Reinke receives PPG/ASE Master Refinish Technician of the Year Award

PPG Certified Technician Doug Reinke (second from left) received the PPG/ASE Technician of the Year Award from (from left) Stan Elmore, ASE board chairman; Bill Troyer, manager of training, PPG Automotive Refinish; and Ron Weiner, president of ASE. (Photo courtesy of Peter Jordan Photography, Scottsdale, Ariz.)
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, Dec. 18, 2007 –
Doug Reinke of Imperial, Neb., was awarded the PPG/ASE Master Refinish Technician of the Year Award at ASE’s annual Board of Directors Industry Awards Dinner in Scottsdale, Ariz., Nov. 12. Bill Troyer, manager of training for PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) automotive refinish business, presented Reinke with the award, which is given annually to the PPG collision center technician receiving the highest score on the ASE Painting and Refinish test, administered twice yearly.

Reinke has been a refinish painter for 25 years and has worked for the last 18 years at Harchelroad Motors, Inc., in Imperial. He is a PPG Certified Technician and an ASE Master Technician, has received I-CAR refinish training, and holds multiple certificates from General Motors. He is also president of “Car Nutz” car club and has been restoring and customizing vehicles since purchasing his first car at age 14. Reinke has won awards for his restoration work at car shows across the Midwest, including a custom 1950 Olds 88. He is currently helping his son, Skylar, restore a ’55 Studebaker, and his wife, Sandra, also works at Harchelroad Motors and assists with restoration projects at home.

“It is always a pleasure to recognize someone who has achieved this level of success in their profession,” Troyer said. “Literally thousands of technicians take the ASE test each year, and to be among the highest-scoring is a remarkable achievement.”

According to Janet Schroeder, owner of PPG Platinum Distributor Mid-Plains Auto Finishes in North Platte, Neb., “I have known Doug for many years and have found him to be very conscientious and meticulous with his work. He has always been interested in learning to do things the right way, so this award confirms his knowledge and commitment to performing a quality repair.”

“I have been a ‘car nut’ almost since I can remember,” Reinke said. “I decided to become a technician after attending car shows with my Uncle and admiring all the beautiful cars. I really enjoy making cars look good.”

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