Monday, 16 March 2015 17:00

Spanesi Expands Operations in IL and Hires Business Development Manager

After opening operations in Illinois two years ago, Spanesi Americas recently announced that they have doubled both their warehouse and training space.

The expansion project also includes an addition to their existing office building as well as the dock and loading area.

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Tim Morgan, Managing Director for Spanesi Americas, said the expansion is a result of an overwhelming response to the company's products. Morgan began consulting for the company in 2012 and set up their North and South American operations in October of that year.

"When I started this project I knew the products Spanesi had to offer were what the US and Canadian collision repair markets were looking for and the response has been extraordinary," said Morgan. "This has allowed us to be able to expand our facility in such a short time to meet the needs of our customers."

The family-owned equipment company is based in the small town Padova, Italy near Venice.

Spanesi's product lines are manufactured in Italy and include: Straightening Benches, Multibenches, Touch Electronic Systems, Vacuum Systems, Welding Machines, Infrared Lamps, Lifts, Painting Tools, Spray Booth Equipment, and Manual, Pneumatic, Electric and Hydraulic Tools.

The Illinois facility will now have a dedicated warehouse space to store parts for spray booths and measuring systems as well as a single area for product training.

Another recent development at Spanesi is the hiring of Tom McGee as Business Development Manager. "Tom's experience in the collision repair industry will be extremely valuable to our group as we continue to grow and provide exceptional products and service to our customers," said Morgan.

McGee has more than 30 years of experience in the collision repair industry. This includes Collision Director for Automotive Training Institute, Collision Industry Relations Manager for ALLDATA, and nearly 18 years at I-CAR where he held a variety of positions including President & CEO and Technical Director.

McGee graduated from Ferris State College in Big Rapids, MI, and is an ASE Certified Master Auto Body & Paint Technician and Collision Repair Estimator. McGee, a recognized industry speaker, was also elected into the Collision Industry Hall of Eagles in 2001.

"I am very excited to join the Spanesi team," said McGee. "I have been very impressed with how the Spanesi product line is designed to repair the latest vehicle technology. It is exciting to join an organization that has such a strong focus on the technician and deploys its research and development to make their jobs easier."

Morgan said Spanesi Americas' mission is to bring new products and technologies to body shops in the Americas to enable technicians to perform repairs to a high standard of excellence.

"The unique feature of Spanesi over the competitors is that we have our own body shop," said Morgan. "We offer a full solution for the complete body shop."

Owner Orazio Spanesi started in the collision repair industry when he was 14 years old and in 1969 he opened his own body shop. In 1989, he decided he wanted to try and make better equipment so he traveled the world to find out what was available.

"Everything that we design, we design it with the technicians in mind," said Morgan. "It's tested by technicians long before it ends up in the hands of end users."

Over the years even as the vehicles have evolved, the majority of what weíve had in place for years is still the same way, especially with our universal fixturing system, that has been around since 1991.

Morgan said with the company's focus on products that are growing fastest in the market, Spanesi expects to increase overall shipment capacity by nearly 20%, while adding approximately 35 jobs in North America.

The company has also increased inventory to enhance their delivery system.

For more details about Spanesi Americas†products and solutions, contact Timothy Morgan, Managing Director, 123 Ambassador Drive, Naperville, IL, 60540, 1.224.SPANESI (772.6374) tmorgan@spanesi-americas.com, www.SPANESI.com