B&D Automotive started as a partnership between Robert J. Hershberger, Jr. (Bob) and David L. McCracken (Dave). We first rented the building we are currently in. When we first moved in on Jan. 15, 1982, we were faced with total disarray. The office was a disaster, no lifts in the 2 service bays, broken windows, frozen plumbing and 2 tractor trailer loads of trash and junk. The first 2 weeks we spent cleaning, painting and remodeling. Our first official day of business was February 1, 1982.
We worked with a portable air compressor, a bumper jack and our own hand tools. We took delivery of our first lift in late February and the second in July.
September brought about our exterior face-lift. We removed the old metal panel siding and had the walls stuccoed. In November of 1982, we purchased the building and property.
1983 was a year for expansion. Needing additional parking for the large number of vehicles we were serving, we purchased a piece of property directly behind us. We added 3 additional service bays on to the building and installed alignment equipment in one of those bays. This further enhanced our ability to provide "One Stop Car Care."
In 1984, we are still growing. We've outgrown our existing parts stock room and decide to build a 16 foot by 22 foot inventory room onto the rear of the building. This allows us to stock the more popular parts needed to service vehicles in a timely manner.
An office computer for generating invoicing and maintaining inventory was cutting edge in 1985. So we remodeled our office and purchased an IBM computer and custom software that was written for our industry.
It was also time to renew our sign and give the business a more professional appearance.
By late 1987, we found ourselves cramped for space once again. We were faced with lost production time. Service bays idle with vehicles waiting for the repair parts or the authorization to perform the repairs. The work was getting back logged. How does one add hours to the day? Give each technician another service bay to work in.
So in the fall of 1988 we broke ground on an addition that doubled the size of the facility. It added 4 service bays, bring the total number to 9. Now when a bay was tied up "waiting for". there was another bay for work to be performed in. We also renovated and enhanced the front office, customer waiting area and added in a lunch room.
Now that we have a shop that gives us the flexibility of multiple bays per technician, our focus has been on technology and staying current with the latest diagnostic equipment and training.