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Service King Acquires Five Stores of B & B Body and Paint
9/15/2011 9:37:17 AM

Service King Collision Repair Centers, a Texas-based operator of collision repair facilities in the Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston and San Antonio markets, has agreed to purchase B & B Body and Paint, which operates five large-scale, high-volume collision centers in Austin, San Marcos and Leander, Texas. The transaction is expected to be completed by October 28, 2011. 

The addition of B & B Body and Paint positions Service King as the largest independently and employee-owned collision repair organization in the U.S. With 47 Texas locations throughout Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston, Service King can now serve 70 percent of the $1.5 billion total collision market in Texas. 

"The acquisition of B & B Body and Paint allows us to start serving the people of South Austin, North Austin, San Marcos, Round Rock and Leander, Texas," said Jeremy Lennox, Service King's vice president, Austin market. "We look forward to adding B & B's talented employees and skilled technicians to our base of over 1,200 Service King teammates throughout Texas."

Added Craig Van Cleve, owner of B & B Body and Paint, "We're very excited about B & B Body and Paint joining the Service King team. For the past 32 years, our success has been driven by our unrelenting focus on complete satisfaction and respect for our customers and employees. Service King will continue on with these same core values."

Cathy Bonner, president of Service King, said, "At the five B & B locations, we'll offer Service King's renowned level of friendly and professional customer service. The quality of work by highly skilled and expertly trained body technicians and painters will carry a lifetime guarantee. In DFW and Houston, Service King is known as one of the 'best places to work,' and we plan to bring our same level of health, retirement and career benefits to all new teammates in Austin.

"The reason Service King is the largest employee-owned collision repair center in the United States is because the people in this company care about their customers and the trauma they go through after a collision. At Service King, we don't just fix wrecked cars; we help make people's lives easier. And we do it with a team that puts their hands and hearts completely into their work, always taking pride in the service we give and the company we own."


In 1976, Eddie Lennox, chairman and CEO of Service King, bought a small tin shack in west Dallas, complete with a hand-painted sign that read, "Service King." One of his earliest employees was a young man still in high school, Craig Van Cleve. 

"I took notice of Craig's tremendous entrepreneurial spirit and, in 1979, sold him his first shop in downtown Dallas," said Lennox.

In 1981, Van Cleve's brother, Kyle, joined and helped Craig's Collision Centers grow to six locations in the DFW metroplex. In 2002, the Van Cleve brothers acquired B & B locations in Austin and have grown it to include locations in Round Rock, Leander and a new South I-35 location.

Lennox said, "My son Jeremy Lennox was one year old when I started Service King, and now he's the vice president that will lead the Austin market as this circle between us and Craig is complete."

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