Friday, 19 August 2022 09:50

J&R Collision Centers Acquires Walk's Auto Body in Illinois

Written by Greg Sapp, The X Radio


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J&R Collision Centers announced Aug. 17 it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Walk’s Auto Body, Inc. of Teutopolis, IL, growing its footprint to five locations.

Doug Walk has spent decades building an incredible asset for the Effingham/Teutopolis communities," said Jake Buhnerkempe, co-founder of J&R Collision Centers. "There is a history between Doug and our family when it comes to this industry. Early on, Doug spent some time working for Dad in the days of Roger’s Body Shop. Doug then went on to build an outstanding business of his own.


"We can’t help but feel like things are almost coming full circle; that we can welcome the successes he’s created back into the J&R Collision family," Buhnerkempe said. "Effingham County has always been home, and having this opportunity to expand locally has been great. Our goal is to continue to reach out to area communities to provide them with a first-class service.”


Walk started Walk’s Auto Body, Inc. in 1997.


“It’s been an incredible journey, to provide a quality service to all of the customers I’ve been able to help over the years. I’m thankful for each and every one of them,” said Walk. “As this chapter closes, I was happy to be able to find a local successor, who I know will continue to grow what I have built, and has the passion to continue to provide an incredible service to all of my existing customers.”


J&R Collision Centers is the father and son duo of Roger and Jake Buhnerkempe of Effingham.


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