COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gus Mallios extends an invitation to his industry colleagues to tour his new corporate office and “super shop,” a state-of-the-art facility costing more than $2 million. It features a robotic framing machine,
When we hear the word "diversification," many of us think of large corporations that are involved in a wide range of industries. But some body shops also have found success through diversification — albeit on a smaller scale. One such shop is I
Shop owners John and Christine Trifari took different paths after leaving the collision repair industry in the mid-'90s — Christine went into sales and marketing and John took a job in the insurance field. But then in 2003 they were both lured
Perhaps the two most important trends in the collision repair business today are a growing emphasis on performance measurements and the increased influence of insurance companies. Although some body shop owners may long for what they perceive as the
Though many collision repair businesses may not admit it, vendors of supplies, parts, tools and materials are like business partners. How efficiently a business runs, its margin of profit, cycle time and even employee productivity are all linked to h
Serving as The Niello Co.'s central collision repair facility for a 30- to 40- mile network of dealerships covering various car lines, the shop doesn't belong to any direct repair programs and has no interest in pursuing them.
The same year that Jackie Robinson became the first African American to play major league baseball, "Meet the Press" made its television debut on NBC, and The Voice of America began to transmit broadcasts into the Soviet Union, a humble body shop ope
Perry Legend Collision Repair Center doesn't restrict itself to auto repairs. The Columbia, Mo.-based shop also repairs tractor-trailers, buses, boats and even farm equipment such as combines. As owner Bill Rajewski puts it, "Our philosophy is, 'If w
A family-owned business nestled in sleepy Tallmadge, Ohio, Padula's Body Shop Inc. has been quietly making noise turning out consistent collision repair work on everything from Rolls Royces to Nissans to Chevys for more than six decades. Angelo Padul
Apparently, there's some truth to the notion after all. Everything is bigger in Texas, including the auto body repair shops, or at least one by the name of ProTech Collision Repair Center in Webster, on the south side of Houston.
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