Auto Service World
News   August 27, 2001   by Auto Service World

Ontario Shop Celebrates Fifty Years

On July 1, 1951, Breeny’s Autobody in Thunder Bay, Ontario opened their doors. Established by brothers Brini and Louis Zulliani, they quickly gained a reputation for quality work. This year, they proudly celebrate 50 years in business.

The business expanded in 1958, 1960 and again in 1966. The last expansion in 1979 brought the current facility to 11,000 square feet. Louis Zulliani retired in 1974 and Brini brought his son, Terry into the business. Brini retired in 1984 and Terry became shop manager.

This modern shop now has five portable frame benches for today’s uni-body repairs, as well as one dedicated bench for full frame vehicles. A new JBI down draft booth with a hoist and capable of painting two vehicles at one time was added to the conventional cross draft booth.

ADP and Mitchell computer estimating systems are used along with photo imaging technology to complete the estimating process. The company also enjoys direct repair relations with over 24 insurance companies.

This year, Breeny’s was accepted as a participant in the CertifiedFirst Auto Body Repair Network, a new national co-brand marketing program for collision repair centers recently introduced by PPG Canada. The objective is to promote an image of professionalism, quality and customer satisfaction for participating collision centers.

Shops that participate in the network must meet a high set of standards, based on factors like facilities, equipment, personnel and training. Only shops with high customer satisfaction ratings are eligible to participate.

“We are proud to welcome Breeny’s Autobody to the CertifiedFirst Network,” said Celyne Benitah, director of marketing for PPG Canada. “They have maintained a reputation for quality repairs, honesty and reliability for 50 years. This is the type of collision repair center we want for our program.”

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