Toronto, Ontario — In January, Ken Shaw Lexus Toyota in Toronto was honoured by BASF for more than 60 years of business and the shop’s longstanding partnership as a BASF R-M customer.
In 1958, Ken Shaw Senior started the business as a service station after first emigrating from Ireland to Canada. Five years later, Shaw Sr. opened Ken Shaw Motors, starting with Renault and later adding Toyota to the franchise in 1968. After reaching record sales numbers thanks to the Toyota addition, Shaw Sr. decided to expand into the collision segment of the industry and purchased Kingsway Collision in 1971.
Since 1990, the business has operated at its current location at 2336 St. Clair Ave West in Toronto under the name Ken Shaw Lexus Toyota Collision Centre.
Further, since 2015, the facility has expanded its production space, office area and customer lounge. The business also added an additional 10,000 sq. ft. (929 sq. m.) to the metal shop and parts management areas in 2019.
The Shaw family still runs the business as it continues to grow, particularly over the last five years with the acquisition of several key KRP insurer programs.
“Our business model is built on honesty and transparency with our employees, customers, insurance companies and suppliers,” said Danny Jamal, general manager of Ken Shaw Collision Centre. “It is our priority to stay current on training and certification required by Lexus and Toyota Canada. We want to ensure that every customer coming through the door at Ken Shaw Lexus Toyota always walks out satisfied with our work.”
“On behalf of BASF Refinish Canada, we are proud to be partners with Ken Shaw as they celebrate this milestone,” said Mark Huisman, business manager for BASF Refinish Canada. “They have set an example of the work ethic and committment it takes to be successful in this industry.”