Friday, 07 February 2014 22:26

Former Owner Retakes Northwest Collision in Walla Walla, WA

The founder of Northwest Collision, Paul Rasmussen, will be back in the top job at the auto body repair shop shortly. Five years after selling the business to auto dealer Mark Gilbert, Paul Rasmussen said he is buying the building and will return to the helm of Northwest Collision. Financial terms of the purchase were not disclosed. Gilbert Auto Group Inc., which purchased Northwest Collision in 2008, has been at the center of financial and legal troubles over the past year. Northwest Collision became part of the financial entanglement at the end of 2013. According to a Walla Walla County Superior Court decision last week, G.A. Properties LLC, Northwest Collision of Walla Walla LLC and Mark Gilbert must vacate the Poplar Street property on or before Wednesday in response to a motion for summary judgment filed by Gesa Credit Union. Rasmussen said he will purchase the property at 1390 W. Poplar St. out of foreclosure. He also has a purchase and sale contract to buy the equipment from Gilbert. However, the business itself is not part of the purchase. Rasmussen will start a different legal name for the operation. However, the business will continue to be known to customers as Northwest Collision. Ten or so employees will remain on staff. Rasmussen anticipates others may be added as the business is re-established.

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