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News Briefs 10/3/12

Universal Technical Institute (UTI) says it has laid off roughly 50 employees nationwide, reducing its total headcount to approximately 2,200 employees. According to management, the moves were made to “better align our cost structure with our lower average student population.”

The Car Care Council reminds businesses that they can add a link to the council’s free customized service schedule and e-mail reminder service to their websites as a customer resource. October is Fall Car Care Month.

Matco Tools is raising money to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Through September 2013, for each product purchased from a list of selected items, the company will donate 15 percent of the sale — with a guaranteed minimum donation of $100,000 — to the breast cancer research and awareness group.

Service King Collision Repair Centers has purchased Express Autobody, a collision repair center in Georgetown, TX. This gives Service King its 50th location in the state and its sixth in the Austin marketplace.

AutoBody America, a Nashville-based collision repair operator, has opened its 20th location in the Mid-South, establishing its first shop in the Knoxville market.

• GEICO’s new smartphone application now allow users to request a range of emergency roadside assistance services, including jump-starting a dead battery, changing a flat tire and calling for a tow.

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