California county selects CEI for collision management

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The CEI Group recently announced that it has been selected by the government of the County of Kern, Calif., to provide collision management services for its fleet of some 2,300 vehicles. CEI says its collision management services feature a pre-qualified network of more than 7,000 body and glass repair shops across North America, audited and guaranteed repairs, and online access to claim information and reporting.

“We’re pleased to gain another outstanding government fleet client like Kern County,” says Rick Westerlund, national director of sales and marketing for Trevose, Pa.-based CEI. “Government fleets are increasingly coming to understand the value in out-tasking their collision management functions.”

Bakersfield, Kern’s county seat and largest city, is located some 100 miles north of Los Angeles. The county is home to Edwards Air Force Base, site of one of the NASA Space Shuttle’s primary landing strips. Its main industries include oil and agricultural products. A fast-growing area, the county has a population of 660,000, with nearly 300,000 in Bakersfield.

The relationship was established by Katherine M. Croze, CEI’s national manager for government accounts. Among others, Croze also is responsible for creating CEI’s business relationships with the City of Gainesville, Fla.; King County, Wash.; and the Washington State Patrol.