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Monday, 15 April 2013 09:32

ABRA Buys Five Shops From MSO in Indiana

ABRA Auto Body & Glass announced the acquisition of all five Hubler Express Collision repair centers in Indianapolis, Indiana and the surrounding area. The new ABRA centers are located in the Indiana cities of Greenwood, Indianapolis, Carmel, Fishers, and Plainfield.

Paul’s Quality Collision in Monroe Charter Township, MI, was recently awarded “Small Business of the Year” by the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce. Owners are Paul and Tammi Van Aken.

The award acknowledges businesses that epitomize entrepreneurship and community service.

The business was founded in 1982 and initially called Paul’s Body Shop and located on W. 7th Street. The shop moved to its present location on S. Telegraph Rd. in 1991. It operated as a franchise called Paul’s CARSTAR Collision from 1992-2006 until the shop left the CARSTAR organization and began operating as Paul’s Quality Collision.

The business prides itself on teamwork and emphasis on quality work and customer service.

Tami serves as office manager and one of their children, Ryan, serves as production manager. The business employs 12 people.

The company's community involvement includes sponsoring area recreation teams and discourages testing and driving by sponsoring programs in schools and distributing t-shirts that say, ‘Plz dnt txt n drive.’

Church Brothers Collision Repair in Indianapolis, IN, held their annual pet food drive to benefit the dogs and cats sheltered by Indianapolis Animal Care & Control. The pet food drive collected over 3,400 pounds of food and topped last year’s results by more than 1,000 pounds.

Former Detroit City Council member Monica Conyers is working at an auto body shop while serving the remainder of her federal prison sentence for corruption.

The wife of U.S. Rep. John Conyers now works for Metrotech Collision in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood, according to owner Sam Hussein.

Friday, 05 April 2013 08:32

Team PRP Expands in Ohio with Westwood

Team PRP’s nationwide network of independent automobile recyclers expanded with its newest member, Westwood Auto Parts, located in Toledo, OH.

The addition of Westwood brings the partnership total of Team PRP to 133 members.

Brothers Gary and Zale Reinstein founded and opened Westwood Auto Parts in 1977. With the intention of developing a used auto parts facility that offered readily available parts in stock, operating more like a new parts store, the brothers purchased a 150,000-square-foot abandoned foundry building on 19 acres of property and later expanded to 21 acres.

“Taking Control of Your Future” was the motto of the 2013 Bi-Annual Convention and Technology Exhibition sponsored by the Indiana Auto Body Association in Indianapolis, February 22–23. This two-day convention was a solid mix of collision repair technology, education and industry issues.

The freezing rain that hit Indianapolis the night before didn’t slow down this show one bit, although Mike Anderson, who was scheduled to open the show Friday morning, got trapped in Toronto by the storm. IABA Executive Director and manager of the Convention, Tony Passwater, took over and gave the event a great start.