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October 2016 Shop & Product Showcase

Friday, 30 September 2016 22:24

4 Wheel Kustoms and Collision Looks to Future with Matrix Automotive Finishes

Written by Autobody New Staff

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Employees at 4 Wheel Kustoms and Collision rely on Matrix for superior color matching.


Many collision repair industry professionals are uncertain about the future due to the changes taking place nearly every day, but David Traffis, owner of 4 Wheel Kustoms and Collision in Independence, Ohio, is more confident than most.

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At Big Sky Collision Center, Body Technician Danny Hawkins uses the Matrix Wand on 75 percent of the cars coming through the shop and the results are outstanding.


With two locations in Montana, Big Sky Collision Center is a second-generation business run by Matthew McDonnell, 39. McDonnell is a passionate, extremely hands-on and highly innovative owner, but for many years, it did not look as though he would be even working in the collision industry at all.

Friday, 30 September 2016 22:07

Ponto’s Auto Service Works with Jobber to Provide Personal Service

Written by Autobody News Staff

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Ponto’s Auto Service treats the customer as they’d want to be treated.


Rick Ponto, owner of Ponto’s Auto Service in Bradenton, FL, believes that a key to success is providing excellent service at the best possible price.

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Franny Drummond demonstrates how easy it is to use Vibac’s fine line tape.


When it comes to painting a vehicle, the devil is always in the details, but precision is most critical for custom painters like Franny Drummond, owner of Paint Zoo, a custom paint shop in Langhorne, PA.

Friday, 30 September 2016 21:41

Collision Centers Discusses 18-Year Business Partnership with LKQ Corporation

Written by Autobody News Staff


(l to r) Ivan Pino, Pacific Elite and Jorge Chava, LKQ Corporation


Pacific Elite Collision Centers Inc., an MSO operating in Southern California, started working with LKQ Corporation when they opened their doors in 1998.

Friday, 30 September 2016 21:19

Red Hill Collision Stays Ahead of the Game with Hyundai Certification Program

Written by Autobody News Staff

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A glimpse insde the Red Hill Collision facility.


Five years after moving to Southern California from Cuba, 15-year-old Armando Nogueiras began working at his father's shop. By the time he was 25, he owned his own facility. Today, Armando co-owns Red Hill Collision Center with his son, Christian.

Friday, 30 September 2016 20:51

Multi-Generational F. Lofrano & Son Delivers Safer Welds

Written by Autobody News Staff



Family is important at F. Lofrano & Son Inc. Auto Body Repair in San Francisco, CA. The company's five locations are all family-owned and operated, with the third generation of the Lofrano family being a vital component of the shops' success.

Friday, 30 September 2016 17:31

Toyota Carlsbad Collision Center Implements Lean Processes with Goliath Carts

Written by Autobody News Staff

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The Goliath Parts Carts are used to stage and manage parts utilization.


Toyota Carlsbad Collision Center's average tenure for their 65 employees is 15 years.

Friday, 30 September 2016 16:47

High-Quality Paint Booth Helps NE Shop Get “Wreck A Mended”

Written by Autobody News Staff

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(l to r) Fred Buchheister, painter at Wreck A Mended, and Jarrod Krumwiede, owner of the collision repair shop, stand in front of their semi-downdraft Global Finishing Solutions (GFS) Ultra® XS paint booth.


Two years ago, Jarrod Krumwiede resigned from his job as a collision repair manager and decided to open his own body shop in Omaha, NE. He named it “Wreck A Mended.”

Thursday, 29 September 2016 22:24

Rydell Collision Center and Glass Says Equalizer Beats the Competition

Written by Autobody News Staff

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Technician at Rydell Collision Center and Glass uses Equalizer tools to fix a windshield.


The Rydell Group has expanded to nearly 80 stores nationally since the family-owned business opened 62 years ago. The mother store, Rydell Collision Center and Glass, is based in Grand Forks, ND.

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