Family Auto Body Shop Paints 300 Cars Monthly Using PPG Waterborne

Written by Autobody News Staff
Oct. 14, 2022

JDS Collision Repair is named after its owner, James David Shirley Jr., but everyone calls him David.

“I couldn’t think of a better name for the business than one with my signature to guarantee everything we stood for,” he said. “If my son (James David ‘JD’ Shirley III) decides to eventually take over the business, the name of the sign will remain the same.”

Another thing that will undoubtedly never change is the company’s commitment to PPG and its ENVIROBASE® High Performance waterborne paint line. It has played a huge role since the doors opened in 2015 on this high-production shop that repairs roughly 300 vehicles every month.

JDS Collision Repair
Location: Irving, TX
(972) 721-0650
Facebook: @jdscollision

Company At A Glance...
Type: Collision Repair
Facility Employees: 23
In Business Since: 2015
Number of Locations: One 
Production Space: 30,000 square feet

Shirley Jr. was born in Fort Worth, TX, in 1971 to deaf parents. His father was a body man, painter and mechanic, and his mother was a draftsman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It was a great experience for a boy who was literally living in a big classroom.

“I had worked alongside my father in his shop and learned many skills,” Shirley said. “I not only learned how to work on all aspects of a car, but I realized quickly that I could effectively communicate at a very early age. This had allowed me to be very proficient in automobile repairs and it began the foundation for my career.”

JD Shirley, left, and his father, James David Shirley Jr., right, represent two generations at JDS Collision Repair.

At 16, Shirley got hired at a body shop, and he was off to the races. He is now 52, with 36 years in the industry as a shop foreman, parts director and manager at some of the most successful collision centers in Texas.

In January 2015, Shirley opened JDS Collision Repair and brought many of his team with him. Some of his people have worked for him in different shops for 20+ years, and he values each and every one of them.

"I am very lucky to have a great staff,” Shirley said. “People stay here because they feel appreciated and respected, and that is how it works. I realized long ago that we would not be where we are today without this amazing team.”

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