Is Talking on a Cell Phone While Driving Safer than Texting?

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Most people recognize the dangers of texting while driving, including the 44 states which have banned the activity for all drivers. However, only 14 states ban talking on a hand held device while driving.

The National Safety Council (NSC) says talking on the phone is no less of a distraction than texting. Driving and cell phone conversations both require a great deal of thought and our brain is unable to do both well at the same time. It’s like trying to read a book and drive a car says the NSC. This multi-tasking often leads to delayed braking times or missed traffic lights and an alarming number of crashes.

This data provided by the NSC for 2014 outlines causes reported for crashes nationwide.

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The bottom line: there’s no safe way to use a cell phone while driving. Like any distractions behind the wheel it’s safest to pull over for any activity that will take your attention from the road.

 

Source: National Safety Council

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ABRA Auto Body & Glass Expands in Chicago a Second Time in Two Weeks

272 Repair Centers in 20 States

 

 

 

 

 

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – (April 17, 2015) – ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a leading national damaged vehicle repair company, announced today it had added yet another location in the Chicago market. This comes just one week after a series of acquisitions made Illinois the largest market for the company.

ABRA’s latest location was acquired through the purchase of Quality Werks Collision Center located in Algonquin, Illinois. The acquisition brings ABRA’s center count in the state to 42 and the company’s total national portfolio to 272 in 20 states.

Today’s announcement is another example of ABRA vigorously making its presence known in large markets across the country. It is all part of a careful and precise growth strategy that is driving the company forward.

ABRA first entered the Chicago market just short of one year ago. President and Chief Executive Officer, Duane Rouse, says the company’s rapid growth is due in part to the dedication of its employees. “We are especially pleased with how quickly we’ve been able to establish such a significant presence in the Chicago area. No other market has grown as quickly or efficiently as Chicago has for us and it is in large part due to the commitment and hard work that every one of our employees displays throughout our daily operations.”

As the company looks for additional opportunities to grow it relies on its employees to continue to instill its culture of honesty and integrity in every repair center. ABRA’s Executive Vice President of Operations, Scott Krohn says, “It is our employees stepping up and our operational excellence systems and processes that lead to successful integration. Our entire team make it a priority to demonstrate phenomenal values as we grow and expand over and over again. It is that dedication that will continue to drive our organization farther.”

Building on its increasing success, ABRA plans to continue expanding in the months and years ahead. It is actively seeking new opportunities to acquire repair centers and integrate them into its industry-leading operating system.

Interested parties in major markets should contact Scott Gerling, Vice President of Corporate Development (sgerling@abraauto.com or 763.585.6210).

For franchise opportunities in small and midsize markets contact Mark Wahlin, Vice President of Franchise Development / Relations (mwahlin@abraauto.com or 763.585.6315).

ABRA is committed to conducting business based on responsible business practices including implementation of environmentally sustainable initiatives, health and safety, and a commitment to the communities in which it serves.

About ABRA Auto Body & Glass
Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, ABRA is a leading provider of vehicle repair services specializing in collision repair, paintless dent removal, and auto glass repair and replacement. ABRA’s mission is to be the best auto body and glass company in America by providing quality repairs, in a timely manner, with friendly, helpful service. For more information about ABRA visit www.abraauto.com

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ABRA Auto Body & Glass Expands Operations in Chicago

271 Repair Centers in 20 States

 

 

 

 

 

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – (April 10, 2015) – ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a leading national damaged vehicle repair company, announced it expanded in Chicago with two separate acquisitions that added four collision repair centers to the metropolitan area.

Today’s transactions included the acquisition of three Zak’s Hi-Tech Collision Centers in Blue Island and Crestwood, Illinois, just outside the Chicago city limits and Acacia Park Auto Body in Chicago, Illinois.

With the newest additions, Illinois now stands as ABRA’s largest market having 41 collision repair centers in the state. This comes just one year after the company first entered the Chicagoland market and is yet another example of its aggressive growth plan. ABRA’s national collision portfolio has reached an impressive 271 centers in 20 states.

