A Quarter of a Century: Advantage Collision celebrates 25th anniversary

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan — Advantage Collision recently celebrated a huge milestone — 25 years in business.  Ben Gareau, owner and general manager of Advantage Collision has owned the shop for 14 years now, however, the business itself has been around for 25 years.  “Somebody once said that five years is a test of business. If you […]

Seventy Years Strong: Marcel’s Collision in Windsor, Ont. celebrates anniversary

Windsor, Ontario — Marcel’s Collision is thrilled to be celebrating 70 years in business this year.  The facility, a family-run business in Windsor Ontario, set up shop in 1951 and hasn’t looked back. The shop, originally called Marcel’s Service Garage Ltd, was established by Marcel Marier. It is now owned and operated by his nephew, […]

Plastic Palooza: Polyvance celebrates its 40th anniversary

Toronto, Ontario — Polyvance, a collision repair company specializing in plastic repair is celebrating its 40th anniversary this week.  The company was founded as Urethane Supply Company by Jim Sparks in 1981. Sparks created the airless plastic welder to help bumper recyclers repair the urethane bumpers covers that were common at the time.  Before Sparks’s […]

FinishMaster celebrates 50th anniversary

Steve Arndt, president and chief operating officer of FinishMaster.

By CRM Staff   Boucherville, Quebec — May 1, 2018 — FinishMaster recently announced the celebration of its 50th anniversary of operation.    On April 25, 1968 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, founder Jim White completed FinishMaster’s first transaction with the aspiration of delivering automotive aftermarket products to collision repair shops. Over the past 50 years, […]

CARSTAR honours long-serving stores at 1NE conference

Some of CARSTAR's corporate staff, standing before the long list of shops celebrating their fifth, tenth, twentieth or twenty-fifth year as a CARSTAR facility. From left: Karen Rush, Michael Macaluso, and Margie Ford.

Charlotte, North Carolina — August 30, 2017 — CARSTAR North America has recognized the anniversaries and accomplishments of some of its longest-tenured storeowners in Canada and the US. The individual stores were honoured at the recently concluded CARSTAR 1NE conference in Charlotte, North Carolina.    In total, more than 65 facilities were honoured across Canada […]

Car-O-Practor celebrates 30th anniversary

Car-O-Practor, located in Richmond, Ontario. The facility celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Dan Prezeau and Brian Ayotte have owned the facility since it opened.

By Barett Poley Richmond, Ontario — November 29, 2016 — Car-O-Practor is celebrating a milestone. The facility, located at 5949 Ottawa St. in  Richmond, Ontario, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. For Brian Ayotte and Dan Prezeau of Car-O-Practor, communication is the key. You don’t get to a 30th anniversary without a good concept, a […]

CSN-ELITE celebrates 50th anniversary

The team at CSN-ELITE Body Shop celebrates 50 years in business. The facility has been in operation since 1966.

By Jeff Sanford North Vancouver, British Columbia — February 17, 2016 — CSN-ELITE Body Shop of North Vancouver is celebrating a huge milestone this year—fifty years in business. “It’s a little sketchy as to when exactly the shop opened,” says Wade Bartok, the current owner and operator. “We had a fire in 1977 that wiped […]