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NORTH PALM SPRINGS, Calif., January 6, 2010 – Gary Ledoux, known to many in the collision industry as the Assistant National Manager for American Honda’s Wholesale Parts Marketing department is pleased to announce that he has begun what is expected to be a two-year personal project, the compilation and writing of the history of the collision repair industry in America.
"This is something that has not been done before." says Ledoux. "Many people have labored long and hard to make the auto collision repair business the professional and vibrant industry it is today – but few know them. Many milestones were passed, and many innovations made, but few recognized them. With the help of my industry friends and associates, that will soon be changed."
Ledoux is seeking historical information from any and all sectors of the collision repair industry including paint and equipment suppliers, people with knowledge of early repair technology, early estimating technology, insurance DRP development, industry media development – most any facet of the collision repair industry. Also expected to be covered are other related areas such as the history of auto safety and collision avoidance systems and devices as well as civil engineering and traffic control.
"I am also looking for the oldest continuously-operated body shop in America" says Ledoux. "Whoever that is, certainly deserves a special profile in this book."
Ledoux writes as a hobby. He has produced four books about American history and for the past seven years has produced a column called Yesterwest seen in two different history magazines. He is a former contributing editor for Power Equipment Trade magazine and Motorcycle Industry magazine.
CRA president Lee Amaradio announced [Feb 2, 2010] that Toby Chess will work with the association in a campaign to inform key California lawmakers and regulators about the inherent risks associated with the use of certain aftermarket safety parts.
Amaradio stated, “I’m pleased that Toby Chess is willing to commit his expertise and research to improve the quality of structural repairs that affect the safety of a vehicle. The CRA has been bringing the message of safety first to lawmakers for the past three years. They’ve listened, they’ve nodded, but with a few key exceptions, they’ve voted not to change the status quo. Now it is time for action. With Toby’s help we are going to demonstrate why inferior aftermarket parts are dangerous.”
Chess added, “I am committed to protecting consumers and advancing the expertise of the collision industry in the area of safe repairs.”
CRA executive director Allen Wood stated that the CRA has already asked the Office of Insurance Commissioner Poizner to sign up for the Chess demonstration. He said that key members in the State Senate and the State Assembly and Congress would also be invited to view first-hand the structural differences between high-strength steel and inferior aftermarket metals. The Chess demonstration, in part, shows how a hacksaw is unable to cut high-strength steel while aftermarket metals easily cut.