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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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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Pro Spot Donates $115,000 in Welding Equipment to Collision Repair Schools

While career and technical educators express concerns about future funding proposals by the White House, the collision repair industry continues to step up to support pre-employent training programs.

Pro Spot International Inc. has come to the aid of eight high school and college collision repair school programs through the Collision Repair Education Foundation. Schools received either the Pro Spot PR-2000 Inverter Resistance Spot Welder or the i4 Inverter Resistance Spot Welder, which will aid in the students technical education. The collision school programs were eligible to receive these welders by applying for the Education Foundation’s 2013 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grant.

The schools that received the donated Pro Spot welders include:

  • Herndon Career Center (Raytown, MO)
  • Maxwell High School of Technology (Lawrenceville, GA)
  • West Side Career and Technology Center (Kingston, PA)
  • Assabet Valley Tech High (Marlboro, MA)
  • South Central Technical College-Mankato (North Mankato, MN)
  • Washtenaw Community College (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Linn State Technical College (Linn, MO)
  • Ranken Technical College (St. Louis, MO)

Ron Olsson, President of Pro Spot International, noted, “We are thankful for what the Collision Repair Education Foundation does to help recruit kids into the collision repair industry. There is a shortage of qualified collision repair technicians and we are proud to be a part of something that benefits all parties by educating students on updated equipment that they will ultimately be using in the field.”

“We cannot thank Pro Spot International enough for this incredible welder donation to collision school programs across the country,” said Brandon Eckenrode, Director of Development for the Foundation. “Collision instructors are facing reduced and limited budgets every year and in order to produce the well-trained and entry-level graduates the industry demands, they need the industry’s help. Pro Spot’s generosity will help current and future collision students within these collision school programs.”

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