HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL – October 7, 2014 – Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes has donated $170,000 in products to high school and post-secondary collision school programs through the Collision Repair Education Foundation. The products included mixing guns, orbital sanders, polishing pads, conditioning brushes, and much more. Instructors around the greater Chicago land area were invited to visit Sherwin-Williams Burr Ridge, IL training facility and select from 16 pallets of products, which will assist collision instructors in being able to teach proper collision repair with up-to-date materials.
“Sherwin Williams Automotive Finishes is proud to be working with the Collision Repair Education Foundation to make a difference in our industry by supporting secondary and post-secondary schools who’s students are currently looking to enter into the collision industry and make it their career noted,” Rod Habel Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes Director of Training Operations.
Kenny McMillian, Collision Instructor at Kennedy King College (Chicago, IL) noted, “Thank you to Sherwin-Williams for allowing our school to receive so much of their paint supplies. I know that running a collision program can be a demanding job with all of the budget restrictions and red tape, just to get a few items at our school, but I must say Sherwin-Williams has come through for us. We had a paint class that had started and for some strange reason the paint supplies that we needed to teach the class never got ordered. I started panicking and didn’t know how I was going to teach the class with no supplies, which was maxed out in the enrollment. Sherwin-Williams stepped up to the plate and donated the supplies we needed to teach the class. I am so grateful to the Collision Repair Education Foundation and Sherwin Williams for helping to support the collision technical schools.”
Fox Valley Technical College Collision Repair and Refinishing Instructor Jerome Goodson noted, “I can’t say enough about the generosity of Sherwin-Williams and the huge amount of donated products that they have provided for the Collision Repair and Refinishing program at Fox Valley Technical College. In times when our ability to purchase the products, supplies, and equipment are stretched to the limit, their generosity helps ensure that our students are learning by using the most up-to-date supplies that they will be seeing as they start their careers. Again, Sherwin-Williams’s generosity is extremely appreciated!”
Collision Repair Education Foundation Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode noted, “Sherwin-Williams comes through for collision schools and instructors each and every year through product donations and instructor training. These types of donations are vital for instructors who have the expectation of providing highly skilled entry-level students but face smaller and smaller program budgets.”
Industry members interested in helping to high school and/or college collision school programs through the Collision Repair Education Foundation should contact Brandon Eckenrode at Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org or 847-463-5244.