Midwest ADAS, co-owned by brothers Andy Tylka and Geoff Beckett, recently opened in Merrillville, Ind. The business is a new licensee of Car ADAS Solutions, a Salt Lake City-based provider of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) calibration technology and services.
Midwest ADAS held an open house in mid-July with 45 people, including estimators and technicians from 11 body shops, as well as several vendors.
“We are very excited to be working with another industry leader, sharing our vision of how to tackle the ADAS calibration opportunity,” says Greg Peeters, CEO of Car ADAS Solutions. “We are energized by Andy’s and Geoff’s aggressive growth strategy and intense focus on repairing vehicles correctly, including ADAS calibrations.”
“Attendees told us that it was the nicest calibration center they had seen,” says Tykla, who owns body shops in three different regions of Indiana and Illinois. “They were impressed that we built our operation around making it as easy as possible for shops to have their calibrations done following OEM standards.”
Tylka met Peeters at an AkzoNobel ACOAT Selected North American Performance Group event and heard him discuss the importance of calibration.
“I feel like I’m fairly educated about the collision repair industry, but it was beyond information that I knew about calibrations and how they’re not necessarily being done properly and the reasons why,” says Tylka.
In February 2023, Tylka and Beckett established Midwest ADAS in northwest Indiana, outside of Chicago. The first step was finding a location to set up the facility. Car ADAS Solutions assisted in planning the layout for the lighting and electrical, measuring the concrete and ensuring OEM specifications were being met.
Before sending technicians to hands-on education classes, Tylka and Beckett attended Car ADAS Solutions’ week-long training program in Salt Lake City.
As the president of the Indiana Auto Body Association, Tylka stresses the importance of teaching his fellow shop owners and their staff how to identify the safety systems and what is needed to calibrate correctly. He is in the process of creating educational materials to share with collision repair facilities.
“… We’re trying to set the bar in the industry,” he says. “I feel like we have the responsibility of educating Indiana and the industry on the need for calibration.”
Tylka and Beckett are renovating a second facility, and a third and fourth facility are under contract.
“We’re going to grow as fast as I can locate the buildings,” says Tylka, who plans to open the additional facilities with Car ADAS Solutions by the end of the year.