by Michael Anderson

Family, longtime clients drive Complete

Lakewood, Colo.—As a young man, Dan Mantei earned his keep busting tires for Jim Paris Tire on West Center Avenue in Lakewood.  Although that shop has changed ownership and names several times in its 50-year existence, its customers have remained loyal, said Mantei, now a journeyman technician, who acquired it in 2010.

Monday, December 1, 2014 - 00:11
Broomfield, Colo.—To better serve 2015 F-150 owners, Sill-TerHar Motors’ Collision Repair Center recently earned status as a Ford Motor Co.-certified shop for structural aluminum repair.  The move will also benefit the dealership’s many high-end customers, whose cars also...
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 23:11
Castle Rock, Colo.—When a last-minute clip or small trim piece is needed to complete a job, Alan Graves says his ability to deliver a car on time depends on his suppliers’ capacity for hotshot deliveries. “Without parts you can’t do anything,” said Graves, a 25-year...
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 23:11
Denver—For Doug Ruppel, owner of Chevytruck Parts, what started out as motorcycle rides on Wednesdays turned out to be far more valuable than simply time off. The unintentional result, he said, was a consistent time slot to reflect on his business while he wasn’t there.  “I...
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 23:11
Colorado Springs, Colo.—In a bid to better compete with consolidators, Joe and Carole Hamlin opened a second collision repair facility in June, officially earning status as an MSO. The couple’s original location, which opened in 2005, remains on Southmoor Drive in Fountain.  ...
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 23:11
Denver—It’s not often that someone purchases a business they patronize, but that’s exactly what Greg Gallagher did before acquiring Aspen Tire & Auto on Paris Street in April.  He has since renamed it Peoria Crossing Tire & Auto.   While working as general...
Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 23:11
Boulder, Colo.—Bruce and Jen Ladley said they never dreamed of owning two shops when they opened Coal Creek Collision of Louisville back in 2002.  But as fate would have it, last May the couple said they came across the opportunity to do so when ABC Auto Body of Boulder became available...
Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 23:11
Sheridan, Colo.—It’s not often a businessman credits a recession, in part, with the success of his establishment.  But that is exactly what Al Dunn, owner of the venerable High Country Performance 4x4 (HCP4x4), says. “Surprisingly, what helped us out was the downturn in the...
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 23:11
Denver—It’s said that the true mark of a successful business is its ability to operate smoothly in the absence of its owner.   Dan Klepper and Dennis Poirier recently came to discover the true meaning and monetary value of that adage at their business, Sawaya Fleet Services,...
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 23:11
Denver Automotive and Diesel Center opens with $1-million investment and years of industry experience Denver—People rarely get second chances in life, but Joe Adessa, former shop owner and NHRA team owner, was able to orchestrate his own. Adessa’s dream of returning to entrepreneurship...
Monday, June 30, 2014 - 23:11
Castle Rock, Colo.—Jeff Pelley, owner of The Rock Parts Co., a NAPA jobber with stores in Elizabeth, Parker, and Castle Rock, said he has witnessed the import vehicle population in Douglas County steadily increase, to the point that Japanese, Korean, and European nameplates now collectively...
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