Even though Jake Buhnerkempe of Effingham, IL only opened J&R Collision with his father six months ago, the duo is already looking to expand in size and demand.
Jake’s father, Roger, had previously owned Roger’s Body Shop from 1980-2002, but then decided to leave the industry to pursue excavating. Jake also decided to pursue other avenues and put his interest in auto body on hold to take up firefighting.
Eventually Jake returned to his true passion in 2010 and opened Jake’s Collision Repair.
At first, he was just fixing cars for his family and friends in his spare time, but then the business began to take off.
Jake and his wife moved back to Effingham after he was a firefighter in St. Louis, MO for six years, and he and his father combined forces to open J&R Collision.
As Jake concentrates on growing the business, he told Effingham Daily News the hardest part is not having a more hands-on role.
"I still very much would rather be out in the paint booth painting or banging on the fender of a car," he told Effingham Daily News.
Jake told Effingham Daily News the number of people who were served by his father's shop and are now coming to the new shop is a testament to the close-knit community in which he lives.
Jake and Roger want to continue to foster that connectivity by giving back to the community through a couple of projects they have planned, including contributions to charities or hosting charity events at the shop, reported Effingham Daily News.