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Wednesday, 10 February 2021 22:16

Frank's Auto Body & Restoration in Ohio Prepares for Move to New, Larger Building

Written by Bill DeBus, The News-Herald
Frank Latin, owner of Frank's Auto Body & Restoration, stands beside the body of a 1957 Chevrolet convertible that's being restored at his shop. Frank Latin, owner of Frank's Auto Body & Restoration, stands beside the body of a 1957 Chevrolet convertible that's being restored at his shop. Bill DeBus, The News-Herald

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...construction kicked off in 2020.

 

Latin estimates the overall cost of the new building at about $2.2 million.

 

The shop got a financial boost from a state agency because of air quality improvements it is incorporating into the new building. In January, the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority board awarded the business $340,000 in bond financing and a $20,000 grant to bolster the project.

 

“This is an exciting time for Frank’s as they move to a new, larger location and implement environmental conscious improvements to protect the air as well as the well-being of employees,” said Christina O’Keeffe, executive director of the authority, in a news release. “We are pleased to be able to support this Ohio small business and help them achieve their goals.”

 

The $340,000 in revenue bonds will be used by Frank's to finance the purchase of equipment for two downdraft spray booths and a paint mixing room for the new shop. Both the booths and mixing room will be outfitted with state-of-the-art technology that will improve air quality for employees.

 

Having equipment that's modern and more efficient will help the shop not only to meet environmental requirements, but also to be more competitive, as well, Latin said.

 

"That's because we'll be able to [finish painting] more vehicles in a shorter amount of time," Latin said. "So we're actually going to generate some [additional] job openings."

 

Right now, the staff is composed of about nine to 10 employees, Latin said. With the move to the new building, he anticipates hiring...


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