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Red Rock Garage

Posted - Sep. 13, 2010 at 3:41 p.m.



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I was so impressed with one of the businesses that I met on a recent trip to St. George. This five-year-old company specializes in working on large trucks and motor homes.

Dennis Rowley, one of the owners, explained that when the building wasn't finished in time for the company's opening, they had no choice but to set up shop in the parking lot, expecting it to last only a few months. Thirteen months later, after working through the stifling St. George summer and the winter cold, the building was finally finished.

Dennis told me that working in the parking lot was not without its challenges, but it led to some great business startup stories. Like the time when he was changing the oil in a large semi rig when a gust of wind blew the oil everywhere but into the oil pan. Or the intense summer when the only shade to be found was underneath the big rigs and the winter when they used a smug pot to keep warm. Talk about the entrepreneurial spirit!

Each of the owners brings their own talent to the table. Dennis Rowley specializes in tires while Dennis Thomas is better with big trucks and trailer repair. Horatio Avila is an automotive specialist. These are friends from the business who decided to come together to start their own company. Their motto is "if it has nuts and bolts," they can fix it.

One of the reasons this talented group has been able to weather the economy so well is not only the unique skill but also the important service they are delivering to their customers.

To make sure their business is as full service as possible, they have alignment equipment with a building big enough to align the semis for important clients like Flying J, Barney Trucking and Maverick.

This is a niche service since most service companies are not set up with enough length for big trucks to align properly.

For Zions Bank, I'm Chris Redgrave, speaking on business.

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