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ICRA Meeting

Iowa’s Midwest Auto Body Trade Show is taking place tomorrow, February 19th from 2-7pm at the Sheraton West Des Moines. Free admission gets you access to the approximately 60 vendor booths, the chance to view the Ford F150 Military Grade Aluminum Pick-Up and the ability to participate in the Community College Refinish Contest. Visit www.iowacra.com […]

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Construction of Second Paint Booth

The walls were poured on January 8, the booth floor was poured on January 12. Also on January 12, the semi with the actual paint booth was delivered. An assembly crew from Rhonde Island and a master assembler engineer came from the State of Washington. By the time you read this post, we should have […]

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Ankeny Auto Body Fire Update

Read about Phase 1 after the fire. We continued to paint at Ace Body & Motor 1 for the next 4 plus weeks. The paint department, prep at Ankeny Auto Body 1 and refinish at Ace Body and Motor 1 averaged 2 cycles per day, which is about half of our normal production. This process […]

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How a Collision Repair Center is Affected by Fire – Follow Up

I recently wrote about how our experience at the shop dealing with a fire in our paint booth. Now we’re just trying to get business back to the usual. One of our new daily activities is transporting vehicles from Ankeny Auto Body 1 to Ace Body & Motor 1, one of our partners in 1Collision […]

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How a Collision Repair Center is Affected by Fire

I returned from the Iowa Collision Repair Association state meeting on October 23rd at 11:30pm. I came to work the next day, Friday, and my painter came into my office at 9:45am and tells me that our paint booth is on fire! It turns out that the fire started in the heat exchanger which was […]

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Process Centered Environment

PCE is a journey down the “Lean” production trail incorporating Toyota’s proven processes known as the Toyota Production System and Six Sigma and Pull production systems. Akzo Nobel, parent company of Sikkens, our paint partner, has incorporated the above three world renown production systems into the collision repair industry and refers to their program as […]

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