug 12
Allstate Wins $1.6 Million Auto Glass Fraud Lawsuit
CEI Named Fleet Accident Manager for Bellevue, Washington
Alcoa Foundation Awards Lightweighting Research Grant
EU - Blackstone Acquires Alliance Automotive Group

Aug 11
ABRA Acquires Missouri and North Carolina Collision Repair Centers
Auto Safety Bill Targets Recalls, Increases NHTSA Funding, Rental Cars
AASP/NJ Labor Pool Offers Shops Help

Aug 8
Auto Parts Executive Pleads Guilty to Bid Rigging and Price Fixing
California Shop Owner Sentenced for Insurance Fraud
Collision King Honored by Farmers Insurance
ACD Joins ARA as Associate Member
UK - Euro Car Parts Acquires 27 Unipart Sites from Administrator

Aug 7
MAACO Opens On-Site Shop for Hertz
Guild 21 Conference Call Features American Honda on August 13
OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit Announced for SEMA
Education Foundation Receives Highest Rating from Charity Navigator

Aug 6
KAR Auction Services Acquires 50 Percent Stake in TradeRev
NACE|CARS Technology Expo Gives Shops First Look at Future Auto Tech
Mitchell Partners With EvoNexus to Drive Technology Innovation
MAACO Joins National Auto Body Council

Aug 5
ABRA Acquired by Hellman & Friedman and Senior Management Team
Mitchell Examines Mid-Size Sedans Sales Impact on Alternative Parts
Survey Shows Concerns Still Exist with Self-Driving Vehicles
ACD Joins National Auto Body Council as Gold Member

Aug 4
AudaExplore and Performance Gateway Announce Partnership
CAPA Experiences Record New Part Approvals
CCC Releases Updated KPI Management Tool
ALLDATA Collision Launches Mobile Access
Uni-Select Announces Appointment of Chief Operating Officer

Aug 1
CRES, Telematics Forum Highlight Today’s Industry Week Schedule
Hertz Opens 17 New Local Edition Locations
LORD Corp and Dow Automotive Announce Distribution Agreement Launches Next Generation eCommerce Tool
I-CAR Launches Technical Support Portal

July 31
LKQ Announces Results for Second Quarter, Acquisitions
Today’s NACE and CARS Schedule
Uni-Select Improved Q2 2014 Financial Results
Former Sterling Autobody President Notte Joins PDR Business
Solera Completes Acquisition of Pittsburgh Glass Insurance Services Div.

July 30
Training Focus of Today’s Events at Industry Week in Detroit
AudaExplore Study Finds Gap in Trust, Satisfaction in Repair Experience
Greco Publishing Names Figurelli Director of Sales
Polke Elected to ASE Board of Governors
I-CAR Adds Kia Information to OEM Technical Information Matrix

July 29
CIC Examines Driverless Cars, Preparing Students for Workforce
NCOIL Affirms Commitment to State Regulation of Insurance
GAAS Board Votes to Defer Educational Event for 2015
Pennsylvania Insurance Fraud Prevention Authority Names Exec. Director
Canada - Axalta Coating Systems Hosts School Instructor Workshop

July 28
Industry Week Descends on Detroit
ABRA Acquires 3 Stores in Missouri and 1 in Washington
Diamond Standard Seeks CAPA Certification for Bumper Reinforcements
Audi to Demonstrate Piloted Driving in Florida
China - BASF Opens Automotive Coatings Plant in Shanghai

July 25
Enterprise Sees Lower Length of Rental for ARMS Users
J.D. Power Reports Summer Is Heating Up New-Vehicle Sales
OEConnection Launches Next Generation CollisionLink
AkzoNobel and Green Garage Announce July 29 Webinar

July 24
Lightweight Metals Institute to be Headquartered in Detroit
Education Foundation Announces Scholarship Winners
UTI and mikeroweWORKS Foundation Award Scholarships
Microsoft Tech Evangelist to Speak at CIECA Symposium

July 23
Carlyle Sells Majority Stake in Service King
CAPA to Provide Parts Certification Program to Korea
SUVs and Crossovers Overtake Sedans as Most Popular Body Style in U.S.
Industry Trends Seminars Scheduled in Texas August 5
NASTF to Hold Fall 2014 General Meeting at AAPEX

