The service garage at the back of the huge structure has four bays and Tony was looking forward to June 5, to put together the high-tech paint room due to arrive in pieces. He described it as a “building within a building.”
The size and design of the garage area will accommodate a different flow of work and the waterborne paint system incorporates infrared drying, he said.
“It’s safer for our employees and for the environment,” Tony said. “It will all be state-of-the-art equipment, so we can fix cars the way we want to.”
It’s not the Perrinos' first experience with business. They bought Perrino Action CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Shop and Collision Center in Euclid from Tony’s father six years ago and have expanded it from five employees to 28.
The Euclid and Chardon shops absorbed most of the employees who had worked at the collision center before the fire, Amy said.
“Everybody who was there before the fire is still employed,” she said. “We’re keeping everybody employed. We really wanted to do that.”
When the new facility opens late this summer, the couple expects to have 10 employees initially and expand as needed.
Support from the community has been terrific, Tony said, noting how helpful the City of Chardon and Chardon Fire Department have been throughout rebuilding process.
“They helped us navigate through it. It really lessened the blow of the fire,” Amy said. “We were an eyesore for a long time.”
Once the building is up and the business is running, hopefully by the end of August, the Perrinos still have landscaping work to do.
“We intruded on (Richard’s Maple Products) property line. We have to get them back to normal,” Tony said.
Raising the business from the ashes has been a three-generation family affair, with the Perrino boys excited about the construction and leaving their handprints in the fresh concrete floor, Tony said.
Amy added they tried to keep family life normal for their sons Giovanni and Anthony, despite various stress points over the last two years.
“You know how it is---two big Italian families. We work and eat our comfort food together,” she laughed.
When the dust settles, the Perrinos hope to become more involved in community activities, Tony said.