Born in Calabria, Italy, Joe Lumbaca began working in the auto repair industry at the age of 14. He later moved to Genoa, Italy where he perfected his skills in body work and auto painting by hand. In 1969, at the age of 22, Joe moved to the United States and settled in Columbus, Ohio. He met his wife Joanna, an immigrant from Italy, and had 3 children.
Over the years, Joe's work flourished at 2 established auto body repair shops and his work ethics and skills spoke for themselves.
Joe wanted to control his surroundings and work, so in 1981, he decided to open his own auto body repair shop. His children suggested to name the shop "The Italian Body Shop". Slowly, his one-man operation became a success. He hired and trained his first employee and expanded his business to a 2,000 square foot facility in the Northern Lights area.
His hard work and healthy reputation paid off again and allowed Joe to move to a 5,000 square foot facility and later, moved to the 8,000 square foot shop where his company now resides. Joe now has a team of 6 technicians at his shop, including his 13-year-old son, Rocco Lumbaca.
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The Italian Body Shop continued to care for their customers' vehicles while perfecting their craftsmanship and talent. The shop had a wealth of new and repeat customers which caused Joe to need another shop to fit his growing clientele. In the mid 1990's, Joe and Rocco decided to build a facility that would last them through the years. With this move, both Joe and Rocco decided to streamline their production and their name. In November of 2000, the Italian Body Shop became IBS Collision Center.
IBS prides itself in being a productive and vital part of the Westerville, Ohio community. The new, state-of-the-art 12,000 square foot facility currently employs 12 technicians who are dedicated to the production and preservation of quality auto body parts. Joe handed his legacy over to his son Rocco and has cut his role in the day-to-day operations of the shop. Rocco continues to excel in managing and supervising the daily activities of IBS Collision Center, continuing a family tradition for over 30 years.
IBS and all its employees are committed to quality, hard work, and completion of every job to the customer's satisfaction. When you're in need of auto repair, come to IBS for quality work you can afford. Have an espresso while you wait and experience our family's work. Buona Fortuna!