By stressing training, customer service and O.E. repairs while going over the top with its philanthropy and community service, Lefler Collision and Glass has been a household name in Indiana since 1952.
On August 18, Lefler Collision and Glass held a ribbon-cutting in Evansville, IN, with Mayor Winnecke and the Southwest Indiana Chamber in honor of their 65th anniversary. A ribbon-cutting took place at their Maxwell Avenue location, followed by a free cookout at each location.
Lefler Collision and Glass is a third-generation, family-owned-and-operated, full-service collision and glass repair center with four locations throughout the tri-state area.
"Through dedication to staying at the forefront of their industry, legendary customer service, and engagement within the community, it is an honor to be celebrating this milestone," owner Jim Lefler said. "Mayor Lloyd Winnecke named August 18th as ‘Lefler Collision & Glass 65th Anniversary Day’! We had community leaders out, our friends from Enterprise and Axalta, as well as ambassadors from the Southwest Indiana Chamber."
The proclamation outlined the history of the business and described its road to success:
"Whereas in 1952, Leroy Lefler opened Leroy’s Paint and Fender Repair out of his dirt floor garage on the west side of Evansville.
Whereas in 1976, James Lefler, son of Leroy, took over the business and incorporated it as Lefler Body Shop.
Whereas in 1994, Lefler Body Shop moved from its original location on 9th Avenue to its new home at 704 Wabash Ave of Flags. This new location would be 30,000 square feet, home to 60 repair bays and two paint booths. It was the most advanced collision repair facility in the area.
Whereas in 2006, Jimmy Lefler became CEO and began expanding Lefler Body Shop into four locations throughout the Tri-State as Lefler Collision and Glass Repair Centers; focusing on highly trained repair specialists, hometown support, and legendary customer service.
Whereas in 2017, Lefler Collision and Glass Repair Centers have grown to over 90 employees at four locations in Indiana and Kentucky. Through dedication to serving the Tri-State and staying at the forefront of technology and repair processes, many accolades have been awarded during the last 65 years."
Looking back at the history of his family's business, Jimmy Lefler took a moment to remember his father, who taught him every aspect of the industry.
“He was an amazing man and a great technician. He really taught me a lot, and then I eventually installed some of my ideas here," Lefler said. "He taught me that hiring people who share our values and building the kind of culture we want are crucial. Give your people clear guidelines and let them do their jobs. Trust them and empower them, and they will do great things and help you succeed for 65 years!"