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Show Me Auto Body & Restoration at 118 East Union Street in Pacific, MO, was named the Pacific Area Chamber of Commerce April 2014 business of the month. The firm has been in business in Pacific since 1986 and considers the local community its valued customer base. However, due to its growing reputation in the field of restoration, Show Me now has customers from across the region and the United States. Owner Dave Clapper joined the firm in 1988 when it was a two-man shop with Dave Cassidy, founder, and Clapper making up the entire staff. Clapper and his wife Nancy bought the company in 2004, immediately increased the number of direct repair insurance companies it served from two to nine, and grew the shop to the current 11 employees. In addition to the usual repair bodywork that follows fender benders and hail damage, Clapper zeroed in on the quality restoration work that brought a steady stream of antique vehicle collectors to his shop. Clapper and his crew never forget that it is the customer’s vehicle and the customer’s dream they are creating.

Max Edward Casad was born July 12, 1953, in DeWitt, IA, to Glen and Delora (Wilms) Casad of Wheatland, IA. At an early age, Max learned the auto body trade from his father, who owned and operated Wheatland Auto Body. Max went on to become the owner and operator of DeWitt Auto Body and Casad Towing. Max believed in giving back to the community and supporting local business and gave selflessly, including being an organ donor.

Employees at Hawkins Auto Body at 77 Bassett Avenue in Madisonville, KY, said they’ve made major repairs from the fire that ripped through their office space and parts building on March 25, 2014. Employees say most of the business wasn’t impacted by the fire, but crucial computer systems and car parts did have to be replaced. Roofing crews replaced sheeting, and employees say they’re surprised day-to-day operations were not affected. They should be moved back into the renovated office space soon.

David Michael Kepner, owner of Smash Auto Body in Jordan, MN, has been charged in Scott County District Court with first-degree drug possession and sales, a felony.

The Indiana Autobody Association (IABA) has released the following statement:

The Boyd Group Inc. has announced the opening of a new location in Mundelein, IL. The repair center is approximately 15,700 square feet, was previously operated under the name of Performance Restoration and Collision Center, and now operates under the Gerber Collision & Glass trade name.

“We are pleased to have established this additional location as it will help us better serve customers in the northern Chicago suburban market,” said Tim O’Day, president and COO of Boyd Group U.S. operations.

“This regional concentration strengthens brand recognition and grows our market share by increasing repeat traffic and referrals. We anticipate several further additions to our portfolio and are on track to meet our targeted growth rate of six to ten percent through single store-additions.”

Boyd Group operates in 15 U.S. states under the trade names Gerber Collision & Glass, Hansen Collision, and Collision Revision.