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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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Friday, February 22, 2013

Chief Helps Equip New Collision Repair Training Centers

Recognizing that the need for education doesn't end at graduation, East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) did more than help establish a new state-of-the-art collision repair training center on its Mesa, Ariz., campus last year. It created two.

With the help of industry partners including Chief Automotive Technologies and its area distributor, Kachina Automotive Equipment, the school set up two top-of-the-line training centers right next to each other. One center is dedicated to EVIT's high school collision repair students. The other is used by industry professionals and manufacturers who invested their resources to train collision repair technicians in Arizona and nationally.

Both facilities include classroom space and a fully equipped shop area for hands-on demonstrations and practice. The equipment includes a Chief Goliath frame rack, EZ Liner Express collision repair system, computerized measuring system and accessories.

"As car manufacturers continue to develop increasingly sophisticated ways to protect the passenger compartment, the techniques we use to repair vehicles is constantly evolving in response," explains Mike Cranfill, Chief vice president. "In order to properly return today's collision-damaged vehicles to OEM specs, it is crucial that technicians stay current on the latest developments in collision theory and repair. This top-notch new facility atEVIT is fully equipped to enable our Chief University instructors to teach technicians from across the region structural damage analysis, computerized measuring, collision theory and design based repair techniques."

Chief held the inaugural industry training event at EVIT in January, leading a full house of professional technicians through its Chief University Design Based Repair and Advanced Frame Analysis courses Jan. 22-25.

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