J. Hunter & Associates, an independent, third-party company that assists auto body shops and PBE jobbers nationwide in managing material usage and the shop level, announced that it has handed out the first two of three awards for auto body repair shops achieving “Excellence in Material Management.” One shop location is chosen in each of three categories: MSO, independent single location auto body repair shops and fleet/large vehicle repair centers.
Scott’s Collision Center of Stroudsburg, Pa., has been chosen in the MSO category, and Big Sky Collision of Billings, Mont., has been chosen in the independent shop category. The selection process is not yet complete for the fleet/large vehicle repair centers.
Shops must meet high industry standards in order to be considered for these awards, including meeting or exceeding all environmental regulations, minimizing waste and using quality warranted paint materials. Shops are compared with six separate metrics that include measurements demonstrating the minimization of waste and environmental impact, cost control as measured per RO and per refinish labor unit, and producing quality repairs. Their cumulative ranking in all six KPIs determines their rank within their peer group.
These shops were chosen out of groups who:
- Agreed to have their KPIs compared within their respective group
- Had their purchases submitted independently
- Supplied several key sales inputs needed to complete the calculations
- Had their material management reports compared for at least one year
This is the first year that J. Hunter & Associates has presented these awards.