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DETROIT - General Motors Chairman Jack Smith will share details on GM's collision repair initiatives in his keynote speech at the 2001 International Autobody Congress and Exposition on Nov. 30 in Las Vegas.

Smith will discuss the Goodwrench Auto Body Center, OEConnection and Automotive-YES school-to-career training. He also will offer general insights on auto manufacturing.

NACE 2001, which will be Nov. 29-Dec. 2, is sponsored by the Automotive Service Association. It features an exposition of collision repair products and services and more than 40 educational sessions.

Saturn links to OEConnection

RICHFIELD, Ohio - Independent automobile parts and service providers will have online access to purchase Saturn original equipment parts through the OEConnection.com Web site.

OEConnection's CollisionLink product helps body shops order original equipment parts by improving communication with Saturn retailers' parts departments. CollisionLink, which is free to body shops, checks orders for accuracy.

OEConnection LLC is a joint venture founded by DaimlerChrysler, Ford Motor Co., General Motors and Bell & Howell.

System taps parts distributor

HOUSTON - Houston software vendor MyRepairShop Inc. has developed a Web-based shop operating system that connects independent automotive service professionals to DIAL.

DIAL is an online catalog and parts ordering program for WorldPac, which is a leading importer and distributor of foreign auto parts.

Auto sales up for parts company

ATLANTA - Automotive parts sales totaled $1.1 billion, an increase of 3 percent in the second quarter, for Genuine Parts Co., an Atlanta manufacturer of industrial and automotive parts.

The increase follows three quarters of flat or reduced automotive parts sales. Genuine Parts reported overall second quarter sales of $2.1 billion, down less than 1 percent from the year-ago period. Net income was $94.7 million, down 2 percent from net income of $96.6 million for the same quarter last year.

Grease Monkey to buy fast lubes

DENVER - Grease Monkey International Inc., an independent auto maintenance franchiser with more than 220 locations, has agreed to purchase 17 Indiana fast lubes from Indy Lube, a fast lube franchise with operations in several Midwest states.

You can reach Amy Wilson at awilson@crain.com

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