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News   January 16, 2002   by Auto Service World

Ford Looking to Unload Non-Car Assets

Ford Motor Company is evaluating the sale or partial disposition of non-core business, including the company which purchased two Canadian automotive recycling operations.
Kwik-Fit is tops on the list. This European maintenance and light repair business was purchased was purchased by Ford in 1999 for more than $1.5 billion U.S. and has 2,400 service centers and more than 11,500 employees.
Also considered for disposition are Collision Team of America, a chain of collision repair centers, and GreenLeaf LLC, a chain of automotive recycling centers.
GreenLeaf LLC acquired its first recycling center in 1999. Today it operates 31 sites in 14 states and two Canadian provinces and employs about 1,200 people. Its Canadian operations include Plazek Auto Recyclers in Caistor Centre Ont., Cumberland Auto Parts, Cumberland, Ont., and Pieces Autos Lecavalier’s two Quebec locations, in Ste-Sophie and St. Jean.
Collision Team of America operates 32 collision shops in four states (conducting business under various names) and has about 850 employees. Ford purchased a minority stake in Collision Team of America in 1998 and acquired the remaining shares in 2001.
Ford as engaged Goldman Sachs to assist with this evaluation. On Jan. 11, Ford Motor Company announced that it was pursuing the sale of non-core assets and businesses as part of its Ford Revitalization Plan. Ford expects to realize more than $1 billion U.S. of cash from these and other potential divestitures in 2002.
“We believe Kwik-Fit, Collision Team of America and GreenLeaf LLC are good companies with strong futures,” said Nick Scheele, president and chief operating officer of Ford Motor Company. “However, we are focusing our efforts and attention on our core business — developing great cars and trucks and providing outstanding service to our customers.”

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