Hoffman Estates, IL – July 17, 2014 – LKQ Corporation has donated $114,000 in parts this year to collision training schools through the Collision Repair Education Foundation, displaying their commitment to the future of the collision repair industry. The parts donated by LKQ allow students the opportunity to practice collision repair on current model vehicle parts. As collision schools are facing reduced budgets, these types of donations are vital to the student’s technical education.
Clark Plucinski, Executive Director of the Foundation stated, “LKQ continues to show their corporate stewardship by donating vehicles, parts – both new and reconditioned – to SkillsUSA for competition, parts to help rebuild Recycled Rides vehicles for needy families and to schools. They continue to find ways to help the schools achieve their goals of producing quality job ready entrants. We can’t thank Mr. Fortner and Mr. Wagman enough for their benevolence.”
”LKQ Corporation realizes the importance of training current and future collision repair technicians. We are honored to be an active member of the Collision Repair Education Foundation. Paying forward is our responsibility and obligation,” said Terry Fortner, Vice President Industry Relations and Market Development, LKQ Corporation.
Industry organizations looking to assist high school and college collision school programs and their students through monetary and/or in-kind product donations should contact Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode at 847.463.5244 or Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org.