By Mike Davey
Fergus, Ontario — September 8, 2016 — CSN-Hutten Collision has held its Grand Opening event, officially opening the collision centre for business. The new facility, a purpose-built 10,700 sq.ft. building, is located in Fergus, Ont.
John Hutten said it was a desire to be “bigger, better, more efficient” that lay behind the decision to erect the new building.
The new shop sits on two acres of land, situated on Glengarry Crescent in Fergus’s industrial area.
“There are a number of reasons, but number one is that we wanted to create a designated area for aluminum repair,” said Hutten. “The F-150s are aluminum, and we’re in a rural area. We see a lot of those trucks.”
Hutten started the business in 1983 in Elora, Ont. At the time, they had just one bay. The company outgrew their 2,700 sq. ft. location and relocated to a three-unit building on St. David St. North in Fergus in 1999. At that time, they occupied just one unit of 3,500 sq. ft.
Over the years, CSN-Hutten Collision Centre took over all three units, bringing the shop up to 7,200 sq. ft. However, the building was not suitable for further expansion, so the decision was made to build a new facility.
The new shop is efficiently laid out, with plenty of room for the new aluminum repair area. Hutten noted that creating a good work environment was also a consideration. A tour of the facility during the Grand Opening event shows that this was successful.
The entire facility is well-lit, bright and spacious. There are garage-style doors set into every exterior wall in the production area. This not only makes it easier to move vehicles in and out, it allows staff to enjoy the maximum of natural light and fresh air when the weather allows.
In addition, the new collision centre has LED lighting, heated floors and uses a Eurovac central vacuum system for all sanding, plus an HVAC system to manage air quality.
“This makes for a very healthy work environment for all employees,” says Hutten.
For more information, please visit huttenauto.com.