As it continues to expand across the country, the company focuses on implementing an operational excellence philosophy in each of its repair centers, making it a preferred option for insurance carriers and customers. ABRA’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Duane Rouse says, “We are pleased to continue to expand our presence in Illinois. Establishing a foothold in a growing number of key locations in the state gives us even more opportunities to show our insurance partners and customers our best-in-class operating methods and innovative service model.”

The company’s management team isn’t losing focus on what’s important. ABRA’s
Executive Vice President of Operations, Scott Krohn says the company has
established positive relationships with insurance partners and earned the trust of
customers. “It’s ABRA’s Op-Ex philosophy and superior processes that set us apart
from competitors. As we continue to evolve and grow, we are working hard to
maintain high customer satisfaction ratings in every repair center. Our
industry-leading processes and commitment to excellence help assure our
customers they will receive the highest-quality workmanship and superior
customer service at any ABRA center they visit.”

Building on its increasing success, ABRA plans to continue expanding in the months
and years ahead. It is actively seeking new opportunities to acquire repair centers
and integrate them into its industry-leading operating system. Interested parties in
major markets should contact Scott Gerling, Vice President of Corporate Development (sgerling@abraauto.com or 763.585.6210).

For franchise opportunities in small and midsize markets contact Mark Wahlin, Vice President of Franchise Development / Relations (mwahlin@abraauto.com or 763.585.6315).

ABRA is committed to conducting business based on responsible business practices including implementation of environmentally sustainable initiatives, health and safety, and a commitment to the communities in which it serves.

About ABRA Auto Body & Glass
Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, ABRA is a leading provider of vehicle repair services specializing in collision repair, paintless dent removal, and auto glass repair and replacement. ABRA’s mission is to be the best auto body and glass company in America by providing quality repairs, in a timely manner, with friendly, helpful service. For more information about ABRA visit www.abraauto.com

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Eight Languages Now Available on abraauto.com

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ABRA is excited to announce ABRAauto.com is now multilingual. The available languages include Chinese, French, German, Hmong, Italian, Polish and Spanish. ABRA cares about its customers and makes every effort to make services available to everyone.

The new translation widget will help customers overcome potential language barriers when navigating ABRA’s website, making it easier to understand and interact with the website in a way that is more familiar.

ABRA wants every customer experience to be an exceptional one and that starts with the ability to research auto body repair shops in the language that customers are most comfortable with. ABRA believes the key to a good relationship is communication and supports that belief with its latest announcement.

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ABRA Auto Body & Glass Opens New Repair Center in West Nashville

267 Repair Centers in 20 States

 

 

 

 

 

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – (April 2, 2015) – ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a leading national damaged vehicle repair company, is continuing its significant growth and expansion with the announcement it has added a new location in West Nashville, Tennessee.

It is the eighth repair center for ABRA in the Nashville metro area. The company’s collision repair center portfolio now stands at 267 in 20 states.

Today’s announcement is another example of ABRA continuing to execute on an aggressive growth strategy to dramatically increase its national footprint. As it continues to expand across the country, the company focuses on implementing an operational excellence philosophy in each of its repair centers, making it a preferred option for insurance carriers and customers.

ABRA’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Duane Rouse, says the company is especially excited about opening the West Nashville repair center. “The new center gives us the opportunity to show our insurance partners and customers our best-in-class operating methods and innovative service model in a state-of-the-art facility.”

ABRA’s Executive Vice President of Business Development, Tim Adelmann says
the company is growing across Tennessee and expects to continue with the addition
of the new repair center. “We have been fortunate to develop exceptional relationships
with our insurance partners and have earned the trust of customers in the Nashville
area over the past several years. This new center allows us to continue to service the
area with the high level of customer satisfaction our partners have come to expect.”

Building on its increasing success, ABRA plans to continue expanding in the months
and years ahead. It is actively seeking new opportunities to acquire repair centers
and integrate them into its industry-leading operating system. Interested parties in
major markets should contact Scott Gerling, Vice President of Corporate Development (sgerling@abraauto.com or 763.585.6210).

For franchise opportunities in small and midsize markets contact Mark Wahlin, Vice President of Franchise Development / Relations (mwahlin@abraauto.com or 763.585.6315).

ABRA is committed to conducting business based on responsible business practices including implementation of environmentally sustainable initiatives, health and safety, and a commitment to the communities in which it serves.

