Collision Repair Industry Meets in Nation's Capitol to Discuss Hot Topics
July 29, 2009
Increasing public recognition of the importance of a particular
service; steering; dealing with OEM parts; and working with insurers-these
are all topics of concern to many in the auto glass industry. It
seems none of these are far from the minds of collision repairers'
either, as evidenced by several meetings being held this week in
Washington, D.C., as part of I-CAR's 30th anniversary conference.
combined collision industry event kicked off with a trade show yesterday,
along with an open board meeting (and several closed meetings) of
the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS).
The association, which has several affiliates across the country
and several regional chapters, heard from executive director Aaron
Schulenburg, who offered an update on the group's activities. Among
these, he noted that he was recently contacted by Adam Bibler, an
economist with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, for information
about the collision repair industry. The group compiles statistics
and information about various industries to distribution throughout
the United States-particularly to high schools and guidance counselors
assisting high school seniors in choosing a career path.
"One of the things that impressed me was the positive light
in which the industry was portrayed," said Schulenburg of the
Schulenberg also recently participated in a roundtable on original-equipment
manufacturers at a meeting of the Alliance of Automotive Manufacturers.
The group asked him to gather the top-10 issues that collision repairers
encounter in which more information from the OEMs would be beneficial.
"That's in our opinion very big for the repair industry,"
He added, "Their difficulty is knowing where they're needed
The marketing committee also offered an update. The committee recently
voted to re-word the group's tagline, which now reads "SCRS:
The Independent Glass Association (IGA) also made a presentation
at the meeting.
"The IGA has a lot of synergies with what collision repairers
face," said Schulenberg in introducing IGA director of operations
"The major issue we're facing at large is steering," Hodge
She added, "This might be something you deal with as well,"
and was greeted with chuckles from the group-and much agreement
from those in the room. Hodge told the group about the IGA's steering
data collection service and other anti-steering efforts.
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