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Beverly CoachCraft Calls Industrial Finishes and Systems ‘More Than Just a Distributor’

Co-owners Dan Schimpke, left, and Bryan Thompson, right, at Beverly CoachCraft in West Los Angeles, CA, love working with Industrial Finishes.

When you’re repairing the finest vehicles in the world, you need to work with world-class companies to ensure your success. Co-owners Bryan Thompson and Dan Schimpke at Beverly CoachCraft in West Los Angeles, CA, know this very well.

So, back in October when they were looking for a new paint jobber, they hoped to find the right company, and they did. Industrial Finishes and Systems matches their culture in many ways, and the move has already benefitted them greatly on multiple levels.

Beverly CoachCraft, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA
Facebook: @beverlycoachcraft
Instagram: @beverlycoachcraft
LinkedIn: @beverlycoachcraft

Company At A Glance...
Type: Collision Repair
Facility Employees: 31
In Business Since: 1979
Number of Locations: One
Production Space: 30,000 square feet

In 1985, Schimpke was hired as a technician and two years later, he acquired half the business from its founder, Peter Sardi. Last year, Thompson became the company’s co-owner, and today he and Schimpke run the show together at Beverly CoachCraft. It has become a special relationship between partners who share the same goals.

Beverly CoachCraft is a Mercedes-Benz Elite and EQ Certified shop, and also certified to work on Teslas. Thompson said the shop also specializes in working on exotic and “hyper-exotic” vehicles and unique vehicles.

To thrive in that “top tier” arena, Beverly CoachCraft needs to hire and retain the industry’s best techs, estimators and painters.

Beverly CoachCraft works primarily on leading luxury brands.

“The short story is we’re looking for winners to meet our revenue goals while heavily focusing on the culture of the shop,” Thompson said. “As we know, the current market has elevated demands for technicians’ salaries. That is why we have to choose our projects wisely, so that we can support top technicians and attract new talent.”

For that reason, they do a lot of little things that go a long way with their employees, Thompson said.

“We have benefits, and we buy them lunch once a month. We have a gaming area for the employees to unwind. We have more of a European business model, where labor has a voice in our operations,” he said. “We bring in young people as apprentices to even out the workload from the journeyman technicians. The guys are treated with dignity and respect, which is probably the most important thing.”

In return, the employees at Beverly CoachCraft are expected to work safely and perform factory quality work.

“We do regular factory service engineer document lookups during each repair,” Thompson said. “All of the structural and mechanical repairs have service engineer lookups done and carefully documented. Things like torque wrenches are calibrated annually. The technical aspects of riveting, bonding and welding are addressed during regular training. As a result, we have a culture where all of our people are a very valuable part of our business, and I believe it works well for that reason.”

Referrals are a big piece of the puzzle at Beverly CoachCraft. “We walk the walk as far as car repairs go, and as a result, we have created a large amount of goodwill in the trade and with the customer. We have a ton of repeat business in a very interesting high-end market on the west side of Los Angeles.”

When Thompson and Schimpke were looking for the right company to provide all their AkzoNobel paint supplies and allied products, they traveled to the Industrial Finishes and Systems headquarters in Eugene, OR.

Beverly CoachCraft vetted a lot of other companies before deciding to sign up with Industrial Finishes.

“We spent a few days with the owner, Stu Barr, and their team and realized rather quickly that our beliefs aligned strongly with theirs,” Thompson said. “They are the real deal, there’s no doubt about it. They’re straight shooters and we respect that because the reputation doesn’t fix the car. We have to climb that hill every day.”

Thompson and Schimpke were looking for market share in Los Angeles and wanted a new business partner that could help them.

“Industrial Finishes had a lot of innovative ideas with regards to helping us with our billing to the insurance carriers,” Thompson said. “In addition, they have some great technology to monitor our liquid consumption and our consumables, which was important to us. They’re definitely interested in us being successful so that we can buy more of their services and products. It’s a win-win, and I can rarely say that about a vendor-buyer relationship.

“We are very impressed so far and they’re continually impressing us more and more,” Thompson said. “They have really gone the extra mile to be sewn into our business. We share their core values, which made the change an easy decision.”

With four people dedicated 100% to providing exemplary customer service for Beverly CoachCraft, Thompson is delighted with everyone at Industrial Finishes and Systems, and looking at a bright future with them on his team.

“They are a lot more than a distributor,” he said. “Product support is so vital in this industry, and Industrial Finishes and Systems is a lot more than just being our jobber. It was very easy to onboard them and everything has happened just like they told us it would.”

Industrial Finishes and Systems
Facebook: @industrialfinishes
Twitter: @indfinishes
Instagram: @industrialfinishesandsystems
LinkedIn: @Industrial Finishes and Systems, Inc.
YouTube: @IndustrialFinishesTV

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