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2018 Midwest Auto Body Trade Show Updates

2018 Midwest Auto Body Trade Show

For Immediate Release:
Contact: Janet Chaney
Phone:  480-720-2565
Email: jchaney.cavecreek@gmail.com


February 16th and 17th, the collision repair industry is showing up to attend the 2018 Midwest Auto Body Trade Show in Des Moines, Iowa. There is a huge demand for education, and the Iowa Collision Repair Association is making sure 2018’s Trade Show is focusing on the current climate of the industry. In addition to a full slate of education and a packed trade show floor, there will be two notable guest speakers at this event.  Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen will speak at the Saturday General Session, and Texas Attorney, Todd Tracy, who won the $42 Million John Eagle lawsuit in Dallas, Texas will be the Keynote Speaker.  Tracy’s ‘Anatomy of a Lawsuit’ explains the Texas lawsuit and how shops can be proactive to “keep sharks like me out of your business,” Tracy states.   


Over 70 booths will fill the trade show floor to bring new technology, new products and new opportunities to the collision repair industry.  The educational line up concentrates, with laser vision, the importance of doing proper repairs.  The seminars and panel discussion start Friday afternoon.  Education for technicians and management continues Saturday morning.  This multi- faceted educational line up brings clarity and opens up the pathway for the collision repairer next steps.  These classes are designed to help shops and industry stakeholders work together to integrate positive change in the industry. See our website for a complete listing of classes, http://iowacra.com/education.


Amongst the education and trade show, seven community colleges will compete in the Midwest Community College Refinish Contest.  LKQ Corporation generously donates car hoods to colleges for the contest. This has become an important tradition, welcoming colleges to bring their students and to experience the entire show. 


Friday night will be the perfect time for the Midwest Collision Industry to meet, catch up and network with all speakers and industry stakeholders at the Trade Show Welcome Reception.


For more information, please go to www.iowacra.com or call Janet Chaney 480-720-2565.



2018 Midwest Auto Body Trade Show

2018 Trade Show to Focus on Climate of Collision Industry Today

Midwest Auto Body Trade Show 2018, Prairie Meadows, Altoona, Iowa

The 2018 Midwest Auto Body Trade Show will be focusing on the current climate of the collision industry right now! 

This event is bringing important new technology, introducing new products, and opportunities to meet with the people bringing this to the market.

 The educational line up at the 2018 show concentrates, with laser vision, the importance of doing proper repairs.  This multi- faceted educational line up brings clarity and opens up the pathway for the collision repairer next steps.   

Iowa Insurance Commissioner, Doug Ommen, has accepted the invitation to speak Saturday at the General Session.   This will be the first time, Commisioner Ommen will have the opportunity to meet many Iowans from the automotive aftermarket industry.  We thank ICRA Lobbyist Scott Weiser for facilitating this engagement.


 Texas Attorney Todd Tracy will wrap up this General Session. His legendary victory of winning a settlement of $42M for the Sebachan’s, a young couple that suffered greatly from the horrific accident that was exacerbated by an improper repair from a previous accident will be explored in ,”The Anatomy Of A Law Suit.”  The Tracy Law Firm’s Crash Lab in conjunction with the Auto Body Association of Texas has scientifically replicated the   Sebachan accident using 3 Honda Fits(the same car as in the accident) . Tracy has videos and will explain the results of the crash test.   Tracy will tell shops what they need to do to protect themselves.  When Tracy spoke in Texas last year he suggested, “Follow these steps/rules and keep sharks like me out of your business.”  

The message of the 2018 Midwest Auto Body Trade Show is clear,” Be Educated, Don’t Be Afraid of Change, Do It Right, You Are Responsible and In Charge Of Your Own Destiny.”

“No matter how well-equipped, well-educated and certified your collision repair facility may be, all of that can be nullified by the pace of industry change……in the blink of an eye.  Membership and active participation in the Iowa Collision Repair Association will keep you informed and ahead of that change.  What are you waiting for ? Sign Up Today for the Midwest Auto Body Trade Show ,”

~ John Arnold, Arnold’s Body Shop, Davenport, Iowa.  Successful shop owner and longtime member of the Iowa Collision Repair Association. 


2018 Trade Show Information and Registration Page: 

 2018 Vendor List    
Arnold Motor Supply
Automotive Refinish Solutions
Billion Automotive
Body Parts Store
Celette North America
Collision Diagnostic Services
Collision Services
Collision service
Charles Gabus Ford
Toyota of Des Moines
KIA of Des Moines 
GYS Welding
Insurance Auto Auctions
JC’s Auto Parts
KDM Distributing
Karl Chevrolet
Langstraat Auto Body Supply
Midwest Air Flow
Team PRP
Spanesi Americas
Tri-State Equipment
Indian Hills Community College
Iowa Lakes Community College
Hawkeye Community College
Iowa Central Community College
Scott Community College
O’Reilly Auto Parts

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




Iowa Collision Repair Association
P.O. Box 1577
Iowa City, IA 52244