CALIBER, FORCE HONOR APPRENTICES IN 'MENTORS AT WORK' PROGRAM Gonzales, Larkin Receive Autographed MAC Tools Toolboxes IRVINE, Calif. -- John Force, the 13-time NHRA Funny Car Champion, joined representatives of Caliber Collision ...
CALIBER, FORCE HONOR APPRENTICES IN 'MENTORS AT WORK' PROGRAM
Gonzales, Larkin Receive Autographed MAC Tools Toolboxes
IRVINE, Calif. -- John Force, the 13-time NHRA Funny Car Champion, joined representatives of Caliber Collision Centers at the company's headquarters here to recognize Julio Gonzales and Scott Larkin for outstanding achievement in Caliber's Mentors at Work program.
Gonzales and Larkin, both in their first year of apprenticeship at the Chino Valley Caliber Collision location, received autographed MAC Tools toolboxes valued at $2,500 in recognition of their progress in a program that provides on-the-job training in the collision repair industry.
"These guys are our future," said Force,driver of the 330 mile-an-hourCastrol GTX Start Up Ford Mustang. "I congratulate them on their hard work and perseverance. I believe a technician's toolbox is likean office. They personalize their toolboxes just like a person doesan office. They take a great sense of pride in their tools; it's how they make their living."
Caliber filled both toolboxes with many of the items most often used by collision repair technicians.
"Tool costs can be a deterrent when attracting top quality people to this industry," said Rick Reiss, Caliber's Vice-President/Operations in California. "By offering a tool reward incentive package through our apprenticeship program" we have helped ease the burden.
"We're thrilled that MAC Tools and John Force donated these toolboxes and having John here to present them in person was the icing on the cake."
Gonzales and Larkin are participating in the Caliber Mentors at Work program under the scrutiny of J.C. Baccus, a veteran of 25 years in the collision repair industry who now serves as Director of Technician Training for Caliber.
"It was really cool to meet John Force and receive these awesome toolboxes," Larkin said. "Through the Mentors at Work program we've completed over 100 different skills tests and in six months we've learned more about the collision repair industry than we ever imagined."
Caliber Collision Centers was founded in 1991 and now manages 68 high quality repair centers in California and Texas which generate annual revenues exceeding $200 million.