Oakville, Ontario -- November 18, 2013 -- Oakville CARSTAR East held an open house on Nov. 14 to celebrate the official opening of its new location at 916 Winston Churchill Blvd. in Oakville, Ont. In attendance were over 100 industry stakeholders, including insurer and vendor partners, as well as representatives from CARSTAR Collision & Glass.
Owner Lorenzo Pellicciotta is also the owner of CARSTAR Oakville West. He purchased CARSTAR Oakville East from the network in 2003. Originally located on Trafalgar Rd. in Oakville, the move to the new location was prompted in part because the lease was up. However, Pellicciotta saw the move as an opportunity to reinvest in the business.
The building itself required significant work to transform it for production and flow. First, the floors had no sewers, so trenches had to be dug to ensure drainage for the pits and booth. Electrical systems needed to be rerouted and brought up to code, the roof needed patching and a main office area had to be constructed within the facility. Not to mention securing all of the necessary permits and lease agreements, all of which takes time. In the end, just preparing the building itself took over a year.
Next came new equipment. The booth is a brand-new Blowtherm Blowpower, accompanied by two Blowtherm Double Finish Workstations. All are equipped with lifts for expedited production. The Workstations feature the new Select Air Speed system, exclusive to Blowtherm. The system divides the working area of the plenum into sections and provides higher air flow to a designated quadrant, providing faster dust removal, reduced noise levels and shorter operating cycles.
CARSTAR Oakville East has also invested in new racks, a new Multi Bench 12 and Touch measuring system from Spanesi and much more.
â€œIf you want to stay competitive, youâ€™ve got to reinvest in your business,â€ says Pellicciotta. â€œItâ€™s really that simple.â€
Watch for more on this â€œExtreme Makeoverâ€ in the next issue of Collision Repair magazine. For more information on CARSTAR Oakville East, please visit carstaroakville.com.