Andrew Strauser opened Route 56 Repair off U.S. 56 near Pizza Hut about a year ago, but has recently moved the business to the first block of the alley between Freeborn and Roosevelt Sts. in an effort to get more visibility.
“People drive by the old location and call and ask if we’re closed, but we’re still out here to help the community,” Strauser said.
He said the move gives the business more visibility and the ability to have a sign on Main St., and help him offer more services with the help of a friend.
“I’m trying to do more things and I think this was a good move,” he said.
The shop now offers chain saw blade sharpening and locksmith services in addition to working on small engines from boats to leaf blowers, as well as automotive work. Strauser said it is the customer service that sets him apart.
“We offer quality work at low prices and try to do what we can to meet the needs and wants of the community,” he said.
One of those needs the company began catering to is offering free lawnmower, power tool, or automotive pick up and return to residents in town.
“We pick up the vehicle, fix it, and return it to the customer,” he said.
He believes the service is especially valuable to older residents who might not have a way to transport things like lawnmowers to a repair shop.
Strauser said his favorite thing about the job is always the most challenging, learning the tricks of taking apart and putting together all different types of engines.
“I specialize in marine work, but I do just about everything,” Strauser said. “You learn new stuff every day.”
The shop is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 24/7 emergency service is available by calling (620) 381-0345.