Archive for November, 2015

Collision Repair Education Foundation Career Fair 10/21/15

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Brandon Eckenrode, the Director of Development from the Collision Repair Education Foundation, invited us at AIS to participate in an incredible career fair at Granger High School in West Valley City on 10/21/15. According to their websiteIMG_0292 (1) , the I-Car Collision Repair Education Foundation is an organization that “support[s] collision repair educational programs, schools, and students to create qualified, entry-level employees and connect them with an array of career opportunities.”

More than 500 students from more than 6 schools came to meet different companies in the collision industry to give students enriching opportunities toIMG_0294 learn about and pursue careers.  Pertaining to the event, Dixie Finley from Larry H. Miller Collision Centers in Utah said, “The funds raised [from sponsors] will be used to provide student scholarships, tool/equipment grants, and instructor support to help ensure graduating students are ready for employment within the industry. Funds raised here stay here in Utah.”

At AIS we were more than happy to support this event. We shared information with students about our responsibilities as one of the largest suppliers of paint and paint-related products in Utah. We even did giveaways that included AIS apparel, and products such as an Iwata Paint Gun. It was a great opportunity for us to connect with students who shared similar interests in the industry. We look forward to supporting other future events like these. To learn more about this foundation, visit http://collisioneducationfoundation.org/

-Brandon Beardsley

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Category Aerospace, Automotive

AIS Expo 2015 Hope to a Troubled Collision Industry

Friday, November 6th, 2015

 

AIS Expos

With some of  the best looking automotive artwork, and the most experienced auto body repair teams out there, Automotive & Industrial Supply just held their annual “Partners in Profit Collision Industry Symposium Expo” on October 8th, 2015 at Salt Lake Community College. Vendors such as Mirka, 3M, Dynabrade, Evercoat, SEM, PPG, Akzo Nobel, Auveco, BECCA, SATA, TCI, Anest Iwata, ASSET, Urethane Supply Company, Carborundum, Equalizer, USChem, Rex Marketing, The Rail Saver, EZ Clamp, Presta, Motor Guard, Microflex, Malco Tools, and Royce Equipment, came to show off the best auto body products available.

At these shows, vendors give demos and answer questions regarding product and how to do a variety of jobs in a more effective manner. To top it all off, some of the most experienced automotive collision industry keynote speakers come to share some of their knowledge on how stay competitive in such  a difficult industry.

Demos and Products 

Demos ranged from windshield repair kits, to plastic welders, to waterborne gun cleaning machines, a frame rail saving machine, and even an onsite automotive-paint-artist. Nick Stegen from Stegen’s Car Care said that his favorite demo was the Rail Saver. It’s a hydraulic tool that can fix damages/dents in frames and rails on a vehicle. It precisely expands the damages out using a wedge that can then be shaped into its original shape.IMG_1667

Margrit Schneider, the president of Schneider Auto Body & Paint, said that her shop enjoyed the Magna Stitcher from Motor Guard. This machine uses a variety of shaped stakes/staples that heat up and weld into plastics to repair cracks and damages. In the demo they did several repairs on different parts of a bumper. After welding, the repaired area can be sanded and finished to be as strong as it was before.

These hands on demos give auto body shops the opportunity to use these new products and to see if they will be of value in their own company. These new products can make a dramatic difference from parts being replaced to simply being repaired. Other products were showcased to help improve sanding productivity, buffing pads and machines that could buff without overheating panels and without spitting out compound, and much more!

Keynote

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Peter Deluka and David Luehr

Being competitive in a collision industry is a task that is growing more and more difficult especially for smaller “self-owned” auto-body shops. To address this issue, AIS invited David Luehr, a successful consultant for body shops, to share his expertise on how these smaller shops could still have a competitive edge over the intimidating and very large auto body companies.

With decades of experience, Luehr gave motivational instruction, inviting the shops to present themselves in a professional and positive manner. Cody Daniels from Crazy Color said that she learned that, “As an independent you are just as valuable as the larger companies and you have more to offer. It’s all about the customer experience; all the little things count. “ Cody said that after hearing the keynote, she has a determination to pay attention to all the small things that will make her shop a better customer satisfying experience than any other shop.IMG_1666

Nick Stegen liked how Luehr told everyone to be willing to get out of their comfort zone. Nick continued by saying  that we can’t expect a change unless we are willing to step out of our comfort zone and make our companies successful. Margrit Schneider said that she has made a strong effort to make all of the principles shared in the keynote her company focus for years, and when Luehr spoke about this topic, everything she had shared with her technicians were enforced. With a personal goal mind-set to provide the best customer experience, any smaller self-owned body shop can become a powerful competitive auto body shop.

Conclusion

When you combine a great networking opportunity, with trainings, demos, a motivational keynote, good food, and a team that works hard to supply all of these companies, you get an expo that can dramatically improve the productivity of any body shop. Cody at Crazy Color said that she had never gone to any of these events before, but now she will make it a priority because she saw the true value in participating at these events.

At AIS we thank all of our vendors, Salt Lake Community College, David Luehr, and all of those that came to participate in the expo for making it a very enjoyable event. To know about future events please visit our facebook page below.

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-Brandon Beardsley

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Category Automotive