Wednesday, 22 September 2021 14:52

Utah MSO and AkzoNobel’s Autowave Waterborne by Sikkens Are a Seriously Perfect Match

Written by Autobody News Staff
The crew at Cascade Collision loves Sikkens Autowave because it’s easy to apply and the finished product is spectacular. The crew at Cascade Collision loves Sikkens Autowave because it’s easy to apply and the finished product is spectacular.


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When you’re an MSO with four locations, everything you do needs to be scalable and adaptable when it comes to tools, products, training and equipment.

Cascade Collision Repair
Location: Provo, UT
(515) 964-7291


Facebook: @CascadeCollision

Twitter: @cascadecollision


Company at a Glance…

Type: Collision Repair
Facility Employees: 105
In Business Since: 2000
Number of Locations: Four
DRP Programs: 10
Combined Production Space: 15,000 square feet


If you’re not all on the same page, any MSO will suffer, and that’s why Cascade Collision, with four locations in Utah, makes sure its three co-owners are constantly looking for solutions that will create uniformity with its production processes without sacrificing one iota of quality.

As part of their approach to doing business, Cascade Collision switched roughly five years ago from its previous paint supplier to AkzoNobel, to spray its Autowave waterborne product.


AkzoNobel Cascade SPS Oct 2021 2

All four Cascade locations use digital color matching tools designed by AkzoNobel called Automatchic and MIXIT.


Brothers Russ, Brian and Dan Nichols run the show at Cascade, with each playing a different but very important role. Part of their master plan is strategically opening new locations in Utah, but only if the opportunity is right. They recently decided to build their fifth location in Eagle Mountain, UT, to leverage their success in the Beehive State.


Cascade Collision’s success story began back in 2000, and its steady path to expansion has been built on smart decisions when it comes to things such as tools, equipment and OEM training for its 100-plus employees.


Repairing 1,000 vehicles every month is a challenging ask, but the Nichols family is poised and prepared to take it on. A big part of that formula involved switching over to the Sikkens Autowave waterborne system by AkzoNobel, praised for its coverage and sprayability, and lauded worldwide for its ability to create incredible finishes.


The timing for the switchover in 2017 was perfect for Cascade Collision because its former paint was struggling to meet the quality and speed needed, causing bottlenecks and slowing down production, co-owner Brian Nichols said.


“We began running into various issues with the paint brand and it became problematic after a while. We were spending a lot of non-productive time playing around with chips, so we decided to meet with all of the paint companies.”


To assist in the search for a new paint vendor, Cascade Collision’s Production Manager John Barratt played a pivotal role in the vetting process by meeting with every paint company over a six-month period.


Coincidentally, Barratt attended UVSC (now UVU) in Orem in 1999, where he received an excellent education on every aspect of the collision repair industry from instructor Terry Nichols---the father of his new bosses, Russ, Brian and Dan.

Cascade was an early adapter when it came to embracing waterborne paint in 2010 and proud of it.


"In the end, it came down to two things---cutting down on our waste disposal and being a green operation," Barratt said. "By using the Sikkens Autowave waterborne system, quality of the finished product that we’re getting every time is excellent, so we are...

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