The Mings purchased the business effective Monday, April 1, from Matt and Kathy Hoscheit. The Hoscheits purchased the business in 2013 from original owners George Lueken and Bill Swerczek.
Justin and Leigh are both originally from southwest Kansas, but moved to St. Libory in 2003. They have backgrounds and degrees in Radiologic Technology. Leigh holds a degree in diagnostic imaging and is a clinical manager for a national company selling medical diagnostic equipment.
Justin holds a bachelor’s degree in diagnostic imaging and worked as a CT/MRI technologist until eight years ago, when he decided to follow his passion and open a new auto body shop in St. Libory.
Justin’s experience in auto body work began as a teenager working at a shop in his hometown of Lakin, KS, with his friend Travis Bless and Travis’s dad, Corky. He painted his first car, a 1957 Chevy Bel Aire, at the age of 14, and followed up with his second complete paint job on a 1956 Corvette.
“I had some great experiences there and learned a lot, especially from the older guys,” Justin said. “I always wanted to own my own business.”
Travis went on to graduate from the auto body program at WyoTech, and Justin continued to work with him on a variety of projects.
Travis now owns his own business, Trav’s Body Shop, in Lakin, KS.
Now with 26 years of experience, Justin has one employee at the St. Libory shop and will have two employees at B & G in Albion. The employees in Albion are Quentin Wagner, who has 24 years of experience, and Diamon (D.J.) Heiderman, who has nine years of experience.
B & G will continue to be a full-service shop, offering all types of body work, restoration, painting, paintless dent repair, windshield and glass repair. The business name will remain the same.
The Mings are car enthusiasts. They own a customized 1971 Chevelle and other hot rods. They have two children. Their son Karson, 16, and daughter Kamrynn, 13, attend school in the Grand Island Northwest School District.
Justin said they look forward to being part of the Albion and Boone County community.