Autobody Products, Inc.

Serving automotive and industrial customers across Pennsylvania and Ohio since 1968.

Automotive

Incomparable Products | Unmatched Support

Our History With Automotive Refinish

An autobody refinish distributor since 1968, api is an industry leader in the field.

We have distributed, supported and trained customers on A-Line products, inlcuding PPG, BASF and 3M for almost fifty years.

With 35 account managers covering Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York and West Virginia, we are able to see first-hand how each demographic is adjusting to industry trends. By keeping abreast with industry trends, we are able to better forecast our customers' needs.

We employ three full-time technicians to train and assist in any type of customer support - be it panel repair, refinish application, color correction, software support or any other area that may need addressed. We feel it is important to have properly trained people available to our customers in their times of need. Our technicians are also available to demo any new product that the customer may want to explore.

We also offer inventory consignment service for qualified customers which allows them to keep their inventory investment low, while still having full access to all of the materials needed to repair the vehicle to pre-accident condition. Full color support is also provided by api in partnership with the specific coatings manufacturer.

Training

We employ three full-time technicians to train and assist our customers in any type of support. Training includes refinish application, color correction, panel repair, software support or any other area that may need addressed. Our technicians develop standard operating procedures for body technicians, stream-line paint teams, and train customers' employees on how to best use new products.

We feel it is important to have properly trained people available to our customers in their times of need, and truly believe our technicians are second-to-none. They have the privilege of being in hundreds of shops on an annual basis. Because of this exposure, they are able to quickly recognize bottlenecks and outdated or improper procedures.

PPG MVP Business Solutions

PPG Refinish, a world leader in automotive finishes, recognized at the beginning of the 1990’s that the world of collision repair was changing more quickly than in previous decades. The changes hitting the collision business were presenting significant challenges and extraordinary opportunities. PPG also recognized that its own future success would require the success of its collision repair partners. Back then, there was a lack of resources for performance benchmarking, management training and business support. To meet that need, PPG introduced the MVP (Maximum Velocity Performance) Business Solutions program in 1994, with the primary aim of interdependent success. The strategy was and remains to achieve success through the success of our partners: collision repairers purchasing PPG materials.

Today, MVP Business Solutions has evolved to become the industry’s most comprehensive offering of business solutions tools, training and support services. We provide our collision repair partners, in addition to extensive training directed at business fundamentals, the industry’s most comprehensive training and support for the practical application of Lean Six Sigma tailored to collision (Green Belt). This includes a Leadership training program, Marketing Solutions, Business Solutions Conferences and more. While many companies offer similar programs by title, none have the level of commitment backed by the proven track record of PPG Refinish.

We offer MVP training at our locations in Butler, Akron, Cleveland and Mansfield or PPG's training facilities in Allison Park, Pennsylvania and Columbus, Ohio.

See more: PPG MVP Home

See more: Upcoming Course Schedule

BASF VisionPLUS®

BASF training follows a unique "system and process" approach to help you get the most out of their innovative paint systems. A combination of classroom learning with in-class demonstrations and hands-on experience provides instruction with a sharp focus on increasing productivity and industry knowledge.

See more: BASF Training Home

Product Technology and Advancement

We're on the forefront of waterborne technology with over 200 systems in place. We service nearly 500 waterborne and solvent systems across our region.

We continually update customers on the latest products and technology and assist with training to keep our partners operating with optimum efficiency.

We communicate to management any potential opportunities, as well as areas of concern, and help to implement training and process improvements.

We also work with management to develop S.O.P. manuals for shop proficiency, if so desired.

Fleet

Driving Forward | Superior Color Match And Support

Our History With Fleet Coatings

We have distributed and supported fleet coatings for as long as we've existed.

From value-minded to OEM-specified products, we have multiple options for fleet finishes. We have built a solid foundation and relationship with PPG for over fifty years, so it is natural that we choose to distribute and support their fleet products.

Our technicians are not only capable of training everything automotive, but they are just as knowledgeable on the fleet end. Whether you are coating truck cabs, high visibility emergency vehicles or cranes, our technicians are here to explain what product option is best for your specific application and to train your employees from start to finish.

Delfleet Essential

The Delfleet Essential product portfolio is the value-minded solution for trucks and commercial vehicles. It helps meet your facility’s need for quick turnarounds with consistent quality at an affordable price. Our proven single-stage system is not only easy to mix and spray, it delivers a glossy, durable finish with excellent throughput performance. For added versatility, Delfleet Essential basecoat offers increased color and finish options, while maintaining operational efficiency and superb value. Best yet, both direct gloss and base-clear finishes can be delivered with warranty coverage.

Features and Benefits:

  • High-solids topcoats and primers
  • Simple topcoat 6:1:1 mixing ratio, packaged in easy to use kits
  • Compact mixing system of only 30 toners
  • Basecoat option for more colors, metallic and pearls, stripe capability and extended durability
  • Colors can be sprayed in direct gloss or converted to basecoat in one step at time of mixing
  • Solid colors can be cross-coated
  • Application guidance by experts

See more: PPG Delfleet Essential

PPG Delfleet Evolution

The Delfleet Evolution system represents PPG’s latest advancement in fleet coatings technology and has become the finish system of choice for commercial vehicle manufacturers and fleet maintenance operators who want the ultimate in performance and durability. Incorporating proven technology, total color solutions and best-in-class service, this premium, painter-friendly system delivers the color, gloss and durability demanded for harsh day-in, day-out work environments.

