PLATTSBURGH — The name has changed, but the service remains the same.
Great Northern PBE Supply owner Tim Wysko said he and four other employees of the former Saratoga Autobody Supply team left after it was sold to Bond Auto Parts.
They formed the new company, located at 22 Trade Road in the Town of Plattsburgh, in June 2012. Wysko said the business is focused on one particular aspect of the automotive industry, refinish products for all aspects of body shop work.
“We focus on body shops and reconstruction shops,” he said. “We don’t sell parts.”
Pieces hard to find
They have knowledge of how to obtain even those hard-to-find pieces of that equipment, Wysko said. He said they carry more than 150 nationally known lines of supplies and equipment.
Great Northern carries BASF and Matrix paints. The latter is featured on Counting Cars on the History Channel and American Restoration on Discovery.
They can even provide color matching and custom tinting. Great Northern can even create a custom tint in an aerosol can for the do-it-yourselfer.
“That’s really popular,” Wysko said.
Wysko said they also offer training classes on the latest materials and techniques used by technicians in that industry. He even has a selection of videos he can show customers on the flatscreen television above the service desk.
Great Northern recently hosted a plastic-welding and metal-bonding class attended by 35 to 40 people, including several from Vermont. The course was taught by Kurt Zimmerman of Upstate Auto Body Warehouse.
On Aug. 1, Great Northern staff were in Vermont to train technicians at an auto-body shop how to do silicon bronze welding on hardened structural metals. That’s helpful because of new standards on the type of welding that can be used to repair structural safety systems in a vehicle, Wysko said.