BASF donates paint, $5,000 to school through Collision Repair Education Foundation

Jan. 1, 2020
Washburn Institute of Technology, received a waterborne technology equipment upgrade from a BASF donation through the CREF.

Washburn Institute of Technology in Topeka, Kan., received a waterborne technology equipment upgrade from a BASF donation through the Collision Repair Education Foundation. It included paint and related equipment to convert the school to waterborne refinish technology.

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The school was selected for the Ultimate Collision Education Makeover grant in 2011. BASF also donated $5,000 to the foundation towards the organization’s general campaign fund.

BASF OEM & Industry Relations Manager, Joseph Skurka, stated, “We recognize the crucial role educational institutions play in the collision repair industry. Automotive technology is changing at an ever increasing rate. Having access to the latest, most relevant tools and information is essential for a technician to succeed. We’re proud to support organizations that ultimately help our customers and the collision repair industry thrive.”

Washburn Institute of Technology Auto Collision Instructor Eric Showalter noted, “Through donations like this and partnerships with awesome suppliers like BASF, we can now train real time with state of the art equipment and emerging technologies. This puts our graduating students on the fast track to great job opportunities.”

Collision Repair Education Foundation Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode noted, “I commend BASF on their annual monetary contribution and the waterborne equipment upgrade for Washburn Institute of Technology. The waterborne equipment provided to the school will help keep the collision students current with industry repair methods and an upgrade that many collision school programs budgets across the country don’t allow. Through BASF’s generosity, this school’s collision program is able to better train the future professionals of the industry.”

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