Features and Benefits:

  • First-class, high gloss finish
  • Meets commercial vehicle OEM and repair specifications
  • No sag on rivets
  • Superior chemical and corrosion resistance
  • Comprehensive color tools and training support
  • Superb gloss
  • Excellent product warranties
  • Matched to OEM standards, variants and alternates
  • Panel match capability
  • Outstanding edge coverage
  • Compliant options to meet regulatory requirements

Ideal For:

  • OEM truck manufacturers
  • Repair facilities for newer trucks and national fleets
  • OEM builders of trucks, buses, speciality truck bodies and equipment, emergency vehicles

See more: PPG Delfleet Evolution

Industrial

Any Application | Large or Small

Industrial Coatings - With Support

Our knowledge and unmatched level of customer and product support go well beyond automotive and fleet coatings.

We service industrial customers who refinish anything from small widgets to dump bodies to shipping containers to water tanks to steel scrap trailers.

We've recognized that all commercial and industrial customers have specific needs. Whether it is product durability, color match, or simply a strict adherence to spec, we are able to determine the best product and process to meet and exceed your expectations.

Commercial Performance Coatings

Commercial Performance Coatings are hard-working finishes that can be applied to products or equipment, large and small. They can be used in production runs ranging from massive to special one-of-a-kind jobs, or for repair and refurbishment projects. Manufacturers look to PPG to fulfill a broad range of requirements.

Need a custom color? A fast-dry system? Superb durability? Low VOC options? From agricultural and construction equipment to trailers, business equipment, electrical enclosures and much more, PPG offers the proven technology and support to assure the right finish for the application. PPG Commercial Performance Coatings are available in a variety of technologies, including alkyds, acrylics, epoxies, urethanes and powder coatings.

Features and Benefits:

  • Wide choice of topcoat and primer technologies
  • Works with wide range of application conditions
  • Designed to deliver productivity savings
  • Environmentally compliant coatings available
  • Consistent batch to batch quality
  • Production line consultations
  • Large and small batch quantities available
  • Computerized custom color matching
  • User-friendly applications
  • Just-in-time, fast turnaround on orders

Ideal For:

  • Application to products or equipment, large or small
  • Component parts and manufactured items
  • Large production runs
  • Small, one-of-a-kind jobs
  • Repair or refurbishment projects
  • Nearly any industrial segment

See more: PPG Industrial

See more: PPG Commercial Performance Coatings

Locations

Product and Knowledge | Nearby

We currently have 24 locations that service both wholesale and walk-in customers across Western Pennslyvania, Northeast Ohio and Southwest New York.

Ohio

Ashtabula

2933 West Prospect Road
440-993-0007

Barberton

530 Brady Avenue
330-745-9004

Bridgeport

310 Main Street
740-635-2113

Brunswick

4301 Regal Avenue
330-220-7666

Canton

2746 Cleveland Avenue
330-453-4525

Cleveland

20000 Miles Road
216-663-9653

East Liverpool

16086 St. Clair Avenue
330-382-0812
 

Elyria

139 Cleveland Street
440-322-0105

Mansfield

1275 Park Avenue
419-529-5888

Mentor

7880 Plaza Boulevard
440-975-9653

New Philadelphia

1040 Commercial Avenue SE
330-343-2223

Ravenna

6150 Gladys Street
330-296-9696

Wooster

558 East Liberty Street
330-264-6361

Youngstown

483 Industrial Road
330-270-7952
Pennsylvania

Beaver Falls

2300 7th Avenue
724-846-2201

Bradford

68 West Washington Street
814-363-9980

Butler

133 South Monroe Street
724-287-7726

Clarion

1108 East Main Street
814-226-4460

Erie

3611 Peach Street
814-866-1219

Grove City

601 West Main Street
724-458-9710

Kittanning

150 South Water Street
724-545-2222
 

McKees Rocks

130 Singer Avenue
412-771-9220

New Castle

1300 West State Street
724-658-9050

New Kensington

450 Stevenson Boulevard
724-335-4722

Resources

    

Performance Tracker - Material Usage Made Easy

All customers may access our online performance tracking and material usage management system.

We categorize all materials and supplies that leave our stores. So, at the end of each month, we are able to get a quick snapshot of what our customers' shops are using and how much. This is anything from clear and primer to body filler and rags. All of this information is fed into the Performance Tracker monthly, at no charge.

Using this information, we display ratios and benchmarks that are relevant to automotive collision centers in our market area. This allows our customers and our technicians to take a meaningful look at the products that are being purchased and how efficiently they are being used.

See more: Performance Tracker Sign-In

About

Family Owned | Family Operated

Who We Are

We are a family owned and operated paint, body and equipment distributor which started in Butler, Pennsylvania in 1968.

We have distributed, trained and supported everything automotive, fleet and industrial since our beginnings. We have seen consistent market growth for over 50 years, expanding to 24 locations. We maintain larger warehouse facilities in Butler, Pennsylvania, as well as Youngstown, Cleveland and Mansfield, Ohio. Our warehouses supply our stores with product daily to ensure consistently high inventory levels and optimum order fill.

Our Sales and Support Team Consists of:

  • 35 account managers
  • 24 in-store managers
  • 3 full-time technician trainers
  • 1 full-time heavy equipment specialist
  • 3 full-time industrial coatings specialists
  • Over 100 others dedicated to meeting and exceeding our customers' expectations

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Autobody Products, Inc.

 
 

Corporate Headquarters
133 South Monroe Street
Butler, Pennsylvania 16001

800-659-5160 info@apiauto.com
www.apiauto.com