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2008 News

Pictured from left to right: Joe Torchiana, ASE Board Chairman; Bill Troyer, PPG Manager of Training; Richard Knieper, Award Winner; Tim Zilke, ASE President. Photo courtesy of Peter Jordan Photography, Scottsdale, AZ.
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – December 3, 2008 – Richard Knieper was honored with the PPG/ASE Master Refinish Technician of the Year Award at ASE’s annual Board of Directors Industry Awards Dinner held in San Diego, California, on November 19, 2008. Bill Troyer, PPG Automotive Refinish manager of training, presented the award to Knieper. The award is given annually to the PPG collision center technician who receives the highest score on the ASE Painting and Refinish test.

“I am honored to receive this distinguished award. ASE tests set the highest bar for service technicians and consultants. ASE certifications confirm our knowledge and professional commitment to the automotive business, and PPG’s training courses truly provide new depth and insight for the refinish and management side of our business,” said Knieper.

Knieper, of Oceanside, California, has been a refinish painter for 23 years; 18 of those as an automotive paint and body technician at Security Chevrolet in Vista, California. He holds a PPG Master Certification, is an ASE Master Technician, ASE Collision Repair Estimator, and an I-CAR and GM certified technician. Knieper received his professional training in the MiraCosta College Body Repair and Refinish Business Program in Oceanside and the General Motors Body and Refinish Training Programs in Burbank, California.

“Thousands of technicians take the ASE test each year. To be among the highest scoring – let alone receive the highest score – is a remarkable achievement,” said Troyer. “It’s always a pleasure to award a talented individual who is recognized as one of the best in the automotive industry.”

Both PPG and ASE offer technician certification, as well as a wide range of training courses for collision center personnel. For more information on PPG training and business development courses, go to www.ppgrefinish.com. For more information on ASE programs, go to www.ase.com.

about ppg

Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, chemicals, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiber glass. The company has more than 150 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates and operates in more than 60 countries. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

about ase

Incorporated on June 12, 1972, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence was established as a non-profit organization to help improve the quality of automotive service and repair through the voluntary testing and certification of automotive technicians and parts specialists. Today, there are approximately 400,000 ASE-certified professionals at work in dealerships, independent shops, service stations, collision repair shops, auto parts stores, fleets, machine shops, schools and colleges throughout the country. For more information about ASE, visit the Web site at www.ase.com.