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Friday, 12 October 2018 18:54

Main Auto Body Opens Newest Shop in Philomath, OR

Written by Brad Fuqua, The Philomath Express
Chris Beachell, who has worked for Main Auto Body for 14 years, works on a vehicle Sept. 27 at the new Philomath, OR, shop. Chris Beachell, who has worked for Main Auto Body for 14 years, works on a vehicle Sept. 27 at the new Philomath, OR, shop. Brad Fuqua, The Philomath Express

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In a small town like Philomath, OR, it doesn’t take long for folks to hear about when it might be opening up.

 

Mario Lopez, manager for Main Auto Body’s new Philomath site at 2408 Main St., found out immediately that locals were eager to bring in their vehicles to utilize the shop’s body work capabilities or paint services.

 

“We opened August 20 for estimates, but we had a lady beat Mario here to drop her car off because she heard we were opening,” said Bob Sams, Main Auto Body’s vice president and general manager. “We had people that didn’t want to get their car fixed in Corvallis because they lived here. They just started coming, and they’ve been coming ever since.”

 

Main Auto Body occupies the building formerly owned by Tom Cleveland. His father, the late Gordon Cleveland, opened G&R Body Shop back in 1965. It remained in operation for more than a half-century.

 

Sams said G&R built a great reputation through all of those years. When they were still in operation, the business featured Tom Cleveland, his brother Tim and another employee in the shop. When Cleveland decided to retire, Main Auto Body purchased the building and tools and renovated the building.

 

The Philomath shop currently has five employees with plans to add a sixth Nov. 1.

 

“I love cars, and cars are evolving,” Lopez said when asked about why he enjoys the business. “I’ve always had a spot in my heart for cars, and I like helping people. I’ve been able to see how cars are really changing. There are a lot more electronics going in---a lot more computers. They’re getting more high-class as we go; it’s evolving fast.”

 

Main Auto Body’s Philomath shop is the company’s ninth in Oregon. Rick Perlenfein opened the original garage in 1977 in Albany and later sold it to his brother, current owner Steve Perlenfein. Other sites include Corvallis, Lebanon, Bend, Dallas, Newport, Lincoln City and Salem, which is where the corporate office is located.


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