21 Oct Jamie Lowry to retire after 37 years in business
After 37 years in business Lowry’s Auto Body Repairs’ Jamie Lowry is looking forward to some well-deserved R and R.
With plans of campervan travelling and spending quality time with the grandchildren, Jamie and his wife Helen have handed the reins of LABR over to locals James and Erin Robertson.
“Helen and I would like to wish LABR’s new owners, James and Erin, great success with their latest endeavor,” Jamie said.
“We could not have left our legacy in better hands, and have no doubt that LABR will continue to flourish under their ownership.
“We know they will continue to provide the high standard and quality of workmanship that LABR has always prided itself on.”
Jamie and Helen opened LABR in December 1984, on the corner of Tranburg and Drewe streets, some 20 meters from where it stands today.
After the business grew quickly from a one-man operation to employing five staff, Jamie decided he wanted to return to subcontracting, closed shop, and spent two years taking care of the bodywork and painting of the fleet at Graham Allen Earthmoving.
But his passion for cars never waned.
In 1990 Jamie and Helen re-opened LABR in Morgan Street, where it remained for six years until an industrial building that came on the market caught their eye.
A small bidding war ensued but Helen and Jamie were successful in securing their dream location for the business.
15 Drewe Street has been the home of LABR for the past 25 years, with spray booths, extra sheds and paint rooms added over the years.
The business was the first to bring Endrust to Gladstone, as well as being the first to have a spray booth and baking oven, and the first panel shop to use two pack paint.
“We have a lot to be thankful for and to be proud of,” Helen said.
“But we’re probably most thankful for the continued support of our many customers, regular, private and business, there are too many to name but we have appreciated your business and trust in us over the years.
“We have also had amazing staff over the years, from the office managers to the panel beaters and spray painters, we certainly could not have done it without them.”
Jamie said his advice to the next generation of small business owners was simple.
“Focus on having a friendly attitude and good customer service,” he said.
“And if you look after your staff, they will take care of you and your business.”