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Car-O-Liner welcomes Color Compass Corporation as new distributor

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 07:00
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Car-O-Liner, a leading global provider of high-quality, technologically-advanced collision repair solutions to the automotive aftermarket, announces that Color Compass Corporation is a Distributor of Car-O-Liner equipment with a territory representing British Columbia, Canada.

Color Compass Corporation is the largest independent automotive refinishes and related auto body supplies distributor in Canada.  Through the years, Color Compass Corporation has grown to a team of over 265 dedicated staff operating within 27 locations throughout Canada.

Color Compass traces its roots back to 1959 in Edmonton, Alberta, where the group's oldest company, Carlson Body Shop Supply was founded by Bill Carlson. Three years later in Vancouver, British Columbia, White & Peters was founded by Jim White and Walt Peters in 1962. One year after that, in 1963, Cy Chase founded Chase Auto Body Supplies in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In an effort to further expand their distribution network as well as increase their buying power Jim White & Walt Peters founded Mutual Warehouse (now PBE Distributors) in 1968.  In 1984, Color Compass was founded with the acquisition of both White & Peters and Mutual Warehouse in British Columbia. With an eye on expansion and growth in Western Canada, Color Compass moved into Alberta with the acquisition of Carlson Body Shop Supply and PBE Distributors in 1987. Over the next ten years, the group would consolidate Mutual Warehouse within PBE Distributors and further strengthen the already strong Carlson's brand in Edmonton and Calgary. In 1997, the growth continued with the group’s largest acquisition to date with the purchase of Chase Auto Body Supplies in Winnipeg, Manitoba. As in the past, Color Compass further expanded its distribution network by opening a PBE Distributors warehouse location in Winnipeg at that time as well. With an eye on further strengthening its position in British Columbia and Alberta, 2006 and 2007 saw the acquisitions of Valley Car Colour in Langley BC, and Rocky Mountain Sales in Edmonton.  In 2011 the Color Compass Corporation finalized what would become a pivotal moment in the group's strong presence in Western Canada, with the acquisition of the corporate Akzo Nobel jobber stores in Alberta and British Columbia. With the acquisition, Chase Auto Body Supplies moved west, growing both in terms of size and talent, keeping a sharp focus on expanding their new markets within Alberta and British Columbia. 

“We are extremely excited to be working with Car-O-Liner Company and look forward to a great partnership”, said Mort Hall, General Manager of Color Compass Corporation. “Car-O-Liner gives us an exciting and respected product line to offer to our clientele which in turn will only make them more efficient and profitable”

Doug Bortz, Director of Sales & Marketing for Car-O-Liner added, “Car-O-Liner is very proud to partner with Color Compass and we see great opportunity to serve our customers better as we continue to grow at a rapid pace.  Color Compass is a well-respected supplier for much of Canada and they came highly recommended directly from their customers.  We are excited to work with Mort Hall and Color Compass in British Columbia”.

To contact Color Compass Corporation, call 604.540.7200, e-mail, or visit   

About Car-O-Liner

Car-O-Liner is a global leader in equipment manufacturing for automotive collision repair professionals.

Car-O-Liner products provide a total repair solution with the highest level of accuracy and efficiency to return vehicles to their pre-accident condition. Unlike others, Car-O-Liner offers a full line of products, including the world’s most comprehensive vehicle database, and leads the industry in OEM certified approvals. 

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