Thursday, 16 September 2021 08:26

ABRA Mankato in Minnesota Celebrates 30th Anniversary of I-CAR Certification

Geralynn and Jerry Kottschade, owners of ABRA Mankato. Geralynn and Jerry Kottschade, owners of ABRA Mankato.


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ABRA Auto Body Repair of America, a leading premier collision repairer, is celebrating the team at ABRA Mankato in Minnesota for attaining 30 consecutive years in I-CAR’s Gold Class program.

Achieving and maintaining I-CAR’s Gold Class designation means a business has met the industry’s standard for training that contributes to complete, safe and quality repairs. More than 8,600 shops throughout the country are currently recognized as Gold Class, with ABRA Mankato’s being the 10th in the country to hold that ranking for 30 consecutive years.

“The unibody design had been gaining in popularity and there was lots of discussion in the industry on how to repair,” said Geralynn Kottschade, co-owner, ABRA Mankato. “When we earned our I-CAR certification, it not only helped get our team up to speed, but it also helped get us on the right path within the industry.”

Owned by husband and wife duo Geralynn and Jerry Kottschade, ABRA Mankato was one of the earliest adopters of I-CAR training.

“At the time, it was a massive undertaking to equip your facility and your team with the time and tools needed to earn an I-CAR Gold Class designation,” said Geralynn. “We weren’t accustomed to training, there was no manufacturer or vendor training back then, we went to school and that was about the extent of it.”

The team continued to maintain its I-CAR Gold Class status for each consecutive year, seeing the value it brought to not only the repair quality but the team.

“We have several employees who have been with us for over 25 years and even the new ones that join, we put them with our senior technicians, and they stay with us meeting the five-, 10-, 15-year anniversaries,” said Geralynn. “People underestimate the value of continuous training. It can...

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