Tuesday, 28 September 2021 21:39

Freer Auto Body in Godfrey, IL, Marks 30th Anniversary with Legacy of Community Service

Written by Dan Brannan, RiverBender.com


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It has officially been 30 years since Freer Auto Body began operation in Godfrey, IL.

The shop had humble beginnings with David Freer and his grandpa, Arnold. David was a prime builder of the business at the start but died in a tragic car crash 13 years ago. David's brother, Tim, and his wife, Carrie, mom, Margaret, and dad, Michael, have carried the business on to what it is today.


The business started in 1991 fulfilling the dream of David Freer, then an 18-year-old Ranken Technical College graduate. The meager beginning included a 30-by-50-foot building. It has always been a family business with David, Tim, Margaret and Mike working boundless amounts of hours to ensure its success.


Tim assumed the role as Freer Auto Body president in 2008, when David died.


Carrie joined the office staff and Taylor and Lily Freer, Tim and Carrie’s daughters, often assist. The two girls are heavily involved in volunteer efforts throughout the year, especially Community Christmas with Christmas In July.


The business today has 17,000 square feet, a huge difference from the original 1,500 square feet start. They possess the most modern equipment and now have 20 employees.


“We have received the Captains of the Riverbend Award in 2004 and 2013 from the Riverbend Growth Association, Small Business of the Month in 1995, 2003 and 2011,” Margaret Freer said. “In 2011, we received the Golden Leaf Award from the Godfrey Women's Club. Taylor and Lily have been recognized as United Ways outstanding community volunteers.”


In 1999, Margaret received the Women of Distinction Award, and in 2011, Tim was a recipient of the first 20 Under Forty Awards.


“We have never forgotten our meager beginnings and attribute our success not only to hard work but to a community which has embraced and supported us,” Tim and Margaret said.


Taylor is a senior in high school and Lily is a freshman. Margaret said both have always done their very best to...

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