Hansen’s Collision Center was recognized as the Richfield Area Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month July 11.
Starting with a small staff four years ago, the collision center set out to build a reputation for quality work delivered in a timely manner, according to owners Brady, Kim and Corey Hansen.
It started with the Hansen brothers deciding to strike out on their own. After years of working in the auto body industry and seeing how much potential for growth there was, they started looking for ground.
Each step of the business has led to the next, Brady said.
First, the Hansens hired a small staff to do the best possible work they could repairing vehicles. With a single paint booth, the crew was able to build a reputation for quick turnaround times.
Soon the shop was full, and the Hansens had to expand.
“This is about as empty as you’ll see this shop,” Brady said, walking through a body shop lined with vehicles, fenders, doors and hoods all in various stages of repair.
Brady said the business has built relationships that have resulted in contracts with large truck companies, insurance agencies and even the Utah Department of Transportation.
Hansen’s sandblasts the rust from snowplows and repaints them. The salt and water that snowplows are exposed to in the course of their job results in corrosion that can lead to structural failure, so maintenance is key to making the machines last.
The addition of contracts, as well as the ongoing foot traffic, resulted in Hansen’s having to add another building with an additional paint booth and a sandblasting facility. Not long after, a third building dedicated to nothing but sandblasting was built.
Finally, the business’s newest venture is its largest expansion yet: a dedicated diesel shop with a paint booth large enough for an entire semi.
The shop also has a frame rack---the first in south central Utah---which can straighten bent frames on a semi.
“It could tear a car to pieces,” Hansen said.
In addition to specialty equipment for repairing semis, the new shop will have its own office.
Hansen’s just hired its 18th employee. In four years the business has grown from a single building to a complex.
“Determination can get anything done,” Brady said.