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Wednesday, 18 May 2022 12:48

Auto Body Shop Gunning for Excellence with SATA Products

Written by Autobody News Staff
553 Auto Body & Collision/Super Car Restoration has been doing both collision repair and vehicle restoration since 2014. 553 Auto Body & Collision/Super Car Restoration has been doing both collision repair and vehicle restoration since 2014.

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Located on Route 553, a 20-mile state highway in Indiana and Cambria counties in Pennsylvania, 553 Auto Body & Collision and its sibling company, Super Car Restoration, operate side-by-side in the same facility.

553 Auto Body & Collision/Super Car Restoration
Location: Penn Run, PA
(724) 254-0553
www.553autobody.com

Facebook: @scr553

 

Company at a Glance…
Type: Collision Repair/Vehicle Restoration
Facility Employees: Nine
In Business Since: 2014
Number of Locations: One
Combined Production Space: 13,000 square feet

 

In 2014, Jamie Cooper and his partner Joe Griffith opened their doors with the initial intention of doing strictly Concours restorations. Several things have changed for the company in the last eight years, but many have stayed the same, including their dedication to quality and the fact they paint every vehicle using SATA spray guns, exclusively distributed by Dan-Am Company.

 

The plan was to do a little collision repair but focus on restoring classic American cars. But when Cooper and Griffith’s friends started getting into accidents, the collision repair side of their business blew up. Now the company does a mix of half restoration and half collision work, a combination that works well for Cooper and his nine employees, he said.

 

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Painter Jared Turner applies epoxy to a 1969 Camaro with his SATA spray gun. That’s Jamie Cooper instructing Turner in the background.

 

Located in a former bus garage, 553 Auto Body & Collision and Super Car Restoration originally operated out of a 3,000-square foot building. But as the company grew, Cooper and Griffith kept adding space. Today, the facility is 13,000 square feet, with a downdraft paint booth, parts department, offices and an area where they can dismantle and reassemble hot rods for their discerning restoration customers.

 

Cooper is a hands-on owner and not afraid to jump in and help his crew in any way. “I'm at the shop by 5:30 a.m. to prepare the production schedule for the 7:00 production meeting and try to close the shop down by 5:30 or 6 p.m.," he said. "A lot of our people are cross-trained and willing to step in when needed. That’s why we didn’t miss a beat when COVID hit us.”

 

Back in 1987, Cooper landed a job sweeping floors at a shop owned by Gary Goss from his church. Years later, when he painted his first car---a 1977 Monte Carlo---he wasn’t even old enough to drive it.

 

“My older brother Shawn drove it and got sideswiped by a tractor trailer, and now he is my production manager,” he said.

 

To learn as much as he could about the industry and develop skills he could use every day, Cooper graduated from Vale Technical Institute in Blairsville, PA. He was an excellent student and was honored as the valedictorian in his class.

 

After working for a handful of shops over the next three decades, Cooper decided to...


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