Augusta Business Daily

Friday, June 9, 2023

Employees of local automotive company sent letter of sale

The John Harris Shop on Evans to Locks Road in Evans is one of the three CSRA collision shops sold to Gerber Collision. (photo from John Harris website)

More than 50 technicians and support staff at The John Harris Body Shop in downtown Augusta, Evans, and Grovetown are about to undergo a big change.

ABD’s learned the company was just sold to Gerber Collision and Glass, a publicly traded company.

Employees got a letter from founders John and Campbell Harris, who opted to sell the company after 46 years in business. In the letter, the Harris family said they were approached by many companies in the past and chose Gerber because their plan is double in size by 2025—providing more opportunities for existing employees.

“Over the next 10 days you will meet leadership from Gerber as well as members of their HR team. Members from the JH executive team and Gerber will stop by all locations for introductions and questions answering. We realize there will be many questions about how this change will affect you and your family.”

“Again, please know how thankful we are for your service to the company,” concluded John and Campbell Harris in the letter.

The John Harris body shops are on 1515 Broad Street in downtown Augusta, 4316 Evans to Locks Road in Evans, and 410 Merchants Way in Grovetown.

They were founded in 1975 in Columbia and have expanded to a total of 16 locations, with 13 in South Carolina and three in the Augusta area.

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