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June 23, 2014—The annual SkillsUSA Championships will kick off on Wednesday, June 25 in Kansas City, Mo.

Now in its 47th year, the SkillsUSA Championship will bring in more than 6,000 collision industry students for nearly 100 hands-on skill and leadership contests, including feather prime and block, masking, paint code ID as well as Blending and Color Matching. Students will also complete an interview, a written estimate and an exam. 

The two-day competition will be held at various locations around Kansas City.

One of the sponsors, 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division, will provide training, staffing, segment leaders and judging for some of the competitions.

In the plastic repair segment, Mark Algie, business development manager at 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division, will oversee students as they repair a plastic fascia.

“It’s always exciting to get to work with the students who are competing at this level,” Algie said. “These are the best of the best in the country, and represent the future of our industry. We want to make sure they are learning the latest techniques in collision repair and using the products and tools needed for today’s advanced vehicles.”

For more information about the SkillsUSA Championship, visit

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