Vehicle donated by State Farm Insurance and repaired by LaMettry’s Collision
A local Navy vet from Chaska, Justin Griego, and his family have been through more challenges than most. Justin has permanent disabilities from a helicopter inspection and maintenance accident after his second deployment, his fiancé Chelsea had cervical cancer, their son was diagnosed with Autism, and they were recently homeless.
Through it all, they have kept a positive attitude. According to those who know him, “Justin continues to provide service to others. He’s a very good example of service before self.” Now Justin and his family have a reliable vehicle thanks to LaMettry’s Collision, State Farm Insurance, NABC’s Recycled Rides program, and local vendor partners.
Justin’s military service was recognized at the Recycled Rides event at LaMettry’s Collision Chanhassen on Friday, September 8. He was presented the keys to a 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan by LaMettry’s President of Operations, Darrell Amberson.
Speaking at the event, Chanhassen Mayor Laufenburger said, “I think it’s very appropriate that we all remember that you stepped in to serve your country at a time of need, and it seems very fitting that this community stepped in to help you in your time of need.”
State Representative Nash reminded everyone, “It’s amazing to think of what just a simple act of [receiving] a vehicle can do for your entire life. It puts you back in control of your life, it gives you hope, it gives you pride, and it gives you an opportunity to take care of your family, much like you took care of our country.”
Additional event speakers included LaMettry’s President of Operations Darrell Amberson, Chanhassen City Councilman and Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Chanhassen Chair Jerry McDonald, and recipient Justin Griego.
Contributing vendors who made this event possible are 3M, aaa Auto Parts, BASF, Charity Cars, Copart, Choice Auto Rental, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, EP Auto Tire & Glass, Inver Grove Ford, LaMettry’s Collision, NAPA Auto Parts, Park Chrysler Jeep, Richfield Chamber of Commerce, Schmit Towing, and State Farm.
This is the 7th vehicle LaMettry’s Collision has repaired and donated through the NABC’s Recycled Rides Program.
About NABC and Recycled Rides
The National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides program is a collaboration between insurers, collision shops, paint suppliers, and parts vendors to repair and donate vehicles to deserving individuals and community organizations across the country. http://www.nationalautobodycouncil.org/
LaMettry’s Collision is excited to announce the opening of its 9th location. LaMettry’s Collision in Chanhassen is located at 1650 Motorplex Court, off of Audubon Road. The new location is right in front of the AutoMotorPlex, and down the street from Paisley Park.
According to Brandon Mehdizadeh, General Manager of LaMettry’s Chanhassen, “Being located at the AutoMotorPlex is great for many reasons; it provides access to some of the best cars and enthusiasts in the market, offers a variety of vehicles to work on and people to interact with, and allows us to be in a growing area of the metro for residents and businesses.”
LaMettry’s Chanhassen Team Left to right: Brandon Mehdizadeh (GM), Andrew Engel (File Manager), Dayna Roth (Lead Office Coordinator)
Brandon Mehdizadeh is a familiar face in the local car scene, having participated in many car shows and clubs on behalf of LaMettry’s. As the new GM at a new location, he brings many years of experience within every facet of a collision shop. “Having started at LaMettry’s as a detailer, then parts, production, file managing, dealer relations and sales, and assistant GM at Eden Prairie, I’m excited about managing a new shop in a new market for us, and the opportunity for growth that brings.”
This brand new shop officially opened for business on Wednesday, July 5. “The new facility is state-of-the-art and the future of collision repair. It is trend setting with manufacturer certified personnel and equipment, while being conveniently located in the western suburbs,” said Mehdizadeh.
LaMettry’s is a local family business specializing in auto body, collision, and glass repair, which was founded in the LaMettry family garage in 1976. With the opening of Chanhassen, LaMettry’s now has 9 Twin Cities Metro locations.
LaMettry’s Chanhassen Shop:
Front Office & Customer Lounge:
Ken Scherping is LaMettry’s Chief Operating Officer, with over 25 years of experience at LaMettry’s. He is responsible for the company’s manufacturer certified repair programs. Scherping says, “Both car makers and insurance companies want to assure quality repairs for customers as vehicles rapidly become more technically complex. Certifications are the new standard for performance and leadership in the collision business. LaMettry’s is by far Minnesota’s leader in manufacturer certifications, and one of the top in the nation.”
The new Ford F-150 is an aluminum body vehicle and Scherping says most collision shops are not prepared or qualified to work on this body type. “LaMettry’s made the necessary investment in F-150 repair equipment, tools and training to make sure Ford F-150 owners get the highest quality repairs possible.” If new Ford F-150 owners do have a collision and need repairs, Scherping says getting a certified repair is critical. “Owners usually call their insurance agents for advice and direction, but the industry reality is that we’re still in an education period. Insurance agents and customers need to learn that the Ford F-150 needs the special equipment, tools, and training that only a certified repair shop like LaMettry’s can provide. With our Lakeville location being added to our Ford F-150 Certified aluminum repair locations, we’re making it even more convenient for Ford F-Series owners to get the repairs they need.”
