Monday, September 26, 2011

Six CARSTAR Stores Recognized for Outstanding Achievements in

Education and Safety

OVERLAND PARK, KS (September 26, 2011) –CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts has added three new awards for safety and education, and recognized the winners this week at the annual CARSTAR conference in Seattle.


CARSTAR CEO David Byers joined select safety and education partners to honor each winner on stage during the annual awards ceremony on Sunday evening.


Outstanding Achievement in Employee Safety and Environmental Compliance


Ed Gapsch, owner of Gapsch's CARSTAR Collision Center, accepts award from Willie Ramirez.


Presented by Colette Bruce, owner of Team Safety, LLC, the award for Outstanding 10 Year Achievement in Employee Safety and Environmental Compliance recognizes the long-standing contributions these stores have made toward educating employees about and encouraging compliance on safety and environmental standards.  The winners include:


·         Gapsch’s CARSTAR Collision Center - St. Louis, MO

·         Kurt’s CARSTAR Collision Center – Maryville, IL

·         Steve’s CARSTAR Auto Body – Arnold, MO

·         Charlie’s CARSTAR Auto Body – Cahokia, IL


CARSTAR Future Impact Award

Clay Hansen accepts the CARSTAR Future Impact Award on behalf of CARSTAR Salt Lake City Business Group.


The CARSTAR Future Impact award, presented by the Collision Repair Education Foundation, recognizes CARSTAR stores who contribute to technical education. Scott Kruger, Executive Director, and Brandon Eckenrode, Associate Director, honored the CARSTAR Salt Lake City Business Group for their efforts.


The Collision Repair Education Foundation also recognized the CARSTAR corporate team for contributing work shirts to technical students around the country.


Outstanding Achievement in Education & Training


Eric Grossman, owner of Eric's Auto Center CARSTAR, accepts award for Outstanding Achievement in Education and Training.


The award for Outstanding Achievement in Education and Training went to the CARSTAR franchisee who has one of the longest tenures as an I-CAR Gold certified store -- Eric’s Auto Center CARSTAR in Tucson, AZ, owned by Eric Grossman.  Grossman has been I-CAR Gold certified for 21 years, one of only three companies in the country to hold that distinction.


CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts offers high-quality, reliable repair service in 30 states and 10 Canadian provinces.  Just call 1-800-CARSTAR when you need a vehicle repair and they will send the tow truck, contact your insurance company, arrange for a rental car and repair your car. For more information and store locations, visit




CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts is the largest group of branded collision repair facilities in North America with over 400 locally owned and operated locations in 30 states and 10 Canadian provinces. CARSTAR is committed to providing consistent quality services to our customers and insurance partners and has repaired more than 2.5 million vehicles since it was founded in 1989. Our technicians and front office staff receive ongoing training to ensure they are qualified to work on any vehicle. Customer satisfaction is our number one priority as we consistently lead the industry in customer satisfaction ratings.



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