NASTF Marks First Anniversary of Incorporation

Aug 23, 2007, 01:00 ET from National Automotive Service Task Force

    LEESBURG, Va., Aug. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the National
 Automotive Service Task Force enters its second year as a formal
 organization, it is a good time to review positive accomplishments as well
 as look to the future. Although NASTF has existed through the efforts of
 many hard-working volunteers for many years, last summer marked the
 beginning of the newly formed 501(c)-6 organization. In addition to
 continuing its five+-year history of facilitating communication between
 independent repair facilities and original equipment manufacturers upon
 identification of a gap in availability of information, NASTF is
 highlighting several accomplishments during the past year:
         --  Ongoing work on the Secure Data Release Model (SDRM), which will
             give appropriately qualified and registered technicians and
             locksmiths a means of accessing key codes and other types of
             security data and service support systems
          -- Establishment of a Collision Repair Committee to address those
             issues unique to the collision industry
          -- Launch of a redesigned website incorporating a new logo, a new
             color scheme, and other improvements
     "We've come a long way in the past year," said Mary Hutchinson, NASTF
 Administrator, "but there is still a lot to do. Pilot testing for the SDRM
 with live users is gearing up, and we are in the planning stages of the
 development of a brand new online module for submitting service information
 requests when information is missing."
     "The process of incorporating NASTF brought together many diverse parts
 of the automotive industry," said Charlie Gorman, NASTF Chairman. "We've
 secured the funding necessary to get the organization formalized and made
 significant progress on key issues. Our ongoing challenges include
 developing a permanent funding model and improving the reporting process
 for obtaining the necessary service information from the vehicle
 manufacturers. We also want to continue to expand the involvement of all
 automotive service organizations."
     Founded in 2000 to address the issue of information availability for
 the independent aftermarket, NASTF has processed more than 200 separate
 information requests, with only a few still outstanding. The NASTF Board of
 Directors is made up of representatives from the independent service
 dealer, tool and equipment, vehicle manufacturer and dealer segments, along
 with industry associations.
     NASTF was established in 2000 to identify, communicate and resolve gaps
 in the availability and accessibility of automotive service information,
 service training, diagnostic tools, and equipment for the benefit of
 automotive service professionals and their customers. NASTF was
 incorporated in 2006. Additional details can be found at
     Mary Hutchinson
     (703) 669-6643

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