Honey Creek Collision
Location: Terre Haute, IN
Company At A Glance...
Type: Collision Repair
Facility Employees: 23
In Business Since: 2006
Number of Locations: One
DRP Programs: Five
Combined Production Space:
24,000 square feet
In order to see that amount of productivity, owner Bob Prose knows that the products in which he invests need to improve efficiency on the shop floor.
When Prose relocated Honey Creek to his current facility earlier this year, he explored paint booth options to determine which company’s offerings best fit his needs. “During my research, I found out about Accudraft and I learned that they sold high-quality paint booths at an affordable price,” Prose shared. “Accudraft’s Titan paint booths are really efficient. With the added airflow, the bake cycle is quicker which means more throughout and quicker cycle times.”
Although Accudraft’s Titan paint booths are large enough for most jobs, measuring 28’ long, 14’ 4” wide and 11’ 6” high, they are surprisingly quiet. According to Prose, “It’s amazing how quiet they are; you can’t even hear them run. My employees love how quiet they are, plus they flow a lot of air. Everyone’s happy and there haven’t been any complaints.”
Before committing to the collision repair industry, Prose worked in aerospace machinery and fabrication, but in 1999, he began custom painting race cars and motorcycles on the side, calling his small shop Bob’s Auto Body and Custom Paint. Over the next seven years, “it grew to the point where customers needed collision repair work and that’s how Honey Creek Collision got started,” Prose recalled.
In 2006, Prose and his wife Bobbi opened Honey Creek Collision at 775 West Johnson, but with unprecedented growth over the past 13 years, they opened a new facility at the beginning of 2019. While they are currently operating exclusively out of their new facility, Prose plans to reopen the original location in the near future.
According to owner Bob Prose, “Accudraft’s Titan paint booths are really efficient [with] more throughput and quicker cycle times.”
Honey Creek Collision is an I-CAR Gold shop with OEM certifications from Nissan, GM, Ford and Honda’s ProFirst program. All of the shop’s technicians are I-CAR and ASE certified, boasting over 120 years of combined experience in the collision repair industry. Honey Creek Collision converted to waterborne paints five years ago in an effort to help preserve the environment. The Proses are very active in their community, sponsoring local sports teams as well as supporting school and church activities in their town.
Bobbi Prose shared, “We know that the Lord has blessed us and we are very thankful for that. We also attribute the success of our business to our customers. When they are treated with respect and kindness and their vehicle is repaired correctly, they tell their friends and family about us. Customer satisfaction is extremely important to us.”
Bob and Bobbi Prose are very involved with the daily operations in the shop. Their daughter Alison recently joined the team. (Pictured left to right: Nathan Prose, Bob Prose, Bobbi Prose, Alison Prose)
Bob Prose believes that being family owned and operated is key to Honey Creek Collision’s success. “My wife and I are very involved with the business as owners – we’re here all day, every day. Our daughter Alison began working in the office this year and our son Nathan plans to join us at the shop after he graduates high school. I think it helps that we are so hands-on with operations at the shop because our employees see how hard we work and we’re setting a good example of our expectations. We also have really good employees who are more like family and all of our guys have been here for quite a while because we take care of them.”
Prose also has a great relationship with his distributor, Sullivan’s Equipment. “Our distributor is a good friend of mine and I can trust him to only sell the industry’s best products like the Accudraft Titans,” Prose said. “Implementing Accudraft’s Titan paint booths was easy because Sullivan’s Equipment worked with the engineer as our new shop was being built. He ensured the pits were built in the exact right spot, so when the booths showed up, it was completely seamless.”
Sullivan Equipment and Accudraft sent a specialist to Honey Creek Collision for a half-day of training on the new booths, and regarding the customer service he has received from Accudraft, Prose reported, “They’ve been great so far.”
While Prose conceded that the Titan booths are very similar to his previous paint booths in some ways, he has noticed improved quality and he also noted, “The appearance of the Titan booth is really nice and you want your shop to look attractive, especially when it has just been built.”
When setting up the new shop, Prose also invested in an Accumix SS Mixing Room and an Accudraft Cut-In Room. He stated, “We love the cut-in booth that Accudraft made. They custom-built a piece of equipment just for us and it fits the area perfectly. We’re able to paint small parts in it and they turn out great. We’re really happy with the efficiency and quality we’re receiving from our new Accudraft products.”
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961 Rt. 10 E, Ste 2K
Randolph, NJ 07869
(800) 524-0340 x112
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