CSN Collision Centres (CSN) and 1Collision Network have announced the merger of their business operations. The 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.
For CSN and 1Collision, the union of their companies is a natural fit. Both organizations were formed in the early 2000s and expanded on the foundation of family-values and a team focused approach to network development. With coast-to-coast coverage in their respective markets each network has solid representation with room for further growth. “Part of what makes the merger so unique is how many commonalities there already are between the networks” CSN President and CEO Ryan Bruno said. “Both CSN and 1Collision share a similar philosophy and approach to doing business which revolves around trust, loyalty and a commitment to excellence” Bruno said.
CSN and 1Collision are known for their outstanding customer service and high-quality repairs. “We are committed to adding value for our independent locations in order for them to continue to be market leaders. 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” said 1Collision President Jim Keller.
The CSN and 1Collision footprint now spans 240 locations across North America, with combined network revenue of more than $750 million CAD ($550 million USD). Day-to-day operations in the United States and Canada will continue to be led by Jim Keller and Flavio Battilana (COO, CSN Collision Centres), respectively, with Ryan Bruno overseeing both networks.
The merger of the business operations at CSN and 1Collision will see the two organizations combine their corporate staff. The CSN corporate office consists of 31 full-time employees and is based in Oakville, Ontario. The 1Collison Corporate office consists of 7 full-time employees and is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The newly formed North American collision repair network will be supported at the executive level by Flavio Battilana, chief operating officer, CSN Collision Centres, Canada; Jim Keller, president 1Collision Network, USA; Larry French, vice president, Sales; Jay Hayward, vice president, Programs & Services; John Lockwood, vice president, Insurer Relations, Canada; Andreas Sachs, director, Finance; and Ashley Thorpe, director, Marketing & Communications. The entire executive team will report directly to CSN President and CEO Ryan Bruno.