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Monday, 15 April 2019 16:33

Hamlet, NC, Auto Body Shop Expands, Plots Future

Written by Jasmine Hager, Richmond County Daily Journal
Jeff and Holly Hoopaugh with Refined Restorations and Collision, LLC in Hamlet, NC, stand with a car they recently fixed up that had been in an accident and brought into the shop in February. Jeff said they replaced the bumper, painted the top black, replaced the wheels, and modified the lights to flash colors. Jeff and Holly Hoopaugh with Refined Restorations and Collision, LLC in Hamlet, NC, stand with a car they recently fixed up that had been in an accident and brought into the shop in February. Jeff said they replaced the bumper, painted the top black, replaced the wheels, and modified the lights to flash colors.

Jeff Hoopaugh said his company, Refined Restorations and Collision, LLC, had modest beginnings.

 

They started in a two-car garage in Sanford that Hoopaugh would commute to from Rockingham. In 2011, Hoopaugh and his wife, Holly, rented a small building off Battley Dairy Road in Hamlet, NC, that he said was in a “forest-like” area---and they didn’t have a sign for five years.

 

“If you wanted to find us, you had to look really hard,” Hoopaugh recalled.

 

Now, Hoopaugh and his wife have expanded with a new location at 101 Raleigh Street in Hamlet. They will now operate in a 15,000-square-foot facility, a major upgrade in comparison to their 2,500-square-foot building off Battley Dairy Road.

 

“We’ve been so limited where we were,” Hoopaugh said, adding that this space forced them to build up a two-year wait list for specialty orders. “Now that we have a bigger space, we can get systems in place and be efficient.”

 

Hoopaugh envisions his facility working like a “well-oiled machine” once he gets the right team together. He said the 15,000-square-foot building will be split three ways: 5,000 feet for the paint department, 5,000 feet for the restoration department and 5,000 feet for the collision department.

 

Holly said what makes them unique is that they found their “niche.” She said they don’t shy away from any kind of work, whether it be collision, customization or restoration---they handle it all.

 

Hoopaugh said he’s done everything from painting a refrigerator to restoring a quarter-of-a-million-dollar car. He’s currently working on a 1966 Chavelle Supersport, a Mustang shipped from Maryland that’s being rebuilt from scratch, and a 1956 Austin Healey.

 

Jeff said they’ve received cars from across the state, and both Jeff and Holly said they have aspirations of their company reaching the national level.

 

“I share his vision that we want to grow with restoration and customization,” said Holly. “We invest in people and we want to create a good work environment.”

 

“I feel like we have good momentum and clientele,” added Jeff. “We have a large following because people believe in us.”

 

We thank Richmond County Daily Journal for reprint permission.

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