Wednesday, 06 May 2015 00:00

Faribault, MN Man Expands Auto Body Business

Malecha's Auto Body owner Willy Malecha stands with his wife Missy in the office at the new location. Camey Thibodeau/Daily News

 

After working out of his home shop for 12 years, Willy Malecha has expanded his auto body repair business.

Malecha opened his new shop on April 27 at 1320 Second Ave. NW, just south of the Faribault Woolen Mill at the intersection of Second Avenue Northwest and 14th Street Northwest.

“We needed more room and a better location,” Malecha said. “It was sometimes hard for people to find me.”

Born and raised in Faribault, Malecha has operated Malecha’s Auto Body from his home, located three miles south of Wal-Mart on Bagley Avenue, since 2003. He started preparing to move his business at the end of January. The new shop can hold 10 vehicles — twice as many as the old shop.

Another highlight of the new shop is a booth that cures and dries paint on a vehicle in just 30 minutes.

Malecha started in the auto body and repair business when his father worked at Steffens Chevrolet Buick auto dealership that was once located next to Harry Brown’s in Faribault. Malecha got a job there too doing oil changes, then gradually began to take on more.

Services provided at Malecha’s Auto Body include auto body repair, painting, frame straightening, glass installation, AC service and more. Malecha also recently got his dealer’s license and is now selling cars, a handful of which are on display at the new shop.

Malecha Auto Body has one other employee and is looking for a full-time body and paint technician.

Malecha’s wife Missy has helped her husband with the move and lends a hand at the business when she can.

“I think it’s really cool that he’s following his dream,” Missy said. “It’s been stressful, but we’re here.”

For more information, call Malecha Auto Body at 507-838-8166 or find them online at www.malechasautobody.com.

 

We would like to thank Faribault Daily Times for permission to reprint this article.

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