Collision industry veteran Gary Ledoux is pleased to announce the launch of his new book, "YesterWreck: The History of the Collision Repair Industry in America."
The book’s 13 chapters and 850+ pages with approximately 60 photos and illustrations cover more than 100 years of automotive history with an emphasis on the collision repair side of the business.
“Many people, even some of those in the industry, don’t realize that many of the companies that serve the industry today had their beginnings in the horse and buggy days!” said Ledoux. “Sikkens paint has been around since 1792. The DuPont Company (now Axalta) has been operating in the U.S. since the early 1800s. AkzoNobel had its start in The Netherlands in 1835. In the 1880s, Joseph Binks and Dr. Allen DeVilbiss independently started toying with the idea of a spray gun capable of spraying paint.”
Each chapter covers a decade of the people, events and technology that helped move the industry forward---from the earliest brush-on automotive finishes in the 1920s, to the advent of the first auto body associations and industry periodicals in the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s. The book covers the creation of such industry mainstays as NACE, CIC and SCRS in the 1980s, the explosion of the computer age in the 1990s and how it affected shops, to the now-infamous John Eagle decision of October 2017.
The book also includes a number of historical industry statistics. Current followers of the industry will see many names they know, and some they may have only heard of. Industry leaders started emerging in the 1940s, gained more recognition in the ‘60s and exploded in the ‘80s.
Reviewing an advance copy of the book, Barbara Davies, co-owner and general manager for Autobody News magazine, noted, “'YesterWreck: The History of the Collision Repair Industry in America,' written by industry veteran Gary Ledoux, is a rich and informative treat for anyone who is involved with or interested in the collision repair industry. It is not only well-researched and engaging, but also tells the 120-year history of the industry in both easily digestible and fascinating detail. I guarantee you will have learned something after reading this book.”