Press Release (ePRNews.com) - CARLSBAD, Calif. - Mar 06, 2018 - NOTE: This October SPS profile was originally published in print in September 2017, and published online in October 2017.
As one of four busy dealership shops owned by the same Arkansas corporation, it is important for Waxahachie Autoplex in Waxahachie, Texas, to be creative when strategizing ways to increase business and revenue.
The 100,000-square-foot collision repair facility employs 36 industry professionals who repair more than 500 vehicles each month, while also offering on-site unpainted dent repairs and storage for total loss vehicles. They also provide small repairs and paint touch-ups off-site with the use of their portable paint booths, manufactured by Mobile Environmental Solutions
Mobile Environmental Solutions products are easy to use, which means more productivity and profitability. Using this product has increased our business by giving us more opportunities to repair and paint a larger number of vehicles off-site, thus giving us increased revenue. It has been so beneficial that we recently purchased a second booth — a newer model.
As part of their devotion to ensuring a high-quality repair and superior customer service, Waxahachie Autoplex uses the collision repair industry’s best tools and equipment, including Chief frame equipment, Car-O-Liner’s aluminum workstation and spot welder, and Mobile Environmental Solutions’ portable paint booths. In 2015, in order to meet their customers’ needs, Waxahachie Autoplex purchased a portable paint booth to use for its mobile, off-site touch-up work.
“The product is easy to use, which means more productivity and profitability,” said Waxahachie Autoplex Platform Manager Jon Parker. “Using this product has increased our business by giving us more opportunities to repair and paint a larger number of vehicles off-site, thus giving us increased revenue. It has been so beneficial that we recently purchased a second booth — a newer model.”
Mobile Environmental Solutions is proud to offer the only mobile paint booths made in the United States, allowing shops to achieve a clean, uncontaminated working environment wherever needed. The company offers a variety of different sizes for its paint booth customers, as well as an unpainted dent repair booth and even custom-built booths. The product is easy to transport and erect, going from bag to booth in mere minutes, and Mobile Environmental Solutions offers a one-year limited manufacturer warranty.
The ability to perform repairs remotely has allowed the Texas shop to conveniently service its customers.
When Waxahachie Autoplex made the decision to purchase a portable paint booth, Mobile Environmental Solutions provided the necessary training to get employees started. Since then, they have not experienced any problems with the product.
“Our employees like this product and use it every day,” Parker noted. “The booth has held up very well in the environment that it is subject to.”
Mobile Environmental Solutions’ portable paint booths are also designed to aid with environmental compliance, as the booths’ exhaust filters exceed the required 98 percent capture efficiency by using advanced technology airflow with positive pressure cross-flow filtration. Intended to promote efficiency and profitability, the booths are EPA certified and OSHA airflow compliant in addition to being compliant with NFPA’s 701 rule.
Taking care of the environment is vital to Waxahachie Autoplex. The shop follows all EPA regulations for removal of hazardous waste, and Mobile Environmental Solutions’ portable paint booth ensures that they are protecting Mother Nature even when they work off-site.
“We use both waterborne and solvent-based paints from Axalta,” Parker said. “We use the solvent-based paints in the mobile units because it dries faster without heat, whereas the waterborne paints require a heat source to dry at a faster pace. The use of the portable paint booth helps reduce the escape of solvents and inosinates into the atmosphere. Touch-ups and small repairs are made in these units when paint booths are not available.”
Mobile Environmental Solutions is fully in tune with the daily challenges faced by collision repair professionals. In response, they have created their booths as a solution to help mobile paint techs become more efficient and profitable while maintaining compliance with EPA’s 6H rules. Controlling overspray and reducing product waste are additional benefits offered, and this tax depreciable asset allows painters to perform a better quality job while simultaneously enhancing the appearance of professionalism portrayed by the collision repair facility.
Some of the challenges Parker has noticed recently in the industry include customers demanding more OEM parts and better color matching, the need for factory-trained personnel to perform complicated specialized repairs, and an increased use of aluminum panels, as well as more safety equipment and more electronically controlled components in modern vehicles. Parker’s response to these obstacles is to provide more training to his employees.
“We prepare for the industry’s changes by increasing training of current employees, plus we are always looking to hire and train new technicians,” Parker added. “We provide hands-on training from veteran technicians in our facility, plus we train our service advisors on the increased cost and time associated with repairing new vehicles and how to write estimates accordingly.”
Company at a Glance…
Facility Employees: 36
In Business Since: 1975
Number of Locations: Four
DRP Programs: One
Combined Production Space: 100,000 square feet
Mobile Environmental Solutions
1150 McCaleb Road, Suite E-1
Montgomery, TX 77316
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