As we look back on 2017, we realized that a lot has happened here at Cole’s Collision Centers over the past year! 2017 was a big year for us, so let’s take a look back at some of the highlights with our 2017 Year in Review:

Celebrated 10 years in business – In January of 2017, we celebrated being open for ten years! We opened our first Cole’s Collision Center in Colonie in January 2007 with just three employees. Since then, Cole’s Collision has expanded to five locations across the Capital Region and now employs 80 people.

Opened new location in North Greenbush – We opened our 5th location in September 2017 in North Greenbush.  This location is a 14,000 square foot facility that uses 2.2 acres of formerly vacant land located at 97 US Route 4. Opening this location was several years in the making and involved a lot of work and planning. At the grand opening, we also presented a donation of $2,500 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Rensselaer County.

Announced Jaguar Land Rover Certification – We were happy to announce that in December of 2017, we became a part of the Jaguar Land Rover Aluminum Repair Network, joining a list of only 105 certified shops in North America to have this certification. Becoming a part of this network was an important step for us, and also a major investment to put our technicians and managerial staff through the rigorous and exclusive Jaguar Land Rover training program.

Announced Tesla Certification – On December 26, 2017, Cole’s Collision Centers completed extensive Tesla training to become the first Tesla authorized body shop in the Capital Region.  This past September, John Cole attended the ribbon cutting for 20 newly-installed Tesla supercharging stations at Crossgates Mall in Albany.

Make-A-Wish trip for Tyler Murray – We had the honor of meeting Tyler Murray through the Make-A-Wish Foundation and donated $12,000 to fund Tyler’s wish of going to the Nike headquarters in Oregon to meet the famous shoe designer Tinker Hatfield. After his trip, we hosted a stewardship meeting with Tyler and his family, where Tyler showed us photos and told us about his experience.

We are incredibly grateful for the growth, opportunities and partnerships 2017 brought us. We look forward to another great year in 2018!