by John Yoswick

Recession provides boon for Superior Performance with new location, larger shop

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 out of a 5,000-square-foot shop on Highway 30, well outside the Portland core, the Parks two years moved into a space 10 times larger just blocks from the city’s trendy Pearl District.

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 00:11
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...
Monday, September 1, 2014 - 00:11
Identifying counterfeit product and impeding its sale prove formidable Detroit—The government wants collision repair shops to report any counterfeit airbags they see, but it can’t tell shops exactly how to identify a counterfeit airbag. Part of the problem, according to Chris Caris, co-...
Friday, August 1, 2014 - 00:11
Beaverton, Ore.—Jeff Drake said a lesson from his father has always served as his business philosophy. “My dad had his own business, and he always said, ‘Take care of people and the business will take care of itself,’” Drake said. “That’s what we really try...
Friday, August 1, 2014 - 00:11
Boise, Idaho—Supplements are a defect. At least that’s how second-generation owner Matt Thornton, of Parks Royal Body Works in Boise, Idaho, views any supplements once a repair job is in process. “Someone didn’t follow the procedure or they assumed way too much,”...
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 00:11
San Diego—As shops around the country scramble to gear up to work on aluminum, All-American Paint & Body is already prepared with a dedicated aluminum “clean room” that has its own vacuum system and Miller and Car-O-Liner aluminum and brazing welders. Shop Manager Sebastian...
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 00:11
San Diego—Shop environmental efforts, career advancement tips, and trends impacting total losses were all on the agenda at the 2014 educational conference of the Women’s Industry Network (WIN) in May in San Diego. Though the conference is designed to bring together women involved in all...
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 00:11
Bend, Ore.—When Robin Barnes and Patty Rauch opened a second location for Professional Auto Body in 2006, the Central Oregon economy was rocking. “We were bursting at the seams over here,” Rauch said of the company’s original 10,000-square-foot shop.  “We used to...
Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 00:11
Portland, Ore.—The most recent “Repairer Roundtable” was not limited, as it has been previously, to just collision repair shop representatives. That was by design and benefited the discussion, according to Aaron Schulenburg, executive director of the Society of Collision Repair...
Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 00:11
Boise, Idaho—The owner of Mike Minegar’s Auto Body doesn’t hesitate when asked about some of the good decisions he’s made in business. “About a year ago I got involved in the Idaho Autobody Craftsman Association,” Mike Minegar said. “That was probably one...
Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 00:11
San Diego—Throughout his 40-year career in the body shop industry, Rocky Frost has overseen a small start-up shop, a large established business with lots of employees and insurance direct repair work, and a shop focused as much on custom and restoration work as collision repair. All of those...
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