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Crash Champions now has two Springfield shops, including a location downtown.
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Crash Champions now has two Springfield shops, including a location downtown.

Dodson-Williams acquired by Chicago-area chain

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Last edited 5:03 p.m., Sept. 28, 2020

Dodson-Williams Collision Center has been purchased by an acquisition-heavy company from the Chicago area.

Crestwood, Illinois-based Crash Champions last week announced the purchase of Dodson-Williams, which was incorporated with the Missouri secretary of state under Dodson and Williams Automotive Inc. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed in a Sept. 21 news release.

"Crash Champions has been looking to enter the Springfield … market, and we could not have found a better partner than Dodson-Williams Automotive to continue our quest to be the collision company of choice for our mutual teammates and customers," said Alan Saviano, chief operating officer for Crash Champions, in the release.

The purchase of the two Dodson-Williams shops – at 502 W. Walnut St. and 2916 W. Republic Road – marked Crash Champions' entry into Missouri, though it quickly expanded in the Show-Me State. The company today announced the purchase of Precision Collision Centers in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

The body shop chain now has 45 locations in five states. Crash Champions, which has announced at least four acquisitions this year, in March merged with Downey, California-based Pacific Elite Collision Centers, according to separate news releases.

In Dodson-Williams, Crash Champions gains a business with roughly 60 years of market experience. Founded by Harold Williams and John Dodson in 1961, the company most recently was owned by Keith Neal, according to past reporting and secretary of state filings. The company's mechanical division remains in place under the Dodson-Williams name, according to a company spokesperson.

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