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Collision repair is about people helping people

who find themselves in a difficult situation, often through no fault of their own. It’s not just about putting cars back together — it’s about making people whole again. The collision repair community — including body shops, paint, parts, equipment and insurance companies — has been doing this for a long time.

And sometimes, the collision industry goes above and beyond the call of duty to make things a little bit brighter for those less fortunate. This section honors the shops and suppliers that take that additional step.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

BASF Donates Waterborne Paint and Equipment to Kansas School

Washburn Institute of Technology in Topeka, Kansas, received a waterborne technology equipment upgrade through the generosity of BASF. The donation was made through the Collision Repair Education Foundation and included paint and related equipment to convert the school to waterborne refinish technology.

The school was selected as they applied for the Ultimate Collision Education Makeover grant in 2011. BASF also donated $5,000 to the Collision Repair Education Foundation towards the organization's general campaign fund that provides their annual collision student scholarships, school grants, and the annual Ultimate Collision Education Makeover $50,000 school grant.

BASF OEM & Industry Relations Manager, Joseph Skurka, stated, "We recognize the crucial role educational institutions play in the collision repair industry. Automotive technology is changing at an ever increasing rate. Having access to the latest, most relevant tools and information is essential for a technician to succeed. We're proud to support organizations that ultimately help our customers and the collision repair industry thrive."

Washburn Institute of Technology Auto Collision Instructor Eric Showalter noted, "Through donations like this and partnerships with awesome suppliers like BASF, we can now train real time with state of the art equipment and emerging technologies. This puts our graduating students on the fast track to great job opportunities."

Industry organizations looking to assist collision school programs through monetary and/or in-kind product donations should contact Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode at 847.463.5244 or Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org.

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