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This article originally appeared in the October 2010 Issue of INSIGHT


by Karen Kilbane

Our feature article this month should make any of us who are active in state and national associations stand proud. Read carefully, and I am sure you will be impressed by some of the coordinated, sensible, and determined grass roots actions taken by associations whose members have decided to work together to reach goals that they agree are important. Kudos to the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) for creating its “Affiliate Leadership Conference” and hosting the meeting for the fifth year. SCRS certainly draws a fine group of associates together.

Check out two pieces of information on page 7 this month. Two of our refinish paint providers have launched some interesting programs to help collision repair facility managers and staff to be lean problem solvers. DuPont Performance Coatings has introduced the company’s new learning program, the DPS Learning Academy - Lean Series. PPG has launched a new workshop called Introduction to Problem Solving.

Mitchell International has released the information provider’s latest edition of its Industry Trends Report. Read more on page 8.

Did you attend NACE 2010, decide to switch to SEMA, or feel too confused to stop in at either show? Read some news from the convention on page 12.

Our TrendLine this month (page 18) gives us some troubling numbers. For the first time since INSIGHT introduced this survey, Body Shop Employee Pay Plans, back in 1998, the average weekly paycheck for six of the ten types of employees listed decreased compared to the previous year, at least for shops that responded to the survey. Of particular concern are the drops in take home pay for entry level paint (30 percent less than in 2009) and metal technicians (down 26 percent).

Let’s remember that the future of our Collision Repair Industry is in the hands of our beginners. We will not keep them if we don’t pay them a decent wage.




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