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3M provides the Automotive, Heavy Duty Truck and Commercial Vehicle industry with premium solutions to repair damaged vehicles properly the first time.  We provide education and product systems such as sanding and grinding abrasives, body fillers, buffing and polishing products as well as spray equipment and paint tools.


Imron®, Axalta’s well-known and industry-leading polyurethane, serves as a cornerstone product providing decades of colorful, tough, durable performance for the commercial transportation market. Axalta scientists have developed a comprehensive portfolio of coatings that meet the industry’s rigorous standards for performance, appearance, corrosion protection, and gloss and color retention. Whatever the application, age or condition of your commercial vehicle, our product lines are specifically designed to deliver the results you need. Imron Elite is the original factory finish on six of the seven major heavy-duty truck manufacturers which makes the brand the leading choice for commercial vehicle manufacturers.

Bee Line

Bee Line manufactures Wheel Alignment, On-truck Tire Balancing and Frame Correction Equipment for Heavy Duty Trucks and Trailers. Located in Bettendorf, Iowa USA, Bee Line designs, manufactures and sells a variety of cutting edge products while providing unparalleled training and customer service to its valuable clients around the world. Bee Line provides a complete solution with equipment that measures and corrects caster and camber – resulting in TOTAL wheel alignment, along with heavy duty truck frame correction equipment that includes exclusive optical frame assessment capabilities. The Company remains relentlessly committed to continuous technological advancement to support the ever-changing HD industry.


Chief is the heavy-duty industry’s premier provider of collision repair solutions. Our single source provider offering includes: frame pulling equipment, computerized measuring, welders (spot, Mig/Mag and aluminum), HD rivet guns, fume and dust extraction and wheel service equipment (alignment, tire changers and wheel balancers). Local sales and service is key to our philosophy, meaning you’ll never have to go far for world-class support. Headquartered in Madison, IN, we are a brand of Vehicle Service Group and part of the Dover Corporation.

Vogel Paint

With more than 90 years of experience in the coatings business, Vogel Paint brings the same experience that made us one of the top 20 paint companies in the United States to the world of fleet coatings. With outstanding coverage and extreme ease of use, Diamond Fleet ?nishes make it easy to deliver consistent, premium-quality results with superior durability for today’s commercial vehicles.

With the newest technology available, Diamond Fleet Systems have been specially developed for truck and fleet collision centers, OEM truck manufacturers, OEM builders of specialty truck bodies, bus manufacturers, fire/emergency vehicle manufacturers and anyone else looking for superior coatings for the commercial or fleet vehicle industry. For more information please visit us at

Global Finishing Solutions

A leading manufacturer of paint booths and finishing technology, Global Finishing Solutions® (GFS) provides collision centers across the globe with equipment and services that improve shop productivity and paint finish quality. With roots in the finishing industry dating back to 1888, GFS is experienced at designing and building high-quality finishing equipment for businesses that refinish cars, trucks or large vehicles such as semis, buses and RVs. The majority of GFS’ products are made in the U.S. at their 340,000-square-foot facility in Osseo, Wisconsin. Precision engineered and manufactured of heavy-duty materials, GFS paint booths and finishing equipment are designed to last many years.


Hunter Engineering Company® is the world leader in manufacturing heavy-duty wheel alignment systems, heavy-duty lifts, inspection systems, wheel balancers and tire changers built for maximum efficiency and load capacity. Hunter’s wide range of heavy-duty service equipment is approved and used by vehicle manufacturers, automobile and truck dealers, tire dealers and service facilities around the world. Since 1946, when Automotive Hall of Fame inductee Lee Hunter founded Hunter Engineering, the company has built a reputation for innovation and visionary leadership in the application of the newest technologies to automotive undercar and truck service. For additional information, visit our website at or contact your local Hunter® representative at


I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, is an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing the information, knowledge and skills required to perform complete, safe and quality repairs.

Formed in 1979 out of a collaboration across the six segments of the collision repair Inter-Industry, I-CAR serves — and is represented by — all segments of the Inter-Industry:

  • Collision repair
  • Insurance
  • Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs)
  • Education, training and research
  • Tools, equipment and supply
  • Related industry services

I-CAR’s focus is to provide everyone involved in collision repair with access to high-quality, industry-recognized training solutions. I-CAR also encourages and supports ongoing conversations in the industry on issues that impact collision repair. I-CAR delivers its services and training throughout the United States. I-CAR training content is also licensed for distribution in CanadaAustralia and New Zealand.

Kent Automotive

For over 70 years Kent Automotive has supplied the transportation industry  repair centers in North America with high-performance repair products such as: fasteners, adhesives, sealers, cleaners, body hardware, cutting tools, abrasives, safety and electrical products.  Kent’s product training, inventory management , and profit enhancing programs for service and collision make for an excellent business partnership opportunity.


