The 14,000-square-foot facility utilizes 2.2 acres of formerly vacant land at 97 U.S. Route 4. Cole’s Collision operates four other collision centers throughout Albany and Saratoga counties. A special ribbon cutting ceremony was held Oct. 4, attended by Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce representatives and local elected officials and dignitaries.
Construction of the facility began in late 2016 following the approval of the land deal by the Rensselaer County Industrial Development Agency. The building, designed by m.besse architect, includes state-of-the-art auto repair and paint equipment, including a USA Italia spray booth. Parking areas on both sides of the building can accommodate up to 36 vehicles. Operations at this location will be in line with Cole’s longstanding commitment to environmental protection through the use of water-based paints and air filtration systems.
“Opening this location is the result of several years of work, not just on our part but on the part of the many partners and representatives from the Town of North Greenbush and Rensselaer County Industrial Development Agency with whom we’ve worked,” said John Cole, owner, Cole’s Collision Centers. “I’d like to thank them for their support in making this happen and I look forward to continuing our promise of quality repair work and customer service in North Greenbush.”
“It’s great to see small businesses grow and evolve in the community,” said John T. McDonald III, assembly member, 108th District. “Cole’s Collision Centers is as unique as its new location, especially with the company’s involvement with Tesla.”
Cole’s is in the final stages of becoming certified to perform factory repairs on all Tesla models.
“This is more great news for Rensselaer County as another new business is opening its doors here. I want to thank Cole’s Collision for its investment in this community and wish them continued success as they expand their capacity and operations in this region,” stated Kathleen M. Jimino, executive, Rensselaer County.
“Cole’s Collision has had success at every location they’ve opened across the Capital Region, and we’re excited that a new, modern building will greatly improve the aesthetics of the main corridor of our town and turn vacant, blighted land into a viable option,” said Lou Desso, supervisor, Town of North Greenbush. “Cole’s has a long reputation for superior customer service and community involvement, so we’re thrilled to welcome them to North Greenbush.”
Cole’s Collision has been involved in the communities in which it operates since the opening of its first location 10 years ago. That continued with this grand opening celebration, as Cole’s presented a donation of $2,500 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Rensselaer County. Earlier this year, in celebration of its 10-year anniversary, Cole’s funded the wish of a local teenager through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. It was the third wish Cole’s has funded to date.
“Education is our nation’s top priority, however schools can’t do the job alone,” said Jessica Rowell, executive director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Rensselaer County. “Community partners like Boys & Girls Club, which fill the critically important after-school hours with homework help, social and recreational activities, tutoring and computer instruction, are making a real difference today. Our motto is: when school is out, the Club is open. Our team of trained youth development professionals provides a safe, nurturing ‘second home’ to more than 75 youths each day after school and in the evening in Rensselaer County, and with this generous investment from Cole’s Collision Centers, we can open the door to do even more tomorrow!”
Cole’s plans to hire more than 15 new employees to staff this location, from mechanical technicians and journeymen to clerical staff and customer service representatives. The company employs around 100 between its five locations.