By Shari Friedel
Keeping their customers riding right is the aim of new business owners James Deaver and Molly Hutchinson, who have recently returned to Grant to open a new business specializing in automotive and truck repair.
James, 23, was born and raised in rural Grant, and graduated from Grant High School in 2004.
He has had a life-long passion for all things automotive, stemming from his upbringing on a Perkins County farm.
Following graduation, he attended Southeast Community College for two years and was enrolled in the Ford ASSET program, graduating in 2006. He has since been employed at Summers-Zoellner Ford and Schmidt Motors in Ogallala, and Crown Ford in Nashville, Tenn., accumulating over five years of experience in the field.
With the slogan, “You know it’s done right when you’re riding rite,” the new business offers a full range of service to vehicles including a check of engine lights, all gasoline engines—carbureted and fuel-injected, 4x4s, drive lines, brakes, heating and air conditioning and diesel engines, all makes and models. They have the ability to work on older carbureted models as well as brand new vehicles.
James enjoys the work he does, but finds it is most rewarding when the repairs are done and the vehicle is running the way it should.
Molly graduated from Ogallala High School in 2005, and attended the University of Nebraska in Kearney as a theatre major. A popular regional singer, she went to Nashville two years ago to pursue a career in the music industry.
Two years in Nashville made the couple realize they were missing the small town life, and they made the decision to return to their roots and rejoin family and friends in the tight-knit communities they called home for most of their lives.
Molly plans to continue her education in business and accounting classes to enable her to contribute to the business in that capacity. She also plans to continue her singing career, returning to Nashville periodically.