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In Ionia, MI, one family will get a Christmas gift to remember, thanks to several local businesses who worked together to refurbish a vehicle which will given to a family in need on Christmas day.

S&P Auto Body, C&S Automotive, N&N Aftermarket Parts, Geldhof Tire, Caswell RV, Fred Haight Insurance, Home Experts, Riverside Auto Wash and All Seasons Insurance Agency worked together to refurbish a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix SE.

Monday, 03 December 2012 21:54

IABA Looks Back on 2012 and Welcomes 2013

As 2012 comes to a close, the Indiana Auto Body Association looks back on its accomplishments over the past year. According to Tony Passwater, Executive Director, “Early in our organization, we realized that being a lone state association would not be in the best interest of our prospective members. In 2005, we affiliated with the SCRS and through this relationship, have reaped many benefits and national support. In 2012, we also became an associate member of the ASA and an accredited business of the Better Business Bureau to better position ourselves not only within the industry, but to the consumer as well.”

Schoonover Bodyworks and Glass, a collision repair center based in Stillwater, MN, was recently acquired by ABRA Auto Body & Glass.

Schoonover Bodyworks, which has been in business since 1938, operated two collision repair facilities prior to the acquisition. ABRA said Schoonover will continue to operate its second location in Shoreview, MN.

Automotive refinish distributor Painters Supply & Equipment Co. (PSE) recently announced the acquisition of Potter Color and Supply, a paint distributor based in Cambridge City, IN. Potter Color and Supply has been supplying the automotive refinish and industrial coatings markets in since 1985.

“We’re pleased to welcome the Potter team to the PSE family,” said Patrick Mayette, president of PSE. “We’re excited to expand into the great state of Indiana.”

“PSE has a long history and solid reputation as one of the best automotive refinish and industrial paint distributors in the U.S.,” said Jim Potter, owner of Potter Color and Supply. “They will strengthen us to better serve our local market from a technology, product and customer service standpoint.”

With the acquisition, Taylor, MI-based PSE now operates 21 store locations throughout Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Mayette said PSE plans to continue expanding. As the industry continues to consolidate, acquisitions throughout the Midwest region of the U.S. will be a key element to the company’s growth initiatives.