CRA Market News – USA

By Emmariah Holcomb

CSN Collision Centres (CSN) and 1Collision Network (1Collision) recently announced the merger of their businesses. The CSN and 1Collision footprint now has 240 locations across North America, with a combined network revenue of over $550 million USD ($750 million CAD). Both companies also offer auto glass replacements to its customers.

1Collision is an organization of independent and dealer-owned collision repair businesses. They offer glass repair and replacement services. According to both companies, the new agreement will allow the organizations to offer a unified collision repair experience and claims management solution to the driving public and insurance industry throughout Canada and the United States.

Jim Keller, 1Collision president will lead U.S. operations, and Flavio Battilana, CSN chief operating officer will run Canadian operations. Ryan Bruno, CSN president and CEO, will oversee both the U.S. and Canadian operations.

The parties say the merger is a natural fit, according to CSN and 1Collision, as both organizations were formed in the early 2000’s and expanded on a family-values foundation while also having a team focused approach to network development. Each network has “solid representation with room for further growth with coast-to-coast coverage in their respective markets,” a portion of the company’s joint release reads.

“Part of what makes the merger so unique is how many commonalities there already are between the networks” said Bruno. “Both CSN and 1Collision share a similar philosophy and approach to doing business which revolves around trust, loyalty and a commitment to excellence.” CSN and 1Collision are known for customer service and high-quality repairs, according to the joint release.

“We are committed to adding value for our independent locations in order for them to continue to be market leaders,” said Keller. “We believe we’ll be able to combine our strengths in terms of corporate level support through insurance relationships, operations, marketing, vendor relations and business planning and extend that service and deliver more value on both sides of the border.”

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