Team Automotive has started construction on its 10,000-square-foot, $1 million expansion.
"Spike Sterling (of Sterling’s Auto Body) had been in business for 30 years, and he had one of the top body shops in the area,” said Ryan Westling from Team Automotive. “Spike decided to retire, [and] we caught wind of it."
With a huge opportunity to inherit great employees and a large customer base, Team decided to roll in and take over. It is temporarily keeping Sterling’s shop open until the upgrade is complete.
"We get more insurance companies in here,” Team operations manager Jordan Teramana said. “We turn out [more work], and that just generates opportunities all across the board."
The expansion will make room for new office spaces and a new paint room. It will also upgrade the space in its current body shop, so everyone can be in one location.
The shop will also make several new hires.
"I think we’re the second-largest employer in the community, next to Trinity, which is huge,” Teramana said. “The tax dollars we generate go back to the community, and the food we put on people's tables makes a big part of our lives here."
"I love [our] employees; I really do [love] seeing them succeed and grow as we grow,” Westling said. “There’s no better satisfaction for me than that."
The project is expected to be complete in May.