ABRA Auto Body & Glass-Sioux Falls Changes Ownership

ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a Minneapolis-based damaged vehicle repair company, announced the sale of its Sioux Falls, SD repair center to McKie Automotive Group.

This group, which is comprised of partners Mark McKie, Ross McKie and Steve Kalkman, also owns ABRA repair centers in Bismarck, ND and Rapid City, SD.

Rollie Benjamin, President and CEO of ABRA, commented on ABRA's decision to award another franchise to McKie Automotive Group: "We are very happy with the success of their Bismarck and Rapid City franchises. This success can be attributed to their team's in-depth knowledge of the damaged vehicle repair industry, and their emphasis on integrity. Their professional staff and leadership fit perfectly with our corporate philosophy, and we feel confident that the Sioux Falls location will continue to perform at the high standards expected of all ABRA centers."

The 10,000 square foot repair center, located at 4001 West 34th Street, employs Bruce VandenBosch as its General Manager. In addition to collision repair, ABRA-Sioux Falls also offers auto glass repair and replacement.

When asked of their decision to open an additional ABRA franchise, Mark McKie commented, "Our affiliation with ABRA has been very rewarding primarily because of their commitment to superior service and excellent craftsmanship. The procedures, training, and marketing support provided by their corporate staff allow us to deliver industry-leading levels of efficiency and quality."

The McKie Automotive Group also operates Ford, Lincoln-Mercury, Oldsmobile, Cadillac, GMC, Honda, Nissan, Hyundai and Avis Rent-A-Car franchises in South Dakota, North Dakota and Wyoming.

ABRA Auto Body & Glass is a national damaged vehicle repair company specializing in collision repair, paintless dent removal, and auto glass repair and replacement. Started with one repair center in 1984, they have grown to seventy-eight facilities in ten states. Their plans for accelerated national growth over the next several years include acquiring existing facilities and building new locations.

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Date: 5 June 2003
Source: Businesswire.com

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