The crew of a Boardman, Ohio, Dodge collision center that closed in July after Chrysler rid itself of nearly 800 dealerships was recently given a second chance by a former competitor the owner of a Pontiac dealership.
Jim Pace of Youngstown-based Pace Pontiac acquired the Frederick Dodge collision center after the dealership closed in July. Next, Pace approached the former manager, Chuck Brill, about reassembling the shop’s former crew at what would become Pace Collision.
“We were Frederick Chrysler Jeep Dodge. Chrysler shut us down four months ago,” Brill recently told WYTV Channel 33. “Jim Pace approached us and wanted to open it back up as a collision shop, and we ended up bringing everybody back. Seven guys are back to work.”
The shop, which will perform repairs on any make or model, reopened on Monday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Brill told Youngstown’s Business Journal that he’s optimistic about how the shop will perform under new ownership.
“I think we should do really good,” he said.