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ABRA Auto Body & Glass Adds Two North Carolina Franchises

MINNEAPOLIS--Dec. 6, 2005--ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a Minneapolis-based damaged vehicle repair company, announced the opening of two repair centers in the Wilmington, NC area. Located in Shallotte and Castle Hayne, the franchises were awarded to Anthony Reese.

Mark Wahlin, Director of Franchising, commented on ABRA's decision to award these franchises to Reese: "Anthony has been in the collision repair business for almost 25 years, starting as a technician and eventually becoming the CEO of a multi-unit group. He left that position earlier this year to pursue his dream of owning his own repair centers. Because of our shared values of operational excellence, continuous improvement, and developing industry-leading team members, the fit between our two companies was a natural."

Joining Reese's management team are Ken Depper and Bryan Harrell, as General Managers of Shallotte and Castle Hayne respectively. Both men began their careers as refinishers, and have steadily moved through numerous positions to become experienced managers. Most recently, Depper was with Mulder Collision in Chicago, and Harrell was the previous owner of what is now ABRA-Castle Hayne.

When asked of his decision to open ABRA franchises, Reese commented, "I've been aware of ABRA's track record for years, and have always been impressed with their commitment to superior service and excellent craftsmanship. I know that the procedures, training, and marketing support provided by their corporate staff will allow us to deliver industry-leading levels of efficiency and quality to the Wilmington market. My goal is to open additional ABRA facilities within the area over the next few years. This will afford us the opportunity to capture the largest market share in this area."

ABRA Auto Body & Glass is a national damaged vehicle repair company specializing in collision repair, paintless dent removal, and auto glass repair and replacement. Started with one repair center in 1984, they have grown to ninety facilities in twelve states.