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The collision division of Greulich’s Automotive Services of Arizona was recently acquired by multi-shop operator Service King Collision Repair Centers.

Service King will take over the ownership and operation of Greulich’s three collision repair locations in Scottsdale, Mesa and Peoria, AZ. Greulich’s Automotive Service has been a provider of automotive services throughout the Phoenix metro area since 1977. The acquisition officially closed March 26.

Service King now operates more than 80 collision repair locations throughout Arizona, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas.

“We are very excited to work with a company with as much history in Arizona as Greulich’s Automotive Services,” said Chris Anderson, market vice president for Service King. “Both companies share a similar commitment to continued innovation, quality repairs and customer satisfaction, which will make this partnership successful.”

Larry H. Miller Group Dealerships has acquired seven dealerships in Arizona for an undisclosed price. It is the privately-held group’s largest acquisition to date.

The newly acquired stores bring the Sandy, UT, group’s dealership total to 55 in seven western states. Four of the new stores are located in Tucson: Tucson Dodge Ram, Tucson Chrysler Jeep, Tucson Fiat and Tucson Volkswagen. The other three are in Avondale, a western suburb of Phoenix: Avondale Chrysler Jeep, Avondale Dodge Ram and Avondale Fiat.

On February 19, the FinishMaster/PPG San Diego Roundtable Group awarded its 2012 winners.

The group is comprised of refinish technicians from some of the top shops in the San Diego area who are FinishMaster customers using the PPG EnvirobaseHP paint line.

The groups meets for breakfast every other month to discuss issues, suggestions, and successes. As a technicians’ meeting, painters share techniques, color information, how they overcame certain issues and also gives them the opportunity to network with other refinish technicians.

The three award winners are: David Collins of Courtesy Chevrolet in Mission Valley (South Group) who won a Participation Leader Plaque); Fransisco “Chico” Valdovinos of Mossy Collision Center in Escondido (North Group) who won a Participation Leader Plaque; and Javier Castaneda of FIX Auto/Carter Collision in Mission Valley who won a Participation Leadership Award.

Friday, 05 April 2013 09:36

Da-Les Auto Body Plans Expansion

Da-Les Auto Body in Sunnyvale is resuming its proposal plans to expand to a neighboring city.

With the opening of its new location in Mountain View, Da-Les Auto Body plans to hire approximately 15 employees to work at the shop.

Duane Stewart closed his long-time auto body repair business, D&L Body and Plastics, Inc., in Bellingham, WA,  on March 29.

Stewart and his father, Les, opened the business at 1421 N. Forest St. in 1962. Now 79, he started working in the industry as a teenager.

After 50 years in the business, Stewart retired from the business he loved and from which he operated at the same address in Bellingham for more than 50 years, the Bellingham Herald reported.

Capitol Collision Repair Specialists of Phoenix has added Star Rent-A-Car as a satellite rental car location.

Capitol Collision Repair is one of the largest independent body shops in Phoenix and recently celebrated their 25th anniversary in business.