About ABRA Auto Body & Glass
Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, ABRA is a leading provider of vehicle repair services specializing in collision repair, paintless dent removal, and auto glass repair and replacement. ABRA’s mission is to be the best auto body and glass company in America by providing quality repairs, in a timely manner, with friendly, helpful service. For more information about ABRA visit www.abraauto.com

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ABRA Auto Body & Glass Donates $10,000 to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – (March 27, 2015) – ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a leading national damaged vehicle repair company, presented a check for $10,000 to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in late February.

Dozens of well-wishers, ABRA personnel, and Le Bonheur Children’s staff were on hand for the presentation ceremony. Funds were raised last summer when more than 100 golfers and guests gathered for a golf tournament at Colonial Country Club in Memphis, Tennessee.

The donation will support children and their families facing a financial need. “We are extremely grateful for the support from ABRA Auto Body & Glass,” said Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital President and CEO Meri Armour, MSN/MBA. “This donation helps us with our vision of helping children lead healthy and productive lives. We are honored by ABRA’s faith in Le Bonheur.”

ABRA has a long standing history of giving back to organizations in the communities it serves, especially those dedicated to improving the lives of children. “We are happy to support Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital with their mission to provide award winning health care to children,” said Peterson Santos, ABRA’s regional vice president. “We feel honored to contribute to a cause that is near to everyone’s heart.”

Since 1984, ABRA has been supporting charitable causes throughout the United States with similar core and common goals. The company has raised thousands of dollars for local charities across the country.

About Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital
Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, treats more than 250,000 children each year in a 255-bed hospital that features state-of-the-art technology and family-friendly resources. Nationally recognized, Le Bonheur is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Children’s Hospital. Serving as a primary teaching affiliate for the University Tennessee Health Science Center, the hospital trains more pediatricians than any other hospital in the state. For more information, please call (901) 287-6030 or visit lebonheur.org. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/lebonheurchild or like us on Facebook at facebook.com/lebonheurchildrens.

About ABRA Auto Body & Glass
Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, ABRA is a leading provider of vehicle repair services specializing in collision repair, paintless dent removal, and auto glass repair and replacement. ABRA’s mission is to be the best auto body and glass company in America by providing quality repairs, in a timely manner, with friendly, helpful service. For more information about ABRA visit www.abraauto.com

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ABRA Auto Body & Glass Continues to Expand Glass Operations in North Carolina

266 Repair Centers in 20 States

 

 

 

 

 

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – (March 13, 2015) – ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a leading national damaged vehicle repair company, announced the acquisition of four Interstate Glass centers in Raleigh, North Carolina and the surrounding area. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Today’s auto glass acquisition is part of the company’s aggressive and ongoing growth strategy to increase its national footprint and is just seven months after ABRA introduced glass operations in the Charlotte metro area.

ABRA is one of the collision industry’s largest and most-respected collision and glass multi shop repair operators in the country. It uses an operational excellence philosophy that significantly improves its operating metrics, distinguishing it from competitors and making it a preferred option for insurance carriers and vehicle owners. ABRA’s portfolio now includes 266 repair centers in 20 states.

Maintaining high customer satisfaction ratings while growing rapidly is important to
ABRA’s continued success. ABRA’s President and Chief Executive Officer said, “We
are thrilled to be expanding our auto glass operations in Raleigh and approach each
acquisition as an opportunity to demonstrate our operational excellence philosophy
and superior processes to new partners. These processes not only make us an
industry leader but pave the way for our continued success as we look forward to
new opportunities for growth.”

“Today’s expansion allows ABRA to continue to provide exceptional customer service
in the state of North Carolina,” said Jim Richardson, ABRA’s vice president of auto
glass. We’ve purchased a well-established and respected brand and are proud to be
able to continue to service Interstate’s customers in Raleigh and the surrounding area.
We appreciate the tremendous support we’ve received and look forward to showing
customers our innovative service model.”

Building on its increasing success, ABRA plans to continue expanding in the months and years ahead as part of its aggressive national growth strategy. It is actively seeking new opportunities to acquire repair centers and integrate them into its industry-leading operating system. Interested parties in major markets should contact Scott Gerling, Vice President of Corporate Development (sgerling@abraauto.com or 763.585.6210).

