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Empire Auto Parts Donates Parts to Local High School Through Collision Repair Education Foundation


Students in the collision repair program of Thomas Edison High School in New Jersey show their thanks to Empire Auto Parts for donating parts through the Collision Repair Education Foundation.
Students in the collision repair program of Thomas Edison High School in New Jersey show their thanks to Empire Auto Parts for donating parts through the Collision Repair Education Foundation.

When Randy Bollander, President of Empire Auto Parts, one of the country’s largest aftermarket parts distributors, sat down to breakfast on the final day of the recent ABPA annual meeting, he was eager to learn more about parts certification and the legal wrangling with OEMs.

But after hearing Brandon Eckenrode of the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) make an impassioned speech on the need for industry support for educating and training the next generation of collision repairers, Randy was inspired to take action.

Randy went home from Chicago on a mission. He rallied his troops at Empire’s headquarters in New Jersey and has now instituted a regular program of parts donation to the collision repair programs at local high schools and vocational schools. The first donations went out this month to Thomas Edison High School, for use in the school’s collision repair training program.

The support of industry leaders like Randy Bollander and Empire Auto Parts is an important part of the CREF mission to develop the next generation of auto body repair professionals. For more information about this outstanding organization visit their website at http://collisioneducationfoundation.org.

Parts donated by Empire Auto Parts are delivered to Thomas Edison High School in New Jersey for use in the school's collision repair program.
Parts donated by Empire Auto Parts are delivered to Thomas Edison High School in New Jersey for use in the school’s collision repair program.
A hood assembly is unloaded at Thomas Edison High School in New Jersey, one of many parts donated to the school by Empire Auto Parts, through a program sponsored by the Collision Repair Education Foundation.
A hood assembly is unloaded at Thomas Edison High School in New Jersey, one of many parts donated to the school by Empire Auto Parts, through a program sponsored by the Collision Repair Education Foundation.

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