BEDFORD, Texas (Sept. 2, 2005) — The Automotive Service Association (ASA) has launched a Web site designed to aid mechanical and collision shops affected by Hurricane Katrina.
The Web site—launched Sept. 1—is accessible at http://asashop.blogspot.com, or through ASA's home page at http://www.asashop.org.
Ron Pyle, ASA's president and chief staff executive, said the association's “neighbors, friends and members in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and elsewhere are truly suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. I highly encourage our industry to contribute resources to the hurricane relief effort.”
ASA said the Web site offers its members and other industry professionals the ability to post ways they can help businesses affected by the disaster. The Bedford-based association is asking for those who are willing to offer business assistance, or donate shop equipment or other necessities, to visit the Web site and post those offerings. Those who have been affected by the hurricane can post their needs on the Web site as well. Links to sites where monetary contributions to the overall relief effort also are available on the site.
“We are an industry that stands strong in times of need,” Mr. Pyle said. “We want to connect those willing to help with those in our industry who are in dire need of help. I encourage anyone in the industry to visit the Web site and offer what they can to help a fellow business owner.”