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News   August 15, 2008   by Auto Service World

Three Ontario Associations Join Forces

Automotive recyclers and mechanical and collision repair service providers in Ontario now have a better opportunity to work together in support of key projects and initiatives, and to help further business relationships throughout the automotive service industry.
The three Ontario-based associations with large memberships in the automotive motive power industry in Ontario have agreed to more effectively work together on behalf of service providers.
After a meeting in Burlington, Ontario, the Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association (OARA) representing auto recyclers, the Automotive Aftermarket Retailers of Ontario (AARO) representing automotive mechanical repair facilities, and the Collision Industry Information and Assistance association CIIA, who represent eight regional collision repair associations, have started a process to better help one another and their memberships.
“With almost fifteen hundred members across Ontario, the associations feel that working together more effectively would be one of the best things we could do to help our respective industry sectors and members.
“We had many times in the past worked together to resolve common problems, and have concluded that a formal joint effort to address issues will provide more emphasis, better input and a broader consensus than any of us could achieve independently,” said Bill Burkimsher, executive director of AARO.
The three associations, the largest in Canada’s largest province, are affiliates of the National Automotive Trades Association (NATA), a national umbrella organization serving grassroots automotive service providers from coast-to-coast.
“This was a natural progression for us,” said Steve Fletcher of the recyclers association.
“With the mechanical and collision repair trades as our major customers, our members can now have a better relationship with them.” As well, says Fletcher, “we get much better feedback and keep ourselves better informed and involved on major issues.”
The decision to work more closely was echoed by John Norris for the collision repair industry association. “We had often spoken together about issues that now can be more strongly supported and encouraged by all associations, not just one at a time.”

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