July 22
Caliber Opens Third Greenfield Facility in North Texas
CCC and WHI Solutions to Provide eCommerce Suite for Parts Suppliers
Central Paint Joins Refinish Distributors Alliance
AkzoNobel Names Sustainability Challenge Grant Outstanding Students
National Autobody Parts Warehouse Completes ISO Certification Review

July 21
NABC Recycled Rides Vehicle Donations and Extrication Training at NACE
LKQ Donates $114,000 in Parts Through Education Foundation
AccuracyDriven4 Launches Auditing Services Venture
Remanufactured Audio Systems Available Through Four Search Services
July 24 CREW: Thriving as a Repairer in Today’s Marketplace

July 18
ABRA Adds Franchise in Minnesota
CARSTAR Expands in Tacoma
CAPA Not Surprised by Results of Honda Bumper Test
Hyundai Launches Collision Parts Conquest Program

July 17
Service King Acquires Two Collision Repair Centers in Texas
NACE Releases Schedule for Innovation, Technology & Telematics Forum
AMI Announces Scholarship Recipients
ASE Education Alliance Announces Instructor Recognition Program
Bodyshop Revolution Launches in the United States

July 16
Obama Rides in Crash Avoidance Simulator
Mitchell Announces RepairCenter and WorkCenter Enhancements
AkzoNobel Commends Maryland High School Collision Repair Program
Solera Completes Acquisition of UK-based Sherwood Group

July 15
ARA Applauds West Virginia Supreme Court Ruling
Memorial Service Planned for Owner of DJS Fabrications
VeriFacts Recognizes Marco’s Collision Centers for Quality Achievement
CCC to Integrate with Pinnacle Recycling Software
Solera Announces Agreement with Suncorp in Australia and New Zealand

July 14
Wholesale Used Vehicle Prices Declined in June
Last Call to Register for Education Foundation Golf Outing
NABC Campaign Nets Over 1000 Pledges Not to Text and Drive
Solera Completes Acquisition of sachcontrol AG
Canada - Auto Insurance Claims Satisfaction Increases Significantly

July 11
LKQ Will Add Recycled Parts to CCC Parts Network
Boettcher Joins Summit Consulting
U.S. Senate Commerce Chair Proposes Auto Safety Bill
Equipment and Tool Institute Looking for Executive Manager

July 10
Pacific Collision Centers and Elite Group Merge
GCIA Meeting To Detail Labor Rate Survey Results July 24
CCIF Special Event at NACE Examines North American Trends
Collision Industry Foundation 5th Gala Fundraiser January 15

July 9
Small Business Optimism Falls in June
Riverdale Body Shop Opens 10th Chicago-area Location
Caliber Collision Associates Collect Over One Million Meals in Food Drive
Troy Holm Memorial Fund Created to Benefit Collision Repair Students
ARA Announces Keynote Speakers for 71st Annual Convention and Expo

July 8
P/C Insurers’ Profits and Profitability Slipped in the First-Quarter 2014
Service King Joins National Auto Body Council
Diamond Standard Expands Aluminum Replacement Hood Production
DeVilbiss SprayMaster Curriculum Accredited by I-CAR
CARSTAR Adds Training Specialist

July 7
NSW Select Committee Recommends Overhaul of Repair Industry
Caliber Collision Opens Greenfield Facility in West Frisco, Texas
Gerber Acquires Illinois Collision Repair Center
Chuck Schweiger, Owner of DHI Equipment, Passes Away
Guild 21 Wednesday Conference Call Features Tesla’s McDonald
EU - Axalta Approvals Renewed by Mazda Europe

July 2
AAA Projects 34.8 Million Americans to Travel by Automobile for July 4
Twelfth Insurer Recognizes VeriFacts Quality Program
U.S. House Transportation Committee Hosts Driverless Car
I-CAR Marks 35th Anniversary
CCC Adds Carwise Review Plugins Help Repairers Promote Their Shops

July 1
LKQ Corporation and Chrysler Sign License Agreement, End Lawsuit

Caliber Acquires South El Monte, California Collision Repair Center
Industry Turns Out for AASP/NJ Aluminum Training
Skurka Retires from BASF

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