Headquartered in San Diego, California, Mitchell International, Inc. delivers smart technology solutions that simplify and accelerate claims handling and repair processes, driving more accurate, consistent and cost-effective resolutions. Mitchell integrates deep industry expertise into its workflow solutions, providing unparalleled access to data, advanced analytics and decision support tools. Mitchell’s comprehensive solution portfolio and robust SaaS infrastructure connect its customers in ways that enable tens of millions of electronic transactions to be processed each month for more than 300 insurance companies, over 30,000 collision repair facilities and countless other Property & Casualty industry supply partners across the Americas and Europe.


Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV) is a holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce International brand commercial and military trucks, proprietary diesel engines, and IC Bus brand school and commercial buses. An affiliate also provides truck and diesel engine service parts. Another affiliate offers financial services.


Property Damage Appraisers (PDA) is the nation’s leading independent appraisal company.

We’re more than just an auto appraiser. We’re a leader in auto, heavy equipment, marine, motorcycle, property and recreational vehicle damage estimates and lease turn-in inspections.

We have 650 expert appraisers across the country who are fast, efficient and accurate. Our superior service helps customers save money in the long run.

We use advanced technology and measurements to complete inspections. Our solutions include PDA Xpress, a web-based photo damage estimate tool and our PDA Claims Management Solution. For more, visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.



When the focus is on heavy-duty vehicle finishes and repair, PPG offers the most comprehensive and reliable array of proven technologies, total color solutions and best-in-class service in the industry. PPG offerings include:

  • The DELFLEET® Evolution and DELFLEET ESSENTIAL® brands featuring products with a demonstrated ability to meet the quality and  performance demands of the commercial truck, bus and body builder repair/refinish segments;
  • The unique AdjustRite® online commercial estimating system;
  • Advanced, easy-to-use color-matching tools and compact mixing schemes;
  • Expertise in enhancing collision center productivity and efficiency;
  • The industry’s most extensive and accessible training and support programs.


Since 1979, SCA Appraisal Co. – Specialty Division, has been an industry leader in Heavy Truck and Equipment Material Damage Appraisal. With a nationwide network of H/E Certified Appraisers combined with an internal staff of H/E Experts, SCA maintains a level of appraisal accuracy and quality unequalled in the industry. SCA’s H/E appraisal precision is achieved due in part via the nationwide utilization of the AdjustRite Commercial Estimating System, their rigorous quality assurance review process by internal H/E Experts and their continuous involvement in the H/E community. The leading commercial insurers recognize SCA Appraisal – Specialty Division as a true authority in Heavy Truck and Equipment Material Damage Appraisal.


Audatex, a Solera company, is a leading provider of software and services for the automotive insurance claims processing industry. Our solutions consider all parties in the supply chain and cover the complete claim cycle from initiation through repair or valuation to settlement.  We build our technology around comprehensive vehicle databases including one specific for heavy-duty vehicles. Plus, even more coverage coming in a next generation database that will cover classes 5 to 8 for 19 manufacturers, 89 models and 318 sub models.


Beginning in 1989, Spanesi has become the global leader by producing the highest quality collision repair tools and equipment available. Today, the OEM’s have spoken and Spanesi is quickly becoming the choice for OEM certification programs around the globe.

Spanesi is the only company to offer a complete 360o Solution for the automotive and heavy-duty truck collision repair industry. From structural repair benches, three-dimensional electronic measuring systems, vacuum systems, prep stations, spray booths, spot welders (aluminum, steel and silicon-bronze) and squeeze-type resistant spot welding equipment, no other company comes close to the product offerings being delivered to facilities every day.

Unicure Spraybooths

UniCure Spraybooths is a product of Interstate Marketing Corporation.  As a second generation, family owned business in Nashville, TN, we have been serving our customers since 1980!  Our experienced team is ready to assist with all aspects of your project.  Our sales and engineering staff will help determine how to meet your specific needs whether using a standard model or a custom design.  UniCure has a long history of providing booths to the heavy duty market including truck dealers, independent repair shops, and manufacturing.  Our Mission is to “Improve our customer’s quality, productivity, and profits year after year.


We’re more than a supplier. Established in 1969, Wurth USA is the premier provider of high quality products and services for the Trucking maintenance and repair industry. Everyday, over 400 dedicated Würth sales representatives provide inventory management solutions, exceptional products, and unparalleled service for our fleet customers throughout the United States. Wurth USA’s goal is simple: to increase your bottom line by reducing downtime and repair costs.