Crash Champions, a Chicago-based collision repair group, will acquire Auto Body Collision and Glass, a three location collision group in Columbus. Crash Champions will begin operations at these locations on March 2, and the transaction marks the first out-of-state acquisition for the organization.

ABCG, owned by Tom Carpenter, has been operating in the Columbus area for more than three decades. Carpenter believes President and CEO Matt Ebert and the Crash Champions team are an excellent choice to carry on and advance the tradition that ABCG has created.

ABCG Executive Vice President Darrell Patterson and the rest of the ABCG employees will be fully integrated into Crash Champions.

“Today is a big day for our entire team, as this acquisition marks the first venture for our organization outside of the Chicago market,” Ebert stated. “We are very excited about entering the growing Columbus area and I feel that the acquisition of Auto Body Collision and Glass was the best platform for our organization as we continue to grow throughout Ohio. ABCG was the largest multi-state operation in the Columbus area with a great history and strong insurance relationships. We look forward to bringing our corporate culture, cutting-edge industry train and certified collision repair services to Columbus and surrounding areas.”

Crash Champions, which began in 1999 as a small shop in New Lenox, Illinois, has 13 locations in the Chicago area.