On the Move
Pick up a copy of this week's Morning Shopper to see our special 'On the Move' section. This publication centers on all things that move -- cars, trucks, tractors, snow mobiles, motorcycles, etc. Included in this particular section are articles on celebrating 40 years for Tom's Body and Paint Shop as well as the family affair that tractor pulling has become for Bowdie Otte and family. Below is an excerpt from the Tom's Body article that you can find tomorrow in the Morning Shopper.
"Tom is my dad," co-owner of Tom's Body and Paint Shop, Dan Rose said. "In 1955 he was discharged from the army and he came back to the Bloomfield area, where he and mom are from, and he started looking for work."
Dan explained that his dad ended up working for the local Chevrolet dealer in Wayne originally, and was trained under the G.I. Bill since he had served in the Army. Tom learned how to deal with collision repair as well as auto body work. After around 25 years of experience Tom decided to create his own auto repair shop.
“At age 47, in 1976, he decided to start his own shop. He started the shop in a small room in the very back of the shop. It was a small facility but it was available,” Dan said.
Dan then explained that Tom, as well as Dan’s brother Doug worked together to get the shop ready in the previous auto care facility Tom had worked at. Tom already had a good reputation when he started Tom’s Body and Paint Shop though, so it is difficult to actually know the official opening of the business. However, most just call it the spring of 1976.
To read more, grab a copy of the Morning Shopper tomorrow. Photos from area car shows as well as a couple's trek to the Sturgis Mustang Rally are also included.