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NWLCRA Meeting

January 5, 2016

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NWLCRA picture of Bossier Parish School of Technology and Innovative Learning.

Our first meeting of the year was at the new Bossier Parish School of Technology and Innovative Learning.  Mark Monroe is the Collision Instructor for the Collision Program and gave us a tour of the Collision classroom and shop.  

The meeting was called to order by Bill Burnside reading the Anti-Trust statement. Mark Monroe led us in prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. It's time to renew membership dues. Also, if anyone would like to be a guest speaker at our meetings, please contact Bill Burnside at (318) 208-3895.  

Bill is our Secretary-Treasurer and also the Manager of our local ColorMaster Paints store.  He announced that they have now been bought by FinishMaster, which has 192 stores from coast to coast.  Also present at our meeting was Richard Cordray, Sales Manager for FinishMaster and over the Texas and now Louisiana region.  

The SKILLS USA for the High School level will be in Houma, Louisiana this year.  It will be April 6th through the 8th this year.  If you would like to be involved, contact Bill for more details.

Nominations for this years officers were as follows:
President - Chris Shepherd
Vice President - Kevin Adams
Secretary/Treasurer - Bill Burnside
The voting will be held at our next meeting in February.

After we concluded with the business side of our meeting, Mark began the tour.  We started with the paint booth.  As you can see from the photo they were Garmat booths.  This new facility was built with the latest equipment and will be great for our students to prepare them for the workforce.  Barry Addison with Garmat was present at our meeting and is in the Sales division for this area.

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NWLCRA picture of Garmat booth at Bossier Parish School of Technology and Innovative Learning.
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NWLCRA picture of Car-O-Liner 3D measuring system at Bossier Parish School of Technology and Innovative Learning.

Next, we went to the Body Shop.  Again, from the photo you can see that Bossier Parish made sure students had the best equipment.  Here is Car-O-Liner's 3D Measuring system.  Dick McDaniel is your contact person for both Garmat and Car-O-Liner, and discussed the importance of 3D measuring.

This photograph shows Car-O-Liner's in ground Speed Rack.  This is one of only 3 in ground Speed Racks in the country.  An outstanding addition to the equipment the Bossier Parish students will be learning with.

NWLCRA picture of Car-O-Liner's in-ground Speed Rack at Bossier Parish School of Technology and Innovative Learning.
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NWLCRA picture of Car-O-Liner Speed Rack in the up position at Bossier Parish School of Technology and Innovative Learning.
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Here,  Dick is talking with Bill Burnside and others about the use of this Car-O-Liner Speed Rack.  Being an in ground allows the student to easily get the vehicle in position.   

Dick discussed how the Collision Industry repaired vehicles before 3D measuring.  He stressed the importance of correctly repairing structural damage to a vehicle and how it can't be done without 3D measuring. 

NWLCRA picture of Car-O-Liner demo of 3D measuring system at Bossier Parish School of Technology and Innovative Learning.
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He stated that without a 3D measuring system, the repair can't be accurately determined.  After using a 3D measuring system, the technician will know exactly what repair is needed. After the repair is made, printouts of before repair and after repair can be placed in the folder for any future reference to verify the repair was made correctly.  From a liability position, a shop not using a 3D measuring system is taking an unnecessary risk.

This Collision Program at Bossier Parish School of Technology and Innovative Learing under Mark Monroe is definitely an asset for the Collision Industry potential labor force!  Mark stated that he is seeing an increase in the students that are enrolling in the program already.  Thanks to Mark and the Bossier Parish School system for letting us have our NWLCRA meeting here.  

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