Shane Quiding says it’s taken him a year-and-a-half, and well over $400,000 to get to the point where he is today – opening his own business in the District of Barriere.
“I bought the land one-and-a-half years ago,” siad Quiding, “I had the planning even before I had the property, and then I had to work up north to make enough money to put my plans in motion.”
Quiding’s plans are now taking shape and becoming reality, last week he officially opened the doors to his business, Act 1 Services, at 4376 Hall Road, just off the Yellowhead Highway, and directly south of the Mountain Springs Motel.
Quiding is an experienced mechanic, with a resume showing 30 years of experience as a Licensed Technician, he isi also a Grand Master GM Tech, and he has considerable experience with Ford products.
“We have all the equipment and tools required,” says the mechanic, “We have hoists for everything up to a three ton, and we will also be an approved vehicle inspection centre within 60 days. We’re already licensed, but are just awaiting a building inspection before we can start doing vehicle inspections.”
Quidings says he keeps “being a green facility” very much in mind while constructing the shop and developing the property. He notes supporting local businesses as much as possible while doing the construction has been important to him.
“We’re using two c-cans, a full cement pad, and a used coverall building for the roof, which is going on this month. I’m trying to have no eco footprint as we put this all together.”
In the future Quiding’s plans are to expand the cement pad in the shop by another 20 feet, which will thereby enable the shop to become a Commercial Vehicle Inspection centre as well.
His new business is already creating employment within the community; with manager Dawn Wright on staff in the office, and mechanics apprentice Thomas Hovenkamp in the shop.
“We moved here because everybody is friendly,” said Quiding, “I also get to see my daughter every day, and I want to be able to give back to the town.”
He says Act 1 Services pledges that three per cent of their annual labour sales will be donated to children’s projects within the community of Barriere. “I hope that in 10 years I won’t be able to walk more than one block in town without seeing something this fund will have built for the kids. I don’t care if it’s a park bench, a barbecue or a tether ball, so long as it benefits the kids.”
Quiding says for customers, he is offering a special rate for the balance of 2013. “If you live within 100 kms of the shop, and need work done on a personal vehicle (not a company vehicle), your labour rate will be $65 per hour instead of the usual $75.”
In the near future Act 1 Services will be offering North American Motors vehicle sales and rentals on site, as well as a public lot where area residents can park their vehicles for private sale.
The businessman says he has a special thanks for his accountant at FBC, and for all those in thc community who have been so supportive of his venture.
“We have a caretaker’s trailer on site, but we still have to finish renovating the house, get a sign at the front gate, level and gravel more parking area, plus finish clearing and fencing the rest of the property,” tells Quiding, “But for now, just finally being officially open for business is a milestone.”
Act 1 Services is open Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 250-672-9721 for an appointment.