HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL – February 3, 2014 – The Collision Repair Education Foundation today announced that the Alcoa Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Alcoa, the world’s leading aluminum company, awarded the Collision Repair Education Foundation a $60,000 grant that will provide aluminum repair focused training and technical presentations to high school and college collision school instructors and industry professionals attending the NACE 2014 show (the International Autobody Congress and Exposition) at Detroit’s Cobo Hall July 28-August 2. Working together with I CAR, collision school instructors will attend aluminum specific training sessions in Detroit the week of NACE and aluminum technical presentations and panels will be conducted on the NACE show floor. As more and more of today’s and future vehicles are being constructed with aluminum, it is crucial that current and future repair professionals complete aluminum repair technical training in order to repair consumer’s collision damaged properly.
“Aluminum is the second most used material to build cars and has grown every year for the past 40 years, so it’s not a new material to the auto industry,” said Michael Murphy, Vice President – Commercial for Alcoa Automotive. “However we know that some in the market would like to understand better how they can work with and repair aluminum. Our goal in teaming-up with the Collision Repair Education Foundation, I-CAR and all the partners at NACE is to educate people and have them understand that repairing aluminum isn’t difficult…it’s just different.”
Collision Repair Education Foundation Executive Director Clark Plucinski noted, “After the overwhelming success of the 2013 Alcoa Foundation grant where collision instructor and student pairs attended aluminum repair technical training at the I CAR Tech Center, we were thrilled to hear that Alcoa has increased their level of support with this new grant. Working together with I-CAR and in conjunction with the NACE 2014 show this grant will help bring additional aluminum repair training to both collision school instructors and attending industry professionals.”
The Automotive Service Association (ASA) President Dan Risley added, “Alcoa’s commitment to educate instructors and the collision repair industry on aluminum repairs is unparalleled. In addition to the classes and material presented by I-CAR on aluminum, we will be assembling a showcase on the show floor highlighting current model vehicles that are aluminum intensive. We anticipate providing live demonstrations on proper aluminum repair techniques to further supplement an already outstanding lineup of aluminum content and information.”
Additional information on Alcoa can be found at www.alcoa.com/automotive
Information about NACE 2014 can be found at www.NaceExpo.com. Questions about the aluminum training grant and/or the Collision Repair Education Foundation can be directed to Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode at 847.463.5244 or Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org.
About Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately $460 million. Founded 60 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than $570 million since 1952. In 2012, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than $21 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships to improve the environment and educate tomorrow’s leaders for careers in manufacturing and engineering. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa’s thousands of employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in the communities where Alcoa operates. Through the Company’s signature Month of Service program, in 2013, a record 62 percent of Alcoa employees took part in nearly 1,300 events across 24 countries, benefiting more than 505,000 people and 1,900 nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.alcoafoundation.com and follow @AlcoaFoundation on Twitter.
A global leader in lightweight metals engineering and manufacturing, Alcoa innovates multi-material solutions that advance our world. Our technologies enhance transportation, from automotive and commercial transport to air and space travel, and improve industrial and consumer electronics products. We enable smart buildings, sustainable food and beverage packaging, high-performance defense vehicles across air, land and sea, deeper oil and gas drilling and more efficient power generation. We pioneered the aluminum industry over 125 years ago, and today, our 60,000 people in 30 countries deliver value-add products made of titanium, nickel and aluminum, and produce best-in-class bauxite, alumina and primary aluminum products. For more information, visit www.alcoa.com, follow @Alcoa on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Alcoa and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Alcoa.
I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, was founded in 1979 by the collision repair Inter-Industry as not-for-profit training organization. For more than 30 years, I-CAR has developed and delivered the highest-quality technical training to professionals in all areas of collision repair through its vast network of dedicated instructors and volunteers. I CAR offers a variety of training options through its flagship Professional Development Program™ (PDP) and recognizes training accomplishments through the industry-known Gold Class™ and Platinum™ recognition programs. The PDP offers a comprehensive, performance-focused training experience, providing industry professionals the knowledge required to perform successfully in their specific roles. It offers an opportunity to progress, over the course of one’s career, by building on prior levels of experience and training, and the knowledge that comes from them. More information can be found at www.i-car.com.