Monday, 10 September 2012 15:31

Bloomington body shop begins work on new $1M facility

A longtime Bloomington, IL, auto body shop has broken ground on a new $1 million facility.

Bob Zook Auto Body expects to move into its new facility at 411 Detroit Drive, Bloomington, by April, said company President Bryan Caldwell. Business will continue at its current location, 413 E. Stewart St., Bloomington, until the new building is complete.

“We are excited by the growth and opportunities the new facility will bring,” said Caldwell, who has worked for the company for nearly three decades.

The new 12,750-square-foot building, next to the Palace Cinemas, will allow the shop to expand its services. A new mechanical department will handle suspension and wheel repairs and alignments related to collisions, said Caldwell.

Zook Auto Body now offers collision repair, auto detailing and rental car assistance. The new building will incorporate green technology such as low emissivity windows, which absorbs less heat from the sun and gas-radiant heating, which uses less energy to heat rooms, said Caldwell.

The expansion also will allow the shop to expand its labor force, going from nine employees to at least 14 in the new facility.

Caldwell said the business has built its reputation over its more than 40 years in the Twin Cities. The new location will make it easy for longtime customers to reach the shop for repairs, he said.

“It’s generational customers; I’ve worked on people’s cars whose kids were very small and then I’ve seen them grow up,” Caldwell said. “Referrals are the cornerstone of our business.”