Problem Solved — Collision Center Becomes Energy Efficient, Ready for Aluminum Repairs with New Equipment

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When Tom and Connie Holzer started their company in 1974 in Farmington, Michigan, they couldn’t have imagined all of the changes that would be in store for them. Considerable growth inspired a move in 1985 to a new location in nearby Farmington Hills. Since then, Tom Holzer Ford has grown into a dealership offering a wide variety of new and used vehicles, with a service center and new collision center.

_DSC8976-sm Tom Holzer Ford in Farmington Hills, MI

In that time, it has also become the No. 9 Ford Dealership in the United States of America. Such growth and success doesn’t come lying down. As Carlo Capicchioni, Parts & Service Director at Tom Holzer Ford, describes, “we are constantly striving to improve in order to better focus on our customers’ needs.”

With a couple of aging Blowtherm paint booths at the dealership, Tom Holzer Ford saw an opportunity to upgrade its booths and invest further in aluminum repair.

“We wanted to convert from solvent-based to water-based paints,” said Capicchioni. “It made sense to make the equipment change at the same time.”

In looking at the different booth manufacturers, energy efficiency played a big role. “We knew we could possibly save a lot on energy expenses by upgrading,” added Capicchioni.

With the help of FinishMaster and DHI Equipment, Tom Holzer Ford was equipped with an arsenal of Global Finishing Solutions equipment: a dual-bay Ultra® XD CTOF booth for prep work, two Performer XP1 booths with an Ultra XD Mix Room connected between the two and an Aluminum Repair Isolation Station®.

Shop floor featuring new GFS equipment

Why Global Finishing Solutions? “Its history and the fact that our suppliers really believed in the products,” Capicchioni said.

Dual-bay Ultra® XD CTOF booth

The result has been a cleaner output of product and an increase in the quality and effort by painters. The painters now work in a brighter environment with better airflow which results in less dirt in the paint. This means less time spent on each job and ultimately higher quality in the final product.

_DSC8974-sm Performer XP1 booths with an Ultra® XD Mix Room

“Compared to the old booths, these are quieter, brighter and more energy-efficient,” said Capicchioni. “We’ve also seen cost savings in energy.”

In addition to the booths, the new Aluminum Repair Isolation Station sets Tom Holzer Ford up to repair newer aluminum vehicles such as the F-150.

_DSC8932-sm Aluminum Repair Isolation Station®

With aging booths, Tom Holzer Ford became the No. 9 Ford dealership in the country; with this new GFS equipment, it is prepared to rise even higher.

_DSC8963-sm Tom Holzer staff

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