Three Mass. auto service associations merge

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May 27, 2010—After years of division and 18 months of negotiations, the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Massachusetts (AASP/MA), the Massachusetts Auto Body Association (MABA) and the Central Massachusetts Auto Rebuilders Association (CMARA)—three of Massachusetts’s largest automotive associations—have merged to create one statewide association on May 24.

The AASP/MA name will be used going forward and membership is open to people in both the collision and mechanical repair industries.

“This is truly a memorable event for our industry,” said former AASP/MA President, now Vice President, Rick Starbard. “This [merger] wasn’t thrown together off the cuff. This was about determination, fence-mending, friendship rekindling and a lot of hard work on behalf of all three associations’ officers.”

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