Photo by Diane Cox
A Woodman Collision Center technician works on a client’s vehicle.
Woodman Collision Center has been an innovator in vehicle body repair and painting for more than 70 years in the River Bend.
The Woodman team has taken the initiative to develop state-of-the-art techniques and invest in equipment to provide a higher quality of work while being friendly to the environment.
"We knew when we built this facility 10 years ago that the Environmental Protection Agency was in the process of setting new guidelines for emissions, so we wanted to take a proactive approach," Chad Woodman said. "We converted to waterborne because for every 2 gallons of base coat mixed per week, the move to waterborne saves over 600 pounds of volatile organic compounds from the environment, and that’s the equivalent of eliminating the emissions of more than 200 cars per year."
Solvent-based coatings use chemical compounds to thin pigments for painting, which can expel VOC into the air. By changing over to waterborne, it is more environmentally responsible and produces a better quality result.
"The EPA has already set the guidelines for car manufacturers to go to waterborne, so it's better that we use the same equipment as the manufacturers to allow a better matching and a higher-quality result," Woodman said.
Quality of work, along with safety, is the highest priority at Woodman Collision Center. Employees are certified through Chrysler, Ford and Chevy and routinely invest time in continued education classes to maintain their skills.
With the Gold Class standard in auto repair, the Woodman Collision Center wants to make sure their clients not only leave with a vehicle that looks as good, if not better than it did before the accident, they want to ensure the vehicle’s safety. With the Gold Class, Woodman’s technicians look for restraint system functionality, damaged suspension parts and conduct three-dimensional measurements to check the vehicle structure. Woodman falls into the 10 percent of collision repair shops to meet this guideline.
Woodman employs two estimators, six technicians and four front office personnel. In an average week, Woodman Collision Center will service about 20 cars, trucks and vans.
Along with providing a complete service through their family-owned and -operated business, Woodman is a community-involved company that believes in investing in the community.
Woodman has donated to the Alton Police Department toward the purchase of a new dog for the K-9 program and also been involved with the Godfrey Park and Recreation department to help with youth soccer and T-ball. For fun, Woodman also takes part in the East Alton soap box derby.
"We tend to not do sponsorships, but we do donate to causes that we feel strongly about," Woodman said. "We don't donate for advertisement purposes, just for things that are dear to our hearts."
Woodman Collision Center, 4515 N. Alby Road in Godfrey, is one block behind Alton Square Mall. You can reach Chad Woodman at (618) 466-1450.