The LaMettry’s race team took first place for the second year in a row at the annual AASP-MN Race for Education at ProKart in Burnsville, MN. We had two teams consisting of employees and customers race on the second night. The money raised at these events goes to the AASP-MN Automotive Education Fund for scholarships and automotive career awareness. It’s always a fun event to participate in while raising money for a great cause!
LaMettry’s staff and customers coached by Brandon Mehdizadeh at the AASP-MN Race for Education
Coach Brandon accepting the trophy for first place!
As part of our company vision of “Leading the Automotive Repair Industry,” we have a focus on Automotive Manufacturer (OEM) Certifications. In fact, we have the most Manufacturer Certified programs in the Twin Cities Market. And we are currently working on a few more!
What this means for you is that we are experts on your vehicle. Manufacturer Certifications usually require training, specialized tools and equipment, and the proper facility to ensure that the vehicle is repaired to manufacturer specifications. Automobiles are getting increasingly complicated, but you can be confident that we know exactly how to fix your vehicle.
Our current Manufacturer Certifications and Recognition include:
Audi Authorized Collision Repair Facility
Cadillac Aluminum Repair Network Facility
FCA Recognized Collision Repair Facility – Fiat Chrysler
Ford National Body Shop Network
ProFirst Collision Repair Facility – Certified by American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Hyundai Recognized Collision Repair Center
Infiniti Certified Collision Repair Network
Lexus Approved Collision Center
MOPAR Recognized Certified Collision Repair Facility – Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Fiat
Nissan Certified Collision Repair Network
Volkswagen – VW
For the motor-head in your life. Our annual compilation of automotive minded gift ideas that range from price-conscious, to pricey.
Cassette Adapter Bluetooth
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Meguiar’s Complete Car Care Kit
Comes with a foam spray for tires, Deep Crystal Car Wash, one-step cleaner wax , a window cleaner that repels dust and an interior detailer safe for use on most surfaces.
About $24.00 at Walmart
Revell Visible V8 Engine Model Kit
Learn all about the inner workings of the V8 as you assemble this 314-piece kit .
About $60.00 at SummitRacing.com
Goluk T1 Wi-Fi Mini Car Dash Cam
Wi-Fi FHD 1080P Mini Car Dash Cam with 16G TF Card, Night Vision and G-sensor.
About $130.00 on Amazon.com
Exotic Car Racing in Las Vegas, $1,100+
Drive five of the world’s most exclusive supercars at the Las Vegas Speedway.
Starts at $1,100 from Cloud9Living.com
Disclaimer: Information provided is for entertainment and general purposes only. LaMettry’s Collision, Inc. makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability, or availability with respect to purchase or use of products featured.
To the untrained eye, it might look like just another way to make collision repairs. But to industry professionals, Bodyshop Revolution’s technology, equipment, and process is revolutionary. And the man who knows this the most is LaMettry’s VP of Operations Darrell Amberson, one of the industry’s most experienced and respected professionals, and past chairman of the Automotive Service Association (ASA) board of directors.
VP of Operations, Darrell Amberson with the mobile Bodyshop Revolution equipment at LaMettry’s Eden Prairie location.
Q: How would you briefly describe Bodyshop Revolution?
A: Bodyshop Revolution is both a theoretical and operational approach to increasing collision repair quality and reducing cost.
Q: What’s the theory?
A: In any repair, the variable cost is really time. We call it cycle time. The time it takes from starting to finishing a job. Bodyshop Revolution starts with what it calls the “Theory of Constraint.” That is pinpointing those parts of the process that create slowdowns. That can be anything, from workshop design, parts procurement, staff capability, customer contracts, workflow and repair processes. So it really challenges your thinking process to improve or remove anything that can create an unnecessary logjam. And I think, looking back as we started working on this, that was the toughest part. You think you’ve thought through everything already, but you have to really take a hard, hard look at how your can improve your process first, and only then deploy the equipment.
The Bodyshop Revolution booth at LaMettry’s Eden Prairie location.
Q: How is the equipment different?
A: In at least three ways. First, Bodyshop Revolution has modern drying technology that allows one operator to apply coats of filler and primer, with a rapid drying technology. LaMettry’s has both a mobile drying unit and a booth drying unit. For collision shops, nothing really compares with the speed, cost, efficiency and finish achieved by booth robotics. Second, because of the process and equipment efficiency, a shop can really get more production out of a smaller space, saving square footage costs. Third, the drying unit utilizes gas catalytic technology. Without getting too scientific here, it is a heated chemical reaction that turns methane gas into infrared energy that speeds up drying and curing of both paint and filler. That can reduce job energy costs by 50 to 70 percent.
In the dark, it’s easier to see the chemical reaction that turns methane gas into infrared energy.
Q: What kind of investment does this require?
