ABRA Auto Body & Glass Enters Northeast U.S.

ABRA Enters Northeast US

 

 

 

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – (May 1, 2015) – ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a leading national damaged vehicle repair company, announced sizable expansion today with a move into the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Delaware market. The growth is the result of the acquisition of 12 Keenan Auto Body locations. Details of today’s deal were not disclosed.

The expansion establishes ABRA’s first presence in this region. The bold move into the Northeast signals the company is not backing down from its plan to be an industry leader in major markets around the country. With the acquisition of such a dominant and reputable multi-shop operator, ABRA is positioned for substantial success and considerable growth throughout the region.

ABRA’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Duane Rouse says the outstanding leadership and operational strength that Keenan Auto Body developed over the years is key for ABRA as it enters uncharted territory in the Northeast. “We are carefully considering our approach as we enter new markets, especially ones as sizable as Philadelphia. The purchase of a brand with such well-established history and strength as Keenan, creates exciting opportunities for us as we seek to establish and further develop ABRA’s presence in the region.”

ABRA plans to build on the extensive relationships Keenan has established in the market. President and Chief Operating Officer of Keenan’s, Mike LeVasseur says, “This is a tremendous opportunity and I am excited to continue to grow the deep relationships we’ve developed in the community. Our business partners and customers have been instrumental in our success and we look forward to continuing to serve them with ABRA.” FOCUS Investment Banking, LLC acted as advisor to Keenan in connection with the transaction.

As it plans to continue expanding in the months and years ahead, ABRA 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 763.585.6210).

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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Sun Hazards in Your Car

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When thinking about sun exposure, you might envision yourself on the beach or exercising outdoors. But millions of Americans receive a large portion of their sun exposure when they don’t even realize it — in their cars.

For years, dermatologists have observed that patients in the US often have more sun damage on the left side of their faces than on the right. Research increasingly points to ultraviolet A (UVA) radiation penetrating through car windows.

UV radiation from the sun is associated with almost 90 percent of all skin cancers. Glass effectively blocks UVB, and windshields are specially treated to block UVA as well, but a car’s side and rear windows allow UVA to penetrate.

UV exposure we receive while driving a car adds up. The more time spent driving a vehicle, the more severe this photo damage is to the left side. In countries where the driver’s side is the right side, people tend to develop more sun damage and skin precancers on the right. Certain precancers can turn into squamous cell carcinoma, the second most common form of  skin cancer.

Ways to Protect Yourself

Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 15 or higher to your face, arms, neck and hands, about half an hour before you drive.

Wear protective clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts, long pants, UV-blocking sunglasses, and hats with a brim of at least three inches all around.

Apply tinting or laminating (applying UV-protective film) to the window glass. Window tinting is regulated in many states, so be sure to check the laws.

Source: Skincancer.org

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

Asian woman using phone driving car

 

 

 

 

 

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

ABRA LT 3

 

 

 

 

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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