Wednesday, 06 April 2022 11:31

Shannon’s Auto Body in Minnesota to Expand Operations

Written by Renee Richardson, Brainerd Dispatch


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Shannon’s Auto Body is expanding, doubling its employees and renovating a vacant retail store-turned-office space to do it.

The move will enhance east Brainerd, MN, by putting life back into the former Pamida turned Ascensus office space near the Mill Avenue and Highway 210 intersection. The site is southeast of the East Brainerd Mall.


The new location will primarily be collision repair and mechanical repairs with the latest state-of-the-art equipment for that and for mechanical work with the advanced driver assistance systems and work on calibrations.


The move will free up space in the existing location, 13540 Ironwood Drive, to accommodate items there just wasn’t room for, such as boats and recreational vehicles.


Shannon’s has just outgrown its current space. With the expansion, the business will increase from 16,000 square feet to an additional 40,000 square feet, for 2.5 times the space.


Shannon’s plans to hire about 25 people for the expansion, doubling its employee count. And with the tight labor force, Shannon’s is also being proactive by doing in-house training, cross-training and providing apprentice training. The apprentices are then trained for Shannon’s operations and with advanced and specialized skills.


The apprentice program takes individuals with the basics and schooling and pairs with a tech with years of training as they expand their knowledge. Manufacturers also help with the training.


Shannon Christian started Shannon’s Auto Body in 1996 and grew the business into a 17,000-square foot facility with about 25 employees using the latest auto repair technology, committed to repairing vehicles safely and correctly to their pre-collision condition.


The days of simple repair and just putting on a new bumper are nearly a bygone era as vehicles become more technologically advanced. A lot of the product and equipment Shannon’s Auto Body needs comes from...

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