For franchise opportunities in small and midsize markets contact Mark Wahlin, Vice President of Franchise Development / Relations (mwahlin@abraauto.com or 763.585.6315).

ABRA is committed to conducting business based on responsible business practices including implementation of environmentally sustainable initiatives, health and safety, and a commitment to the communities in which it serves.

About ABRA Auto Body & Glass
Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, ABRA is a leading provider of vehicle repair services specializing in collision repair, paintless dent removal, and auto glass repair and replacement. ABRA’s mission is to be the best auto body and glass company in America by providing quality repairs, in a timely manner, with friendly, helpful service. For more information about ABRA visit www.abraauto.com

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ABRA Auto Body & Glass Closes on Fourth Acquisition in Four Weeks

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – (February 27, 2015) – ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a leading national damaged vehicle repair company, announced it acquired Crash1 Off Alpine Collision Center in Rockford, Illinois. Today’s transaction is ABRA’s fourth deal in three different states in less than a month.

 

The move signals the company is hitting its growth stride as it executes an aggressive national growth strategy to dramatically increase its national footprint. In less than a year, ABRA’s repair center portfolio in Illinois has grown to 32 centers and its nationwide footprint now stands at 266 in 20 states.

 

Duane Rouse, ABRA’s President and Chief Executive Officer, is pleased with the company’s performance and progress while it continues to develop its acquisition road map. “We are always looking for opportunities to grow and demonstrate to new communities and insurance partners our innovative service model. We’re thrilled with the success we’ve achieved and plan to continue to build on it in the Midwest and across the country.”

The company uses an operational excellence philosophy resulting in industry-leading operating metrics, distinguishing it from competitors and making it a preferred option for insurance carriers and vehicle owners.

Scott Krohn, ABRA’s Executive Vice President of Operations says maintaining superior processes and being a prominent industry leader is no easy task, but the company’s management team and talented employees are certainly up to it. “The commitment and dedication within ABRA is second to none,” Krohn says. “We are continually looking for ways to improve and grow while still maintaining our best-in-class cycle times and high customer satisfaction ratings. Our proven processes, operating metrics, and top notch personnel are what differentiate us from our competitors.”

Building on its increasing success, ABRA plans to continue expanding in the months and years ahead as part of its aggressive national growth strategy.  It is actively seeking new opportunities to acquire repair centers and integrate them into its industry-leading operating system.

Interested parties in major markets should contact Scott Gerling, Vice President of Corporate Development (sgerling@abraauto.com  or 763.585.6210).

For franchise opportunities in small and midsize markets contact Mark Wahlin, Vice President of Franchise Development/Relations (mwahlin@abraauto.com or 763.585.6315).

ABRA is committed to conducting business based on responsible business practices including implementation of environmentally sustainable initiatives, health and safety, and a commitment to the communities in which it serves.

 About ABRA Auto Body & Glass

 Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, ABRA is a leading provider of vehicle repair services specializing in collision repair, paintless dent removal, and auto glass repair and replacement. ABRA’s mission is to be the best auto body and glass company in America by providing quality repairs, in a timely manner, with friendly, helpful service. For more information about ABRA visit www.abraauto.com

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ABRA Auto Body & Glass Continues North Carolina Expansion

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – (February 20, 2015) – ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a leading national damaged vehicle repair company, announced it acquired Triangle Auto Body in the Research Triangle Park neighborhood of Durham, North Carolina. Terms of today’s deal were not disclosed.

It’s the second expansion for ABRA in two different markets in two weeks and comes
less than six months after the company increased its collision and glass presence in
North Carolina.

ABRA’s repair center portfolio now stands at 265 in 20 states. The accelerated and continued growth is part of the company’s aggressive initiative to dramatically increase
its national footprint.

Duane Rouse, ABRA’s President and Chief Executive Officer, is pleased with the company’s growth strategy and its ongoing efforts to deliver value to customers and business partners. “We’re excited about this transaction and proud to have the opportunity to show customers in the Research Triangle Park community and  throughout North Carolina our innovative service model. The market is thriving and we look forward to building on the success we’ve achieved in the region.”

The company uses an operational excellence philosophy resulting in industry-leading operating metrics, distinguishing it from competitors and making it a preferred option for insurance carriers and vehicle owners.

