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Wednesday, 22 September 2021 17:02

Full Conversion to Car-O-Liner Equipment Gives Frank's Collision Repair Competitive Edge

Written by Autobody News Staff
Frank's Collision Repair unveiled its New Complex Repair Center in Baytown, TX, on Opening Day, June 17. This is the centralized location where all the extensive repairs needed---for clients in all locations---will be done. Frank's Collision Repair unveiled its New Complex Repair Center in Baytown, TX, on Opening Day, June 17. This is the centralized location where all the extensive repairs needed---for clients in all locations---will be done.

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Frank McClosky of Frank’s Collision Repair in Baytown, TX, turned one location into six in less than 20 years, partly by keeping up with the latest technology. This helps explain why, about a year ago, he switched all Frank’s Collision Repair frame machines to Car-O-Liner.

Frank’s Collision Repair
Location: Baytown, TX
(281) 427-8508
frankscr.com

 

Company At A Glance...
Type: Collision Repair
Facility Employees: 95 to 100
In Business Since: 2003
Number of Locations: Six
Combined Production Space: 125,687 square feet

 

Also, with business partner Ben Kasper taking over the day-to-day functions, McClosky can concentrate on finding ways to improve operations.

 

"Without that, I might not have found Car-O-Liner," he said. "I'd have been in the weeds every day trying to run a body shop."

 

Car O Liner Oct 2021 SPS 2

A Car-O-Liner machine at the Complex Repair Center in Baytown is set up to take measurements of the frame.

 

Besides keeping employee turnover low and repeat business high, McClosky said he “strives to have a collaborative and not an adversarial relationship with our customers and insurance partners. We’re all trying to solve the same problem, and keeping that in mind, helps things go more smoothly.”

 

Growing up as a mechanic’s son, McClosky, 51, spent a lot of time around cars as a kid, though he thought he’d go a different route himself, he said.

 

"I have always liked cars. I like all kinds. Fast, slow, big, small. I grew up working on cars with my dad, but I wanted to go to college and get a nice white-collar job. That seemed like more fun," he said.

 

McClosky worked at body shops while earning his bachelor’s degree in business and learned to communicate equally well with technicians and owners. This brought him to the attention of an industry leader.

 

“I was recruited by [paint manufacturer] PPG, and I did that for six years,” he said. “I went back to the last place I worked in the collision industry, and the owner was ready to [step aside].”

 

So, he bought the shop and the company.

 

Martha Barnett didn’t want to be the owner anymore,” he said. “She enjoyed the industry but didn’t like the rest of it. She still works for me 18 years later. I worked for her and now she works for me.”

 

McClosky now runs shops in Crosby, Dayton, LaPorte and Webster, and a second, larger one in Baytown will function as...


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