Wednesday, 30 April 2014 15:45

Jerry’s Auto Body, a Family Shop for 40 years in Minnesota

Jerry Schoenecker and his wife Mary started Jerry’s Auto Body in Oak Park Heights, MN, in April 1974. The calendar from the first month of business still hangs on the wall. Although Jerry Sr. passed away, the shop has remained family-owned, and brothers Jerry, Joe, and John still work there, as well as Jerry Jr.’s stepson Mike DeCorse. The shop has about 10 full-time employees, and Jerry Jr. says half have been with the shop 30 years or more. “We’re fixing people’s grandkids’ cars now,” Jerry Jr. said. Jerry said the shop keeps customers because staff focuses on service. “We always try to do a little extra,” he said. “Service, service, service is our deal.”