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Employees Dedication Keeps JP Goetz Going Strong
Written by Kelly Chandler, Staff Writer

Employees who make up the staff of J.P. Goetz Collision Center in Pennsburg, left to right, