MINNEAPOLIS, MN – (September 19, 2014) – ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a leading national damaged vehicle repair company, continued its nationwide expansion with the announcement it had acquired  Consolidated Auto Service Center in Forest Park, Illinois – just 30 minutes from downtown Chicago. Today’s news follows ABRA’s initial entry into the state last spring. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The recent growth in Illinois is part of the company’s aggressive and ongoing strategy to increase its national footprint. ABRA is one of the collision industry’s largest and most-respected multi shop repair operators in the United States. It uses an operational excellence philosophy that significantly improves its operating metrics, distinguishing it from competitors and making it a preferred option for insurance carriers and vehicle owners. ABRA’s portfolio now stands at 244 repair centers in 19 states.

“This newest acquisition in Illinois not only complements our current presence in the state, but offers our customers and insurance partners more options,” said Duane Rouse, ABRA’s president and chief executive officer. “We are pleased with the positive outcomes we’ve achieved in just a few short months and look forward to accelerating our success in the near future.”

Daniel Hurt, owner of Consolidated Auto Service Center, acknowledges the importance of ABRA’s accomplishments in such a short period of time. “ABRA’s strong national reputation and their superior customer service benefits the community and will allow our employees to grow and flourish in the years ahead.”

Building on its increasing success, ABRA plans to continue expanding in the months and years ahead as part of its aggressive national growth strategy.  It is actively seeking new opportunities to acquire repair centers and integrate them into its industry-leading operating system. Interested parties in major markets should contact Scott Gerling, Vice President of Corporate Development (sgerling@abraauto.com  or 763.585.6210).

For franchise opportunities in small and midsize markets contact Mark Wahlin, Vice President of Franchise Development / Relations (mwahlin@abraauto.com or 763.585.6315).

ABRA is committed to conducting business based on responsible business practices including implementation of environmentally sustainable initiatives, health and safety, and a commitment to the communities in which it serves.

About ABRA Auto Body & Glass
Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, ABRA is a leading provider of vehicle repair services specializing in collision repair, paintless dent removal, and auto glass repair and replacement. ABRA’s mission is to be the best auto body and glass company in America by providing quality repairs, in a timely manner, with friendly, helpful service. For more information about ABRA visit www.abraauto.com

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