GALION — Shawn Wolford has been working on cars for as long as he can remember. Now he has taken his passion and turned it into a business.
Wolford opened Wolford Auto Repair at 900 Dawsett Ave., on June 2 and a ribbon-cutting ceremony, hosted by the Galion-Crestline Area Chamber of Commerce was held on Friday.
“This is something I have wanted to do for a long time. I grew up around cars. It is my blood,” Wolford said.
The 1996 graduate of Galion High School said he offers all types of auto repair and service.
“Except for engine and transmission swaps,” he said.
Wolford said whatever a vehicle he needs, he can do it … from new tires to oil changes to new brakes,
“I grew up in Galion, lived here my whole life. I want to offer people in our community quality auto service and repair at affordable prices,” Wolford said.
Mayor Tom O’Leary said that young people like Wolford are the future of Galion.
“It’s really exciting to see someone like Shawn open a business in Galion because he believes in our city. That is what is takes to keep things moving forward,” O’Leary said.
Wolford’s wife, Regina, and children will be helping out in the air-conditioned office where customers can wait for their vehicle to be fixed.
“We offer free wifi and free coffee. We also have snacks customers can purchase,” Wolford said.
Wolford said he buys his auto parts locally.
“I have a great relationship with Jesse Tuttle and the other employees at Advanced Auto Parts here in town. I believe that as a business owner, I should support other business owners because we are all in this together,” said Wolford as he greeted guests coming into his business.
Wolford Auto Repair is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. The business is closed on Sundays.
For more information, call 419-210-0162 or visit https://www.facebook.com/wolfordautorepair.
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