ABRA Auto Body & Glass and Caliber Collision Centers have both recently announced that they’re expanding their footprints in the South. ABRA is building a $2-million facility in Collierville, Tenn., near Memphis, while Caliber has recently acquired two collision centers in southern Texas.
According to the Memphis Daily News, Minneapolis-based ABRA is building a 13,100-square-foot shop on 1.3 acres of land. The company acquired the land in mid-March.
“We’ve looked to expand in the Memphis market, and we believe the Collierville area is an ideal community for us,” Tim Aldermann, executive vice president of business development, told the newspaper. “Many of our business partners, which are insurance companies, have expressed a need in that area, so we’re happy to work with the city of Collierville and look forward to serving the community.”
ABRA has eight locations in Tennessee, with three shops in the Memphis area employing around 130 people. In all, ABRA has 99 locations in 11 states, and when its new location opens, it will be either ABRA’s 101st or 102nd, depending on the completion of other stores, the newspaper said.
Caliber Collision Centers, which operates 75 collision centers in California and Texas, recently acquired Collision Correction, a pair of shops located in the Houston area.
Collision Correction was founded in 1998 by owner/operator Terral Hill. The Spring Center location is 26,500 square feet, while the Woodlands Center is 25,000 square feet.
“These centers are strategically located relative to our existing centers in the Houston market to provide additional coverage for our carriers. This is an excellent acquisition and natural fit for Caliber as we execute our mission of being the collision repair center of choice in every community we serve,” said Steve Grimshaw, CEO of Caliber Collision Centers.
Hill, who joins Caliber’s regional operating team as part of the acquisition, added, “We are very excited about joining Caliber and being able to continue delivering the operational consistency, customer focus and overall cost management our customers and insurance clients have come to expect.”
Caliber says it plans to continue acquiring, developing and integrating high-volume collision repair centers into its network.
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