Bolin said he went to college to learn about automotive mechanics, but eventually drifted to performing body work on damaged vehicles.
Before starting his wrecker business nine years ago, Bolin said he worked offshore as a production manager. He started the wrecker business so he could be home more often.
On Jan. 25 of this year, he expanded that business by opening the doors to his newest business venture: The Body Shop.
Prior to opening the shop, he and his father worked on vehicles at his father’s shop. Bolin said he likes to see the vehicles shine once their repair work is complete.
Presently, the bulk of his business is in repairing vehicles damaged in accidents, but he will take a custom paint job from time to time.
The Body Shop currently employs three people full time, including himself, Darlon Myrick and Mason Dedeaux.
Not only can the staff pull out dents and replace broken windshields, but Bolin said his shop also has a paint booth that meets all Environmental Protection Agency standards, a lift and a frame machine to straighten out collision damage. Most of the paint products he uses come from Pro Color in Picayune.
Future plans for the business include expanding the shop to make room for two more collision repair bays. While restoration work is not officially offered, Bolin hopes to make that part of the business model at some point in the future.