Latuff News and Awards
Latuff Brothers is proud to be named by Twin Cities Business Magazine as a Minnesota Family Business of the Year!
On Thursday November 7th 2013, Twin Cities Business Magazine Honored five outstanding family-owned businesses and the value they add to the Minnesota's economy and overall quality of life. The event took place at the Hilton in Minneapolis, MN. These businesses have strong records of success, family involvement, community service and philanthropy, multi-generational culture, and a positive family business structure.
Blattner Energy, Inc.
E.A. Sween Company/Deli Express
Latuff Brothers Auto Body
Data Sales Co.
Lloyd's Construction Services, Inc.
Lorenz Bus Service
Modern Manufacturing & Engineering, Inc.
Riedell Shoes, Inc.
Twin Cities Business Magazine article
Latuff Brothers is named a 2013 Minnesota Business Ethics Award Finalist!
Minnesota business and professional leaders came together Wednesday, May 15, at the Nicollet Island Pavilion to honor finalists and recipients for the 14th annual Minnesota Business Ethics Award (MBEA). The awards celebrate Minnesota businesses that exemplify and promote ethical conduct in the workplace, the marketplace and the community. Keynote speaker for the awards lunch was Gregg Steinhafel, chairman and CEO of Target Corporation. The MBEA presents awards in in three size categories: small (under 100 employees), medium (100 to 500 employees) and large (more than 500 employees).
The 2013 award finalists are:
Small-size category: Cresa Minneapolis/St. Paul; Douglas Scientific; and Latuff Brothers Auto Body
Mid-size category: Affinity Federal Credit Union; Mintahoe Catering and Events; and Premier Disability Services LLC
Large-size category: Cummins Power Generation; and St. Francis Regional Medical Center
Since its inception in 1999, the MBEA has recognized 38 Minnesota-based businesses, ranging in size from less than 10 employees to more than 150,000.
The program is organized by the Twin Cities Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals and the Center for Ethical Business Cultures (CEBC) at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business. This year the MBEA welcomes the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors as a co-organizer for the awards.
Minnesota Business Ethics Awards information
Latuff Brothers is excited to be named a 2012 Angie's List Super Service Award Winner!
This award is the highest honor given annually to less than 5% of companies on Angie's List. Thank you to all of our customers who took the time to share their experience with others! For more information about Angie's List go to www.angieslist.com.
Latuff Brothers Auto Body is proud to be recognized by Honda and Acura as a Certified ProFirst Collision Repair Facility!
American Honda’s official recognition program for Honda and Acura dealer-owned,
and independent collision repair facilities.
PROGRAM PURPOSE: The purpose of ProFirst is to promote the correct, complete, and safe repair of Honda and Acura vehicles and to provide support to those collision repair businesses who have demonstrated a commitment to a high level of customer care and satisfaction.
Latuff Brothers Auto Body owners Pete and Mike Latuff invent new product for Auto Body Industry called Pro-Tech-It®!
Cost savings, efficiency, and environmental impact drove owners Pete and Mike Latuff to find a new way to protect cars from dust, debris, and the weather. The old way, shops like ours would use a product that could be described as a one time use plastic cling wrap to protect the interior of cars during the repair process. The Pro-Tech-It® system is a reusable plastic protection system that will reduce our plastic waste by more than 90%, reduce our technicians time in utilizing the product, and save thousands of dollars in the cost of using one time use plastic wrap. At trade shows like SEMA and NACE the product was a big hit! Thousands of Pro-Tech-It® systems have been purchased by auto body shops throughout the country. Pro-Tech-It® even won awards for best new product in the auto body industry. To learn more go to www.pro-tech-it.comor view the video below. This is just another way Latuff Brothers is committed to providing auto body services that are better for you, your vehicle, and the environment.
Latuff Brothers Becomes A Certified Nissan Collision Repair Facility!
Certified Collision Repair Network Shops have the right people, parts, tools, and know-how to get the job done right the first time to get you back on the road.
Accidents happen. Don’t let your vehicle be another.
Choosing a Nissan Certified Collision Repair Facility gives you many advantages:
Shops are I-Car Gold certified and trained to repair the vehicle to maintain future crash worthiness
Prioritized use of quality Genuine Nissan Replacement Parts
The necessary tools and equipment needed to repair your vehicle
Skilled repairs along with Genuine Nissan Parts help preserve your vehicle's value
Limited lifetime warranty on complete collision repair
Nissan makes a thorough facility analysis and prepares a detailed report to make sure shops are meeting Nissan Program standards
Customer survey feedback is provided to shops to ensure the level of customer satisfaction expected
Latuff Brothers is proud to be the first officially certified collision repair facility in Minnesota!
Latuff Brothers Auto Body Hosts Job Corps Tour
Latuff Brothers was proud to host a tour for students in the Job Corps. Job Corps is a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor. The program helps young people ages 16 through 24 improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training. The Hubert H. Humphrey Job Corps Center, supports the Job Corps program's mission of teaching eligible young people the skills they need to become employable and independent and placing them in meaningful jobs or further education. In the tour, students learned about employment opportunities in the auto body industry. They were also able to ask questions about painting and repairing vehicles on today's most advanced vehicles with today's newest technology. For more information on the Job Corps go to http://huberthhumphrey.jobcorps.gov/Home.aspx.
Latuff Brothers is honored by receiving the 2011 Better Business Bureau Integrity Award.
