Tuesday, 13 October 2020 18:29

Norcal Autobody Celebrates Move to New Location

Written by Mary Bullwinkel, Times-Standard
Norcal Autobody has a new Fortuna home, 1325 Riverwalk Drive, and a ribbon-cutting celebration was held Sept. 16.   Norcal Autobody has a new Fortuna home, 1325 Riverwalk Drive, and a ribbon-cutting celebration was held Sept. 16.   Mary Bullwinkel, for the Times-Standard


Norcal Autobody is reaching out to thank everyone who helped make possible the business’s move to a new building at a new Fortuna, CA, location.

Helping them celebrate recently with a ribbon-cutting were members of the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce, along with family and friends.


The construction of the new building and the relocation of Norcal Autobody to 1325 Riverwalk Drive in Fortuna is the culmination of three years of work.


Business co-owner Mike Weekly said, “This would not have been possible for Norcal Autobody without Harry Hardin, the city of Fortuna and our inspector, Jeff Baldwin.”


Weekly also mentioned key players in the project including Baird Engineering, Quentin Owsley and Owsley Electric, Billy Robinson and Robinson Concrete, Roy Winkelhaus and Nick Shultz, Darin Thomsen, Kevin and Neil McKenny, Abe Fockhart with AF Builders, Redwood Glass, Jeff Tehan, Ferndale Tech, Mercer-Fraser Co., Matthews Paints and Dunaway Paint Supplies.


Hardin owned the Riverwalk property, which had an unoccupied house on it. After being donated to the Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department, the house was removed during a practice burn and a new 8,000-square foot steel building was erected by Darin Thomsen Construction of Loleta.


Hardin was and is a long-time customer of Norcal Autobody and said of the business, “I want you to be the best around.”

Current Office Manager Leah Overson gives credit to the late Crystal Atkisson, the previous office manager who got the project moving forward in 2017. Atkisson died unexpectedly in March 2019, and Overson said, “I know she would love to have seen it through and be here today. I am thankful to finish what Crystal started.”


“This shop is dedicated to both Crystal Atkisson and Harry Hardin,” Overson said. “Because of Crystal, the project began, and because of Harry, the project was possible. We are so beyond grateful to see our doors open and the next chapter of business begin. Come by and say ‘hi’ and I’ll make you a cup of coffee.”


Norcal Autobody co-owner Kevin Brett said, “We would like to thank everyone who took part in this project and helped it come to life. It has been a lot of work and we could not have done it alone.”


Norcal Autobody was established in 2011 by Weekly and Brett, who have a combined 60 years of autobody experience. The business had been located at 687 K St. in Fortuna, the former location of Bob Aldrich’s Body Shop. When Aldrich retired in 2011, Weekly and Brett established their business at the same location.


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