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May 7, 2014
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BASF honors Performance Group Shops of the Year

SOUTHFIELD, MI, May 7, 2014 – BASF Automotive Refinish recently recognized five collision repair shops as 2013 Performance Group Shops of the Year at its VisionPLUS Business Solutions Performance Group Conference in Clearwater, Florida.

Collision repair shops that utilize BASF’s VisionPLUS Business Solutions  and participate in the program’s Performance Group meetings were eligible for the award.  VisionPLUS Business Solutions is a comprehensive suite of value-added programs designed to grow sales and streamline business operations to gain a solid competitive edge in the collision repair industry.

The five winners were selected based on criteria including sales improvement; overall gross profit improvement; VisionPLUS Performance Group meeting attendance; and meeting participation and contributions.  “We are proud to be a part of our customers’ success,” said Marcos Corradin, Marketing Manager BASF Automotive Refinish.  “It is great to see profitable growth in this market and know that BASF continues to be a key partner in this process.”

The 2013 winning shops are:

  • Auto Body Specialties, Springfield, Ore., Byron Davis, Owner.
  • Crystal Lake Automotive, Lakeville, Minn., Jim Siegfried and Karl Drotning, Owners.
  • Frank’s Autobody Collision Solutions Network, Vernon, British Columbia, Canada, Matt Brunelle, Jesse Brunelle, Dave Brunelle and Rene Brunelle, Owners.
  • LaMettry’s Collision, Richfield, Minn., Joanne LaMettry, Owner.
  • Center Square Motors, Blue Bell, Pa., Chuck Dietch, Owner.

VisionPLUS Performance Groups bring together collision repair shop owners and managers several times a year to discuss and compare ideas, industry updates, financial benchmarking, business analyses, leadership skills, winning strategies and more. The Performance Group Conference is a two-day event developed to discuss best practices, trends in the industry and how collision repair shops can achieve higher efficiency.

BASF's Automotive Refinish business makes and markets coatings for the collision repair, commercial fleet and automotive specialty markets. Its paint products are supported by technical training programs, advanced color information systems and business management and planning tools.

For more information on VisionPLUS, please watch this YouTube video or visit www.basfrefinish.com.

For press photos, please click on the following links: 

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Photo caption: AutoBody Specialties receiving the BASF 2013 Performance Group Shop of the Year Award.  Pictured from left to right - Doug Grantham, Business Development Manager BASF, Byron and Kit Davis, Auto Body Specialties, Paul Whittleston, Vice President Business Management Automotive Refinish and Industrial Coatings BASF, John Moreau, Zone Manager BASF

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Photo caption: Crystal Lake Automotive receiving the BASF 2013 Performance Group Shop of the Year Award.  Pictured from left to right - Marty Martinez, Business Development Manager BASF, Jim Siegfried, Crystal Lake Automotive, Paul Whittleston, Vice President Business management Automotive Refinish and Industrial Coatings BASF, John Moreau, Zone Manager BASF

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Photo caption: LaMettry Collision receiving the BASF 2013 Performance Group Shop of the Year Award.  Pictured from left to right - Harold Thompson, Business Development Manager BASF, Joanne LaMettry, LaMettry’s Collision, Paul Whittleston, Vice President Automotive Refinish and Industrial Coatings BASF, John Moreau, Zone Manager BASF

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Photo caption:  Center Square Motors receiving the BASF 2013 Performance Group Shop of the Year Award.  Pictured from left to right - Thad Green, Business Development Manager BASF, Butch Payne, Center Square Motors, Chuck and Kathy Dietch, Center Square Motors, Paul Whittleston, Vice President Business Management Automotive Refinish and Industrial Coatings BASF, Rick Johnson, Zone Manager BASF

BASF - The Chemical Company

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has nearly 17,000 employees in North America, and had sales of $19.3 billion in 2013. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit www.basf.us.

BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF had sales of about €74 billion in 2013 and over 112,000 employees as of the end of the year. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.

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Susan Jackson

BASF Corporation

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Last Update May 7, 2014