CHICAGO, IL – February 26, 2020—Crash Champions, a leading Illinois-based collision repair group, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement under which Crash Champions will acquire Auto Body Collision and Glass (“ABCG”), a three-location collision group based in Columbus, OH. As part of this announcement, the company will officially begin operations at these locations’ effective March 2nd, 2020. This marks the first out-of-state acquisition for the Crash Champions organization.

Auto Body Collision and Glass, owned by Tom Carpenter, has been a market leader throughout the Columbus, OH area for more than three decades. It has been an outstanding performer for local insurance carriers and customers alike. Mr. Carpenter identified that CEO, Matt Ebert, and the Crash Champions team would be an excellent choice to carry on and advance the traditions that ABCG had created. Darrell Patterson, Executive Vice President of ABCG, along with his teammates, will be fully integrated into the Crash Champions team. “I am very proud of what we have done and how far we have come. However, I am truly excited about the Crash Champions organization that our employees can now be an integral part of for many years to come,” said Patterson.

“Today is a big day for our entire team, as this acquisition marks the first venture for our organization outside of the Chicago market,” said Matt Ebert, President, and CEO of Crash Champions. “We are very excited about entering the growing Columbus area and I feel that the acquisition of Auto Body Collision and Glass was the best platform for our organization as we continue to grow throughout Ohio. ABCG was the largest multi-site operator in the Columbus area with a great history and strong insurance relationships. We look forward to bringing our corporate culture, cutting-edge industry training, and certified collision repair services to Columbus and surrounding areas.”

Crash Champions began in 1999 with a small shop in New Lenox, IL, New Lenox Auto Body. After over 15 years of owning a small neighborhood collision center, Matt Ebert wanted to bring his vision to towns throughout the Chicagoland area. In 2014, the name was changed to Crash Champions-New Lenox and the brand began to grow.

Since 2014, the Crash Champions organization grew to have numerous collision centers throughout the Chicago market and became a regional leader in collision repair. In 2020, with Crash Champions’ historic success, the company began its rapid growth strategy with its first out-of-market acquisition located in Columbus, OH.

What makes Crash Champions truly different are the employees, each one embodies everything that it takes to be a true Champion.

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