Archive for Wednesday, September 27, 2000

Local businessman opens automotive repair shop

September 27, 2000

A long-time Tonganoxie businessman has opened an automotive repair shop.

Bob Kolman's business, Sutton-Kolman Automotive, is located in the west end of the building where East Side Auto Parts is, at 1204 U.S. Highway 24-40.

The business will offer full-service repairs to any make and model of vehicle, Kolman said.

Kolman, whose family has been in the Tonganoxie car business since 1962, said customer service will be foremost in his shop.

"In this day and age, customer satisfaction is the only thing that will keep people coming back to you time and time again," Kolman said. "If you take care of them and they like you, I think the business will take care of itself."

Before moving to Tonganoxie during the early 1960s, Kolman's father, Bob Kolman had been a TWA mechanic and later ran a garage in the Muncie area.

"He and my grandfather (Ray Sutton) decided to start a Ford dealership in Tonganoxie," Kolman said.

They set up shop at the location of the former Ford dealership at Fourth and Delaware. Several years later, they constructed a new building on U.S. Highway 24-40, the current location of City Ford.

After Kolman's father died in 1990, Bob Kolman, his mother, Barbara Kolman, and his cousin, Mike Brown, operated the business. In 1996 Marcus Allen Ford purchased the company, and in 1998, City Ford bought the dealership.

Soon after, Kolman, who had continued working for Marcus Allen Ford, started a job at a Ford dealership in Platte City, Mo.

Kolman said he's glad the opportunity to work in Tonganoxie came up again. There are at least two other former employees he's also hoping will join him.

Shop hours will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday.

Kolman said he soon plans to be open several evenings a week for the convenience of commuters.

Commenting has been disabled for this item.