Best Automotive - Autobody - Mahnke Auto Body


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Mahnke Auto Body is committed to "continuous improvement" which drives management to be informed and equipped to meet changes in automotive technology. Mahnke's move to sell its shop to Kaizen Collision Center supports Mahnke's commitment to excellence. "Kaizen" is the combination of two Japanese words, "Kai", which means "change", and "Zen", which means "good."  Kaizen brings "Good Change" to Colorado. As the collision repair industry rushes forward into increasingly complex designs, innovative technology and alternative fuels, Mahnke is strengthened by the presence of associate Kaizen shops and talented employees. Today's vehicles are constructed with ADAS, Advanced Driver-Assistance System sensors and cameras, aluminum, automotive plastics and polymer composites, alternative fuel systems, and lithium batteries. Kaizen's ownership is committed to ongoing investment in OEM Certifications, training, specialized equipment and tools to provide its Body and Refinish Technicians everything needed to perform at their highest and best.


In Arvada, on April 1, 1975, Gary and Judy Mahnke opened their first location. Over the next 30 years, with their four children, Torie, Joshua, Sam, and Beth, three shops were added. Sam Mahnke, the CEO, opened another four locations from 2017-2021. Last winter, Gary and Sam sold the eight Mahnke shops to Jacob Tilzer, owner of Kaizen Collision Center, integrating Mahnke’s locations and creating 43 locations in six states. Tilzer shows his respect for Mahnke’s excellent reputation and family-run culture by keeping the Mahnke signs up, slowly transitioning into Kaizen.


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