AutoBody America, a 20-shop collision repair operation with locations in Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas, was acquired by Service King Collision Repair Centers on Dec. 30. The transactions include markets in Nashville, Memphis, Little Rock, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Clarksville, Jackson, TN, Jackson, MS, and Fayettville.
Service King said it will retain AutoBody America’s 250 employees throughout the 20 locations, which will have the capacity to repair more than 40,000 vehicles annually.
“We are very excited to partner with a great company in AutoBody America,” said Mike Abbott, market vice president for Service King.
“Our two companies have similar histories, which makes this merger a natural fit. AutoBody America and their great team will provide a strong platform for Service King in the southeastern United States,” Abbott added.
Jeff McFadden, president of Service King, said, “It’s comforting to partner with an organization that delivers the level of customer service that Service King customers have grown accustomed, and we are very excited to welcome the professionals at AutoBody America to the Service King family."
Pat James, president of AutoBody America, and Will Johnston, vice president of AutoBody America, will continue serving in leadership roles with the company.
“I am so thrilled at this opportunity to join forces with such a solid company that will help my team reach their potential for professional growth,” James said.
Texas-based Service King now operates a total of 83 repair locations with 16 in Tennessee, 55 in Texas, one in Mississippi, three in Arkansas and eight in Arizona.
“Pat, Will and their team have done a wonderful job of serving their customers and insurance partners. We are so excited to build on that level of customer service and become a part of each community,” said Chris Abraham, CEO of Service King.
“Our new team members at AutoBody America will enhance our already talented and tenured leadership team and we are excited about this partnership continuing to spur future growth for the company,” Abraham said.
Service King currently employs more than 1,800 individuals in Texas and Arizona.