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Collision Repair Education Foundation Press Release



HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL – July 31, 2015 – National Coatings & Supplies (NCS) created a fundraising project this past spring for the Collision Repair Education Foundation where for every gallon of clear that NCS sold, the customer, participating paint manufacturers (AkzoNobel, Axalta, BASF, and PPG Automotive

 Refinish), and NCS each had the opportunity to donate one dollar. The result was a $50,000 donation to the Education Foundation to assist in their abilities to support high school and college collision school programs across the country.

NCS President and CEO Wayne Lavrack noted, “We recognize and support the work that the Collision Repair Education Foundation is doing to bring awareness to the employment opportunities that exist within the collision repair industry. The industry is facing a need to fill a shortfall of skilled talent. National Coatings & Supplies will continue to support measures to bring new talent to the collision industry. We would like to thank our paint manufacturer partners and customers for their contribution to this very important industry fundraiser.”

Collision Repair Education Foundation Executive Director Clark Plucinski noted, “I would like to thank the entire NCS team, their customers, and paint manufactures for their continued commitment of supporting the Education Foundation’s work towards supporting high school and college collision school programs. Their aid in supporting our mission through their fundraising activities and ongoing product donations helps us to improve the performance of the 1,100 collision school programs; 66,000 students; and 2,000 instructors that depend on us.  It truly touched me when the NCS team came to us and asked what they can do to help. A special thanks to the NCS team for all of their incredible efforts, kindness and benevolence.”

Industry members interested in joining the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s supporters and assist high school and post-secondary collision school programs should contact Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode at 847.463.5245 or

 Kevin Nelson-VP of Sales presenting donation check to Brandon Eckenrode-Director of Development
Kevin Nelson-VP of Sales presenting $50,000 check to Brandon Eckenrode-Director of Development


New Store!!


We are pleased to announce our merger with Erkert Brothers in Blue Island, IL.  Founded in 1913 as a tire store by William C. Erkert, the company was sold to his borthers in 1931 and incorporated in 1934.  Erkert Brothers Inc. entered the PBE business in 1937, becoming the first jobber in the Chicago area to distribute DuPont automotive finishes.  Please welcome Rick and his team to the NCS family.