The right shop for the best finish

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From left are Meyer Body and Paint owners Eric and Andrea Meyer with technicians Clifford Judkins and Brian Bries. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Eric Meyer was born into the auto business – literally. “I think it’s been his calling ever since he was born in the back seat of a Grand Marquis on Main Street in Colesburg,” says his wife and business partner, Andrea (Moser) Meyer. “Eric has 16 years experience in this industry and is very dedicated to this field of work.” 

Eric and Andrea opened Meyer Body and Paint in March of 2014 in Colesburg, working on collision and restoration services. When their business began to outgrow that location, Guttenberg seemed a natural next step.

“We were fortunate enough to find a great building and location that seemed a perfect fit for us,” said Meyer, expressing her gratitude to the property’s former owners, Ken and Margie Deutmeyer. “They have been very helpful and accommodating with us, selling their location and building to us and giving us the opportunity to start up our business here in Guttenberg.” The Meyers sold their Colesburg business to their restoration technician, Tim Wilhelm, who now runs his own classic car restoration service there.  

Meyer Body and Paint’s Guttenberg team includes Clifford Judkins, who has been with the business for nearly four years. “He has 15 years of experience in auto body repair. He is a great asset to our business as he knows the people in this area and is very versatile in this field of work,” said Meyer. Brian Bries joined the team a few months ago. “He also is versatile in this industry as he also has a 12-year mechanics background. He has been learning the auto body trade very quickly,” Meyer explained. “We are fortunate to have a good group of local guys working for us.”

“We pride ourselves on getting your vehicle back to pre-accident condition in a timely manner with as little stress on you as possible,” say owners. From buffing out scratches to major collision repairs and frame straightening, Meyer Body and Paint offers both automotive and large truck collision services. “We offer free estimates and have loaner cars available for our customers, if need be, while we fix theirs,” Meyer told The Press. “We are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We will come to you or make after-hours appointments if you are not available during the day. We accept all insurances and handle all aspects of the process for you.”

The new business operates out of the Guttenberg Industrial Park at 108 N. Hill Drive. The Meyers installed a new, state-of-the-art Global downdraft paint booth, which is efficient and highly filtered to meet emissions standards regulated by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Environmental Protection Agency. The business uses Axalt environmentally friendly waterborne paint. “We also have a large truck bay paint booth to accommodate the semis and RVs. We hope to provide a wide ray of paint and body services to this area,” said Meyer. 

Striving to be ‘the right shop for the best finish,’ Meyer Body and Paint opened in Guttenberg on July 2. “So far in the last few weeks of being open here in Guttenberg we feel that we made the right choice in moving our business. It has been good seeing so many familiar faces again and helping the people in our community,” Meyer said. 

An open house is planned for the end of August. “Everyone is welcome to come up, see the place and say hi. It will be a family-friendly party as we have young children who are just as much a part of our business as anyone. They are excited to meet new people too!” Meyer explained. “Watch for more information coming out on this in the near future.”

Meyer Body and Paint can be reached by calling 563-252-2135, online at meyerbodyandpaint.net and on Facebook.

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