Automotive shop to open in Basehor
Since 1962, the Kolman name has been synonymous with the automotive business in Tonganoxie.
Now the business is expanding. Bob Kolman, owner of Sutton-Kolman Automotive, plans to open shop in Basehor next week.
Kolman said his second branch of Sutton-Kolman Automotive will be on the southeast corner of the intersection of U.S. Highway 24-40 and 155th Street, in Jeff Himpel's building which also houses the Color Wheel.
Kolman, who has employed four mechanics in Tonganoxie, recently hired a fifth. When he opens his Basehor shop, one of the mechanics will relocate there. Also, Larry Courtney, who in the past worked for Kolman in Tonganoxie and in Platte City, Mo., will help run the new business. Kolman said he plans to continue selling cars at his Tonganoxie location, but not in Basehor.
Kolman's parents, Bob and Barbara Kolman, and his grandparents, Ray and Darlene Sutton, purchased the Tonganoxie Ford dealership in 1962 from Charles Laming. At that time, the Ford garage was at the corner of Fourth and Delaware. Several years later, the families built a new Ford garage on U.S. Highway 24-40, across from the present Tonganoxie Junior High School.
In 1996, the family sold the Ford dealership and Kolman continued working there until 1998, when he started working as parts and service director at All Pro Ford in Platte City. But Kolman wanted to own his own business again.
So on what turned out to be a memorable day, not only for Kolman, but for the nation, on Sept. 11, 2001, he opened his new Tonganoxie automotive business just east of B&J Country Mart, on U.S. Highway 24-40.