The Frederick News-Post invites new business owners in Frederick County to share some details about their venture. Open for Business is a chance to find out more about what’s new in your neighborhood.
Maryland Collision Center will open its fourth location at 5915 Urbana Pike in Frederick. The company’s owner Jim Mudgett and Brad Groft, who will be the general manager of the Frederick location, talked with the News-Post recently about the new shop and the company’s hopes to expand.
You guys have three
Mudgett: Right. We have one in Parkville, called Maryland Collision Center Parkville. We have one in Baltimore, and it’s called Wes Ben of Maryland Collision Center. And then we have Maryland Collision Center in Silver Spring. And then this is our fourth location, Maryland Collision Center Frederick. We also own Oakley’s Towing, which is in Parkville.
And are you a
full-service body shop?
Mudgett: We are collision-repair specialists. So we do mostly insurance work, all makes and models.
Groft: Just body repairs. I guess that could be anywhere from replacing bumpers, fenders, headlights, repairing dents in doors, putting quarter panels on, all that stuff. And then paint work as well, so refinishing, repainting after we do the repairs or replacement.
What made you want
to come out to Frederick?
Mudgett: Well, we started our business three years ago, and actually the owners are me and my two sons, Jimmy and Shane. And we decided we wanted to try to do one collision repair shop per year. So as long as its’s within maybe one hour from our local Sykesville headquarters, maybe, we’re open for any area. The area doesn’t matter as long as there’s a need for our business and we think we could put up a good facility and get our customers. So we’re not really picky about where, but the opportunity came up in Frederick. And Frederick so far seems like a really cool town for us.
Do you expect to open
more shops in the future?
Mudgett: This store is officially open on Monday. And Monday, we officially start looking for our number five store.
Do you plan to stay
mostly in Maryland?
Mudgett: We’re kind of around the [Baltimore] beltway, mostly. This is kind of a little bit out of the beltway. But we’re kind of local to Maryland. But we have a lot of good people. And our goal is to grow and be profitable. And so far we’re doing both.
Groft: Another thing about our business philosophy and kind of who we are as people, we try to hire local people. I live in Westminster, so it’s not a far drive for me. But we looked in this area for a painter; we’re moving a body technician from one of our other locations to work here because it’s closer to his house; he lives in Damascus. So it’s kind of important for us to not just put a shop here. We kind of want to become part of the community and employ people in Frederick. And just from the past couple of months we’ve been up here getting the store ready, we’ve met a lot of good people from this area who want to work here. And that’s important for us, just to employ good people from Frederick and make their lives better and have them succeed as we succeed.
This interview was edited for clarity and space.
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