Tim Adelmann, ABRA’s Executive Vice President of Business Development says,
“We’ve received tremendous support from the community and our insurance partners.This acquisition allows us to become a valued partner by showing customers firsthand our operational excellence philosophy and superior processes that make us an industry leader.”

Building on its increasing success, ABRA plans to continue expanding in the months and years ahead as part of its aggressive national growth strategy.  It is actively seeking new opportunities to acquire repair centers and integrate them into its industry-leading operating system.

Interested parties in major markets should contact Scott Gerling, Vice President of Corporate Development (sgerling@abraauto.com  or 763.585.6210).

For franchise opportunities in small and midsize markets contact Mark Wahlin,
Vice President of Franchise Development/Relations (mwahlin@abraauto.com or 763.585.6315).

ABRA is committed to conducting business based on responsible business practices including implementation of environmentally sustainable initiatives, health and safety, and a commitment to the communities in which it serves.

About ABRA Auto Body & Glass
Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, ABRA is a leading provider of vehicle repair services specializing in collision repair, paintless dent removal, and auto glass repair and replacement. ABRA’s mission is to be the best auto body and glass company in America by providing quality repairs, in a timely manner, with friendly, helpful service. For more information about ABRA visit www.abraauto.com

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ABRA Auto Body & Glass and the National Auto Body Council Donate Vehicle to a Recipient from Family Promise

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – (February 17, 2015) – ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a leading national damaged vehicle repair company, is pleased to announce in partnership with the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled RidesTM program, the gifting of a refurbished 2012 Mazda 3 to a recipient from Family Promise.

Shawn (who has asked to remain anonymous) and his two year old daughter accepted the vehicle loaded with food, household items, gift cards, Utah Jazz tickets, and a new car seat. The gifting ceremony took place on January 6 at the ABRA Riverton repair center in Riverton, Utah.

Receiving the gift makes it much more convenient for Shawn to take his ailing daughter to chemotherapy appointments because she’s unable to take public transportation due to her condition. Owning the vehicle will help him become more independent and open up additional job opportunities. Most importantly, it will allow him to spend more time with his daughter.

“This event was a great example of what a community can do when everyone works together on a common mission to change someone’s life,” said Laurie Robinson, shelter & housing manager of Family Promise. “This will transform Shawn’s life for the better and we are very grateful that we were able to participate in this giveaway. Thank you to everyone who participated and helped make this a reality for a family in need.”

“We are truly honored and excited to have the opportunity to work with our
partners to give a helping hand to a family in need,” said Greg Peeters, ABRA
Utah’s vice president. “Lack of reliable transportation is a challenge for many
families, and we are happy to help ease that burden.”

The National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides program is a collaborative
effort by auto body shops, insurers, parts suppliers and others in the collision
industry to repair and donate vehicles to deserving families and community service organizations throughout the United States.

The Mazda 3 was donated by Allstate Insurance and repaired by ABRA Auto Body & Glass with generous donations from Utah Jazz, Utah Highway Safety, Pep Boys, Dent Pro, LKQ, Sherwin Williams, Ogden Auto Towing & Recovery, Westland Ford, Nate Wade Subaru, Bountiful Mazda and Mobile Diagnostics.
About National Auto Body Council
The National Auto Body Council’s mission is to develop, implement and promote community-based initiatives that exemplify the professionalism and integrity of the collision repair industry. For the past 20 years, the National Auto Body Council and its members have been instrumental in helping to shape a positive image for today’s collision industry professionals. NABC members are recognized and acknowledged as responsible businesses that give back to the communities they serve.

About Family Promise
Family Promise has a mission to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence by providing educational outreach, smart programming, effective policies, food, shelter, and support services. They also provide advice and advocacy for at-risk families to prevent their becoming homeless and educate people about poverty and the means to combat it.
About ABRA Auto Body & Glass
Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, ABRA is a leading provider of vehicle repair services specializing in collision repair, paintless dent removal, and auto glass repair and replacement. ABRA’s mission is to be the best auto body and glass company in America by providing quality repairs, in a timely manner, with friendly, helpful service. For more information about ABRA visit www.abraauto.com

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