Latuff Brothers Auto Body of St. Paul, Minn., a family-owned auto body shop founded by the Latuff family in 1933, was presented with the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota's (BBB) Integrity Award at a ceremony held in Minneapolis Oct. 24.
"The Integrity Awards celebrate businesses that share our mission of advancing marketplace trust," said Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of the BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota. "We salute the commitment to ethics this year's winners and all of our finalists have made."
The winners were chosen from more than 200 applicants.
The 2011 Integrity Award winners are:Category I (1-10 Employees): Boy’s Electric. Boy’s Electric in Eden Prairie, MN is a local, family-owned company with electricians that have been serving Minneapolis, St Paul, and Waconia and surrounding areas for over 20 years.
Category II (11-50 Employees): Latuff Brothers Auto Body. Latuff Brothers Auto Body in Saint Paul, MN is a family-owned auto body shop that was founded locally by the Latuff family in 1933.
Category III (50+ Employees): North Star Resource Group. North Star Resource Group in Minneapolis, MN offers individuals and businesses a comprehensive range of resources to promote long-term financial well-being.
Businesses that were chosen as finalists were: Kammaron Design, Inc., Minneapolis, MN; Mark O. Finney, DDS, New Brighton, MN; Seraphim Communications, Saint Paul, MN; Waterfilters.net, Zumbrota, MN; Lumber One, Avon Inc. Avon, MN; Park Dental, Roseville, MN and State Bank & Trust, Fargo, North Dakota.
Winners of the Student of Integrity Scholarships, which are awarded to high school seniors who demonstrate – through essay – their understanding of integrity and how they have applied that in their lives, were also announced. Judges’ decisions are based on the students’ commitment to ethics and integrity, rather than their grade point average.
Congratulations to the 2011 Midway Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year
Latuff Brothers received the Midway Chamber of Commerce 2011 Business of the Year at the annual meeting. The meeting took place at the Wilder Foundation in St. Paul, MN. Latuff Brothers was recognized for their collaborative efforts in working with the Midway Chamber, St. Paul Area Chamber, Local Businesses, and the City of St. Paul in structuring favorable zoning in the Central Corridor. Also for numerous volunteer participation and consistent participation of Chamber events including Lunch on the Avenue designed to support University Avenue businesses during the construction period.
Latuff Brothers Auto Body, based in St. Paul, Minn., was chosen as Community Employer of the Year by Twin Cities nonprofit TSE Inc.
TSE Inc. provides training, support, employment and transportation services to more than 300 individuals with developmental disabilities. The organization recognized Latuff Brothers at TSE Inc.’s 50th anniversary awards ceremony.
Latuff has participated in TSE Inc.’s community employment services program for nearly two years, providing employment opportunities for developmentally disabled community members. The program has helped both the community and Latuff Brothers, according to the company.
“This relationship has been a win/win from day one,” said shop owner Peter Latuff.
For more information on TSE Inc., go to tse-inc.org. For information on Latuff Brothers Auto Body, go to latuffbrothers.com.
St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Deubener Award
Latuff Brothers Auto Body was recognized at the annual St. Paul Chamber HONORS celebrating excellence in business and leadership during a gala event held at the historic Landmark Center in downtown Saint Paul.
Latuff Brothers received the award for our commitment to environmental protection through innovative technology, providing opportunities for our employees, and community involvement in the family owned business category.
Other businesses receiving the award included Restoration Professionals, ARC Greater Twin Cities, Gopher Bearing Company, and PaR Systems.
Governor's Award for Pollution Prevention
Latuff Brothers Auto Body was recognized during the Minnesota air, water, and waste environmental conference on February 27th for our efforts in waste reduction and environmental protection. During the conference that was attended by over 1,500 people, including Belinda Jensen from KARE 11 and Governor Tim Pawlenty, Latuff Brothers received the prestigious Governor's award for pollution prevention.
Latuff Brothers received the award for our efforts and investments in pollution prevention through the use of waterborne finishes and curing equipment in auto body repair. Latuff Brothers was the smallest business to receive this great award. Other businesses honored by this award were very large Minnesota companies such as Northwest Airlines and Medtronics.
During the award ceremony Governor Tim Pawlenty delivered a captivating speech about environmental conservation and the future of energy and resources in America, as well as, commended all award recipients for their efforts.
2007 Governor's Award Winners Website
2007 Governor's Award Winners Booklet .pdf
EPA Shop Tour
Latuff Brothers was chosen by the Environmental Protection Agency as a tour location during their national small business conference held in St Paul, Minnesota. Latuff Brothers was chosen to host the tour because of our commitment to environmental conservation and our pioneering the use of water-borne paints.
Water-borne paints are environmentally friendly finishes that are mixed with distilled water rather than chemical solvents. Latuff Brothers was the first repair facility in the Midwest to use water-borne paints. Prior to Latuff Brothers, the only area in the country that utilized water-borne paints were a few select repair facilities on the East coast. Latuff Brothers is ahead of the curve in technology and environmental conservation as the use of water-borne paint is not even prevalent in the most environmentally conscious states, such as California.
Through the use of water-borne environmentally friendly paints Latuff Brothers has realized a 58% reduction in emissions, while maintaining a high quality, durable finish that can be guaranteed for life.
Feedback received from the tour was very positive. EPA and state representatives expressed excitement about encouraging repair facilities in their home states to explore the use of environmentally friendly paints to reduce their impact on the environment.