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Hovis Auto & Truck Supply opens technical training facility

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Jan. 18, 2012—Hovis Auto & Truck Supply on Tuesday opened its new Hovis Technical Training Center in Mercer, Pa. 

Hovis Auto & Truck Supply said the 10,000-square-foot training facility is dedicated to instructing professional service technicians about time-saving and problem-solving techniques. The training center offers a fully equipped body shop including mixing rooms, prep deck and oversized paint booth, 14-foot overhead door for heavy duty truck access, four-post and two-post lifts, wireless alignment machine, tire changer, balancer and diagnostic labs. 

“The Hovis Technical Training Center is committed to educating automotive, paint and heavy duty truck technicians in a state-of-the-art facility, close to home, reducing shop downtime and travel expenses,” said Curt Hovis, vice president of Hovis Auto & Truck Supply. “We recognize the critical need to provide technicians with comprehensive instruction, technical materials and educational programs, and we understand they don’t want to travel across the country to get it. That is why we are bringing leaders in the industry to western Pennsylvania.”

The Hovis Technical Training Center developed an educational curriculum that will bring leaders in the automotive, heavy duty and paint and body industries to train technicians on the latest technology, techniques and applications in their specific fields, according to Hovis Auto & Truck Supply. The certified trainers represent companies such as DuPont, AkzoNobel, 3M, Delphi, Federal Mogul, Abex and Meritor.

Hovis Auto & Truck Supply said the training center will also offer technicians, managers and owners opportunities to participate in best business practice education to maximize traffic to their shops, improve return visit rates and increase bottom lines.

“We want to congratulate Cliff and Curt Hovis and their staff on putting together one of the finest training facilities in the country,” said Rusty Bishop, CEO of Federated Auto Parts. “Their dedication and investment in training is a testament to Hovis’ continual commitment to helping their customers grow their businesses.” 

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