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POC Collision Donates Vehicle to Operation HOPE Success Story
On Saturday March 5th at the Scarborough Police Department in Scarborough, Maine, a vehicle was donated to a young woman who had successfully gone through the groundbreaking Opeartion HOPE program. POC Collision, a collision repairs company with five body shops in Maine, repaired a salvageable vehicle given to them by GEICO insurance through the Recycled Rides program. Any body shop that participates in the Recycled Rides program gets to choose the charity to work with to find the recipient. Owners Phil and Kate O'Connor chose Operation HOPE and their partners at Portland Recovery Center.
"Addiction is a serious problem right now here in Maine," says Phil O'Connor, "even in our own family. It was really important to us that we choose a program that is actually doing amazing things to try and combat this problem. Anyone who is suffering from addiction who does the brave and right thing in asking for help deserves to be rewarded. Our recipient is a very brave young woman and we couldn't be happier than to do this for her."
Recycled Rides is a program through the National Auto Body Council where repairable vehicles are given to body shops to be repaired and donated. POC Collision received a Toyota Yaris from GEICO and coordinated with their vendors to acquire donated parts and paint supplies. POC employees also donated their own time to do the actual repairs. Once the vehicle was ready, POC began working with Operation HOPE and their partners at Portland Recovery Center to find a recipient. After an application and interview process, a young woman named Liane was selected. She was presented with the vehicle on Saturday after a ceremony that included multiple speakers: Chief Robbie Moulton of the Scarborough Police Department, Linda Sulkala of the National Auto Body Council, and Phil O'Connor, owner of POC.
Many people were in attendance for this event including POC employees, officers from the Scarborough PD, representatives from GEICO and LKQ, State Senator Linda Valentino, State Senator Rebecca Millett, Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling, and Edie Smith, State Director for Senator Angus King.
To see photos of this event please visit our Facebook page.
Exciting news from POC!
POC Collision Inc. is pleased to announce we have closed on a new deal to acquire the successful Sebago Lake Collision from Windham’s premier pre-owned automotive dealership, Sebago Lake Automotive. The deal was finalized earlier this month with POC taking charge of all operations, staff, and materials.
Sebago Lake Automotive began as the general repair shop Sebago Lake Garage in 1920. Opened by Victor Woodbrey, it became a new and pre-owned Chevrolet dealership in 1928 and the body shop and collision center was added in the 1960’s. When GM reduced their dealership numbers in 2009, Sebago Lake Automotive refocused into a pre-owned dealership. They have always been a family affair with strong ties to the community; Victor’s son Herbert Woodbrey took over operations in 1948 until 1990 when his sons Mitch and Brad began their tenure. They will continue to own and operate Sebago Lake Automotive in the main building while Sebago Lake Collision operates out of Unit 2 in the rear of the property under POC.
“We were very excited to be asked to purchase and operate Sebago Lake Collision. POC Collision Inc is a family-orientated company and all of our shops are well known in their communities for providing the kind of local service that people have relied on for decades. We look forward to continuing that tradition at Sebago Lake Collision for many years to come,” says POC Collision owner Phil O’Connor. “We will be retaining Sebago Lake Collision’s skilled staff including manager and estimator Corey Jordan and are excited to see what our futures hold together.”
This is just one of the many changes that occurred for POC Collision in 2015. Another successful shop, Hewitt’s Auto Body in Yarmouth, was acquired in March. New signage was done at Coleman’s along with a facelift to the exterior and interior waiting room of the building. Caron’s acquired a new building to assist with their heavy demand and updated their signage this summer. At RP Bell, after years of planning with architects and the town, construction has begun on their brand new state-of-the-art facility. Business continues as usual out of building 3 in the rear of the property while buildings 1 & 2 have been demolished to make way for the new construction. The new building is expected to be completed in the first half of 2016. POC is proud of all these current changes and looks forward to what the future holds.
"I couldn't be happier, thank you so much! I really felt taken care of."
"[Manager] Sean Fitzgerald was very prompt, courteous, and thorough. A pleasure to work with."