by John Yoswick

Positive attitude, strong vendor partnerships pave the way for Brady’s Auto Body

Vancouver, Wash.—As Brady Lander was closing the books on his company’s best year ever in late December, he was also feeling positive about investors and others taking a renewed interest in the collision repair industry.

Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 00:11
Las Vegas—The new Ford F-150 has more shop owners than ever asking themselves: Is an OEM collision shop certification program right for my business? Although Ford’s shop certification program is slated to grow to one of the largest such programs with about 3,000 dealership and...
Thursday, January 1, 2015 - 00:11
Portland, Ore.—Shane Courtney, of Jim Stevens Auto Body, knew it was time for a change. His shop in downtown Portland was still fixing plenty of cars, but its bottom line had eroded. “I’d been doing the same thing for 17 or 18 years, and all of a sudden it wasn’t working,...
Thursday, January 1, 2015 - 00:11
Las Vegas—If there was a common thread to what many of the automakers conveyed at the OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit, hosted in November during the SEMA Show by the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS), it was that collision repairers can expect to hear more from them than...
Monday, December 1, 2014 - 00:11
Portland, Ore.—Operating a body shop in the middle of a city block with little outside parking is challenging – but has its upsides, too, Owner JR Carlson said. Although Fix Auto Portland Downtown has in recent years purchased a small back parking lot, years of operating without much...
Monday, December 1, 2014 - 00:11
Technology has become a double-edged sword for collision repairers. It can distract drivers, leading to accident-damaged vehicles — or it can enable those vehicles to avert the accident before it occurs. Technology can help potential customers find your shop — or find your competitor...
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 23:11
As per-job margins for collision repair work get squeezed, shops are increasingly looking for ways to get as much production out of their facilities as they can. Whether a company has a smaller, single-location shop or multiple larger facilities, the same goal of maximizing production per square...
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 23:11
Woodburn, Ore.—Tim Cooper credits his family’s faith, and the loyalty of great employees and customers, with helping Ken’s Auto Body & Service Center weather the temporary absence of his father, Ken, the company’s founder. “I just see God’s hand in all of...
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 23:11
Scottie’s Auto Body takes wait-and-see approach to structural aluminum repair investments Hillsboro, Ore.—Cookie Landauer said rather than trying to hire new technicians at Scottie’s Auto Body, she prefers to “grow them” inside the shop.  “It’s really...
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 23:11
Detroit—Updates on Ford’s new aluminum-intensive F-150 pickup, plus a look at other new materials and technologies that collision repairers will soon see in their shops, were among the topics at this year’s I-CAR conference in Detroit, where more than 360 people were in attendance...
Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 23:11
While others scaled down, Bob Park expanded collision, restoration, and mechanical shop — doubling grosses Portland, Ore.—While others were scaling back during the recession, Bob and Jeannie Park took an opportunity it offered to expand. After 15 years of operating Superior Performance...
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