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Auto Body Repair Technicians Receiving Long-Overdue Recognition


“Time” journal has its Person of the Year Award. Rock & Roll & Footy / Baseball / Basketball / Hockey all have a Hall of Fame. Politician, musicians, actors & sports stars are used to being put in the spotlight, but have you ever heard of an Spokane Auto Body repair person taking middle stage? Probably not. Other than a handshake and/or a tip for a job well done, it is usually a thankless job.

All of that is about to change with ATCOA’s recent launch of the Auto Body Man Hall of Fame. Short for Air Tool Corp. of The united states, ATCOA manufactures the straightline sanders used in repair shops across the country. The corporation recently issued a press release urging all auto body repair craftsmen & their projects to put their name in the running for induction in to its Hall of Fame.

According to that news release, “The Auto Body Man Hall of Fame has been established to acknowledge the contributions of the hard working craftsmen, designers & artists involved in all aspects of auto body repair.” The HoF was founded by Karl Selander, who has devoted the whole of his career to the work. You can also visit spokaneautobody.com to get more details.

It is exactly that type of devotion that is the impetus behind the recognition program. “The Hall of Fame is intended to celebrate the hard work & creativity of the men & females that have done the hard work of repairing auto bodies & those that have custom-made them to an art form,” ATCOA explains.

It is a kind of recognition that Selander believes “is long overdue.” To that finish, he’s “made a dedication to preserve the lives, personalities & history of the auto body repair industry.” Craftsmen who enroll & are chosen on the basis of pride in their work receive permanent induction in to the Auto Body Man Hall of Fame. In essence, it elevates a blue collar job to celebrity status.

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