A: The investment is both time and money. We spent a lot of time researching Bodyshop Revolution as a company and process, including sending people to company headquarters in the U. K. and Europe. LaMettry’s was one of the first five companies in the U.S. to partner with Bodyshop Revolution. It was a sizable investment in future technology, and a green initiative to reduce our natural gas and electricity consumption.
Q: Bottom line, how does all this benefit your customer, the vehicle owner, and your insurance partners?
A: The customer’s primary concern is the best quality repair and getting their vehicle back to drive as soon as possible. This accomplishes both. Bodyshop Revolution repair history shows some of the best results in terms of quality repair, which has to do with overall look, finish and durability. And yes, we can cut substantial time the customer is without their vehicle. Every repair is different so it’s hard to give a specific amount of time saved, but we believe it is anywhere from 20 to 30%.
In terms of our insurance partners they advocate for anything that reduces cost and improves customer satisfaction, both in terms of turnaround time and repair quality. Our insurance partners look to companies like LaMettry’s to be leaders in the industry.
Making any major investment like this, both for capital equipment, training and resources is a bet. But we believe this is where the collision repair business is going and LaMettry’s wants to be there.
Vehicle donated by American Family Insurance and repaired by LaMettry’s Collision
Willie B Pargo received a repaired 2012 Chevrolet Malibu from LaMettry’s Collision and American Family as part of NABC’s Recycled Rides program.
Inver Grove Heights, MN, December 9, 2015 – Ever since his car broke down over the summer and couldn’t be repaired, Recycled Rides recipient Willie B Pargo had been taking the bus over an hour each way to continue his volunteer work at the Minneapolis VA. Now he has a reliable vehicle thanks to LaMettry’s Collision, American Family Insurance, NABC’s Recycled Rides program, and local vendor partners.
The military and volunteer service of Willie B Pargo was recognized at the Recycled Rides event on “Give Tuesday,” when he was presented the keys to a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu by LaMettry’s Vice President JR LaMettry.
LaMettry’s Collision Vice President JR LaMettry gives Willie B Pargo the keys to his new car.
Speakers at the event included LaMettry’s President of Operations Darrell Amberson, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the River Heights Chamber of Commerce Kelton Glewwe, and Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie. Sheriff Leslie reminded everyone, “This is give Tuesday, [but] we can do something every day to help our veterans. Say ‘thank you’ to them, donate, fly the flag, visit a VA hospital or home, and when you talk to them, ask how they are doing and stop to listen.”
Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie speaks at the Recycled Rides event.
Last to speak at the ceremony was someone who knows Willie well, Commander Glenn Boche of The Military Order of the Purple Heart Minnesota Department. He shared some background on the Purple Heart award with the crowd. “Willie and I are both Vietnam Veterans. Willie and I are the survivors. The Purple Heart is not an award that anyone that joins the service wants to achieve, for obvious reasons, because there are only two categories of people that get this award; those that are wounded and survive, which Willie and I were very lucky to, and those that were killed.”
Commander Glenn Boche of The Military Order of the Purple Heart Minnesota Department speaks at the Recycled Rides event.
Boche concluded, “I’ve known Willie for at least 4 or 5 years as a volunteer myself out at the VA Hospital. I can’t think of a more deserving person. He is out there at the VA hospital every day of the week, Monday through Friday, doing his thing out there. Sometimes he’s hard to catch up to because he’s moving so fast. Thank you Willie for what you’ve done, thank you for your service, thank you for all you do out at the hospital!”
This is the 6th vehicle LaMettry’s has repaired and donated through the NABC’s Recycled Rides Program.
LaMettry’s Collision team with Recycled Rides recipient Willie B Pargo (center).
From left to right: Ann Bruce (Sales), Chris Nordquist (Sales), Justin LaMettry (Vice President), Recycled Rides recipient Willie B Pargo, Darrell Amberson (President of Operations), Stefany Lorang (Creative Director), Laurie Kaiser (CMO)
THANK YOU to everyone who contributed including:
– aaa Auto Parts
– American Family Insurance
– Choice Auto Rental
– Enterprise rent-a-car
– EP Auto Detail
– IAA (Insurance Auto Auctions)
– Inver Grove Ford
– Keystone / LKQ Corp
– Park Chrysler Jeep
– Suburban Chevrolet
Our generous event sponsors
It’s that time between winter and spring and this year is a doozy. Potholes are everywhere. Curse them, but watch out. They can cause significant front end damage. If you’re passionate about protecting yourself and fellow drivers from potholes you’ve seen around town, you can take action!
Join a pothole support group to save the hubcaps
Video Source: www.pothole.info
Or you can report the potholes to local authorities in your area using the following links:
Help keep our cities and families safe this spring by reporting potholes! If you see some the size of wading pools, please alert local officials.
LaMettry’s Collision had a booth at the 2012 Lakeville Home Expo put on by the Lakeville Chamber it was held at Lakeville North High School on 3/17/12. Mike Elliott and Bill Moehle were there to meet and greet the many residents of Lakeville that attended the show. It was a great day, a great turn out and lots of fun. Thanks to all, we love calling Lakeville home to one of our shops!