The acquisition continues an expansion by Caliber that began in 2009 and has seen the company grow from 68 sites to more than 400 centers in 16 states and Washington, D.C., according to information on the company’s website.
Caliber now ranks as the largest collision repair chain in the nation, the company says.
Aspen Paint and Body, owned by Bryan Wilson, opened in Pueblo as a two-man shop in 1990 and grew to employ 26 people and restore 4,500 cars a year, according to a 2014 feature story in The Pueblo Chieftain.
Wilson called the Caliber offer “a really good opportunity” and noted the company agreed to keep the shop’s existing employees. He plans to devote time to his other ventures, including the family’s real estate and property management business, he said.
“I just would like to thank the Pueblo community for all of the years of support and being so great to us,” Wilson said.
A statement posted on Aspen’s Facebook page pays tribute to Wilson: “We wish the best for Bryan Wilson. .?.?. He worked very hard and kept a lot of people employed for 26 years. We will miss him for sure.”
Business Briefs are compiled from staff reports and Chieftain wire services.
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