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Moyer's Auto Body in PA Celebrates 40th Anniversary

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Moyer's Auto Body of Clearfield is celebrating its 40th anniversary. L to R: Owner, Jim Moyer; head painter, Dan Smith; and office manager, Lori Smith.
Photo by Sherry Glace

It’s quite an accomplishment to stay in business for 40 years, and Moyer’s Auto Body has done just that.

The family business is run by owner Jim Moyer, with his sister Lori Smith as office manager and brother-in-law Dan Smith as a painter.

Moyer said his father, Lawrence, and his brother, Larry, started the business in 1976. Larry and Jim officially took over the business in 1979. Jim then took over after Larry retired in 2011.

Many around Clearfield are familiar with Jim, as he spent 13 years as mayor of Clearfield Borough mostly in the 1990s, and served on Clearfield Borough Council for two years. He was also a co-chair for the very first Riverfront Festival and served on the Clearfield Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Jim currently serves as secretary for the Clearfield EMS Board of Directors, the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging and is a member of the Clearfield/Lawrence Joint Study Committee.

Jim said his garage has “state of the art tools and equipment,” and a direct repair facility for most major insurance companies. Customers range from locals in Clearfield to its surrounding communities.

The business, located at 110 Mt. Joy Road in Clearfield, has gone through changes over the years in keeping with the newest technology. Jim said the main differences from when he started are the manufacturing of vehicles — such as more plastic, rubber and computer components — and the addition of computers in the workplace, as they are used for diagnostics, mixing paint, measuring frames and uni-body, estimates and invoicing.

“We used to measure with a tape measure,” Jim said. “Now it’s done with an Infinity Laser Measuring System to measure frames and uni-bodies.”

They also have Pro Spot welders and a Chassis Liner frame machine. All employees at Moyer’s go through I-CAR training and paint school, as they use AkzoNobel Sikkens paints in fixing up vehicles to make them look like new.

As they’ve reached the 40-year mark, Jim said he plans on being around for many years to come.

“Our business will be around for a very long time,” Jim said. “As long as there are vehicles, there will always be a need for collision shops.”

Jim also stated they wouldn’t be where they are today without its employees.

“We have been fortunate enough to have good employees throughout the past 40 years,” Jim said. “Our family has worked very hard to make our business what it is today. I have been very lucky to have a great wife, Michele, who has supported me along the way.”

For more information, you can call the shop at 765-4080.

We would like to thank The Progress for reprint permission.

 

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