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Friday January 7

Gary Ledoux to Write Collision Repair Industry History Book

Gary Ledoux, known to many in the collision industry as the Assistant National Manager for American Honda’s Wholesale Parts Marketing department has announced that he has begun what is expected to be a two-year personal project, the compilation and writing of the history of the Collision Repair Industry in America.

“This is something that has not been done before,” said Ledoux. “Many people have labored long and hard to make the auto collision repair business the professional and vibrant industry it is today – but few know them. Many milestones were passed, and many innovations made, but few recognized them. With the help of my industry friends and associates, that will soon be changed.”

Ledoux is seeking historical information from any and all sectors of the Collision Repair Industry, including paint and equipment suppliers, people with knowledge of early repair technology, early estimating technology, insurance DRP development, industry media development – any facet of the Collision Repair Industry. Also expected to be covered are other related areas such as the history of auto safety and collision avoidance systems and devices, as well as civil engineering and traffic control.

“I am also looking for the oldest continuously-operated body shop in America” noted Ledoux. “Whoever that is certainly deserves a special profile in this book.”

To facilitate communication and the collection of data, Ledoux has developed a dedicated web site – www.collisionrepairhistory.com, and a dedicated e-mail address – collisionrepairhistory@yahoo.com.

Ledoux writes as a hobby. He has produced four books about American history, and for the past seven years has produced a column called Yesterwest seen in two different history magazines. He is a former contributing editor for Power Equipment Trade magazine and Motorcycle Industry magazine.

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