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Fred Beans dealership


When he was just 20 years old, Fred Beans purchased a gas station garage in Yardley, Pennsylvania. He eventually expanded it to include 12 employees. With a passion for the automobile industry, Beans sold the business and traveled to Doylestown, PA to begin building what is now the Fred Beans Group, which includes 18 dealerships, six CARSTAR collision repair centers along with a parts warehouse, an express lube and automotive accessories store, a towing company and a detail and accessory center.

MA Collision Center Finds Multiple Benefits Hiring Students in Family Business
Cape Auto Body, located in Plymouth, Massachusetts, was established in 1952.

More than a decade ago, Cape Auto Collision Center in Plymouth, MA, began hiring co-op students from local technical high schools to help in the body shop. 

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Elizabeth and Franciso Mayoral, owners of JC Collision in Bakersfield, CA, received a certificate of recognition in May.

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The front of the Phil Long Collision Center building in Colorado Springs, CO

Utah Shop Focuses On OEM Certifications & Educating Customers About Parts

The family-owned business in Salt Lake City, Utah was founded by Karl Otto Schmidt in 1936


Karl Schmidt has managed Go Collision Repair’s body shop in Salt Lake City, Utah since 2007. The family-owned business was founded by Karl Otto Schmidt in 1936, and is currently owned by Walter Schmidt. Autobody News spoke to Karl about the importance of OEM certifications and how he educates customers about the difference in parts.

Mike Orso

Mike Orso, owner of Nick Orso's Body Shop and Service Center and president of NY State Auto Collision Technicians Association

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Located in Zanesville, Ohio, Brown's Body Shop has 15 employees, including two students who work there part-time

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Autobody News spoke to Steve Ranck at CARSTAR John Hine in California about the collision center’s decision to join the network in April 2015 and find out how it has benefited the business.

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Audra Fordin, owner/operator of Great Bear Auto Repair and Auto Body Shop in Flushing, NY


Autobody News spoke to Audra Fordin, owner of Great Bear Auto Repair in Flushing, New York about the body shop she has run since 1997.

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 Autobody News talked to Barry Jost Sr., general manager of Jost Garage in New Jersey, about the fourth-generation family business. Established by Wesley Jost in 1923, Jost Garage started as a Studebaker dealership in Long Island, New York.

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