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Midwest Auto Body Trade Show Breaking Records

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The Iowa Collision Repair Association announced Thursday that attorney Todd Tracy, who made headlines with a $31.5 million verdict against a Texas body shop, will deliver the keynote address at the 2018 Midwest Auto Body Trade Show in February.     “The 2018 show is responding to the current demands of the collision repair industry,” the ICRA wrote. “Keynote Speaker will be Attorney Todd Tracy who won the $42M lawsuit for improper repairs in Texas. In his presentation, he gives hands-on engineering techniques that will enable body shops to conduct more detailed repair estimates as they begin to start thinking like crashworthiness experts. In addition, Tracy will discuss strategies for shops ‘to keep people like him out of their business.’”   A Dallas County jury found that John Eagle Collision Center’s failure to follow OEM repair procedures for a 2010 Honda Fit during a more than $8,000 hail repair increased the severity of a collision for the vehicle’s next owners, Matthew and Marcia Seebachan.

“That Is 42 million reasons to attend  the Midwest Auto Body Trade Show,” Janet Chaney, ICRA Executive Director states, “We are predicting a record turnout at the Feb. 16-17, 2018, event.”          Leading industry educators will fill the compelling updated training agenda focusing on the new challenges facing repairers.  “We want to help everyone find a starting place,” says Trade Show Chairman, Dick Merron.  “70 vendors fill the trade show floor bringing updated equipment, product demonstrations, door prizes and more.    The show will also feature the Iowa Community College Refinish Competition, which the ICRA notes delivers “some very innovative and crazy hoods.” “Our students really like being involved with the show,” Des Moines Community College collision repair Chairman Gary Sanger said in a statement, “it is encouraging to see the industry reach out.”

The  Midwest Auto Body Trade Show is free for attendees.  This is THE place to network with your peers and begin your next step into the future.

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2018 Midwest Auto Body Trade Show

Welcome to the
2018 Midwest Auto Body Trade Show


Featuring Todd Tracy,

the Texas Attorney who won the Lawsuit due to improper repairs.


“ A Texas jury has awarded a couple $42 million for a fiery crash that the couple blamed in part on the improper replacement of the used car’s roof using adhesive rather than welding.” Davie Hinshaw The Charlotte Observer file

That Is 42 million reasons to fill the Midwest Auto Body Trade Show


We want to thank you for participation in this great regional show and look forward to working with you to make it even better in 2018!

We anticipate greater crowds this year and with your assistance and enthusiasm we will exceed expectations!

Remember – 42 Million Reasons

Vendor Registration is OPEN:

See 2018 Booth Registration Information below

Attendee Registration is OPEN:

Midwest is Shaking It Up in 2018

  • Texas Attorney Todd Tracy who won the $42M lawsuit due to improper repairs, and Keynote Speaker for this years event
  • Trade Show Open Friday and Saturday (Set Up Friday Morning – Tear Down Saturday Evening)
  • Collision Repair Education Foundation Bringing Students in Friday For The Show
  • Collision repairers to meet students and potential hiring opportunities – show them a bright future
  • “There Is No Free Lunch” is no more. Hot Dog Stands In Trade Show – Working Lunch (still not free)
  • More Educational Break Out Sessions Focused on: Proper Repairs, Liability In Your Shop, Calibration Hands On Demonstration AND MORE
  • Community College Refinish Contest


Prairie Meadows
1 Prairie Meadows Drive
Altoona, IA 50009

~Trade Show Rate $109.00~

~ Group Code02052018MID ~

February 16 & 17, 2018 

Feb 16:
Exhibit and Tradeshow Hours: 12:00pm – 3:00pm 
Welcome Party in Trade Show: 6:00pm – 10:00pm

Feb 17:
Exhibit and Trade Show Hours: 10:00am – 6:00pm




2018 Membership

Iowa Collision Repair Association Membership

Strength in numbers is a winning strategy for you! Join the ICRA Today
ICRA Successes
1. Revised Iowa Sales Tax – retaining an average of 10% on shops bottom line
2. Legislative Representation at the Iowa State Capital
3. First State in America to pass legislation to stop counterfeit air bags
4. Education – Up To Date and Critical Education –
‘were you at this important meeting with Mitch Becker Oct. 18th?’
5. Midwest Auto Body Trade Show February 2 and 3rd, 2018
6. Networking – Communication – Top Minds IN This Industry Working Together
Be Part Of your Industry – Or Not, Which Could Be a Dangerous Choice



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ICRA 2017 Fall Meeting “You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know”

This  ICRA Fall Meeting will be at Prairie Meadows, October 18th.  Happy Hour – no host bar 5:30 – 6:00.  Dinner Meeting   6:00-8:30.

We are calling this meeting “You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know” because  so much change and information is being hurled at our industry, we have to put our stake in the ground and start to get the proper training and be the best at repairing the new automobile.   As I-CAR reminds us, it is a “tsunami of change.”  

Mitch Becker will be bringing a comprehensive overview  of the training we need to focus on.  Pre-scan, Post-scan, diagnostics, welding new material, calibration and post repair inspection  will be part of this presentation.  

ICRA Legislative Affairs, Scott Weiser will update the association about what is happening in Des Moines and what legislative issues we will address. 


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Iowa Collision Repair Association
114 NW 5th St, Ste 201
Ankeny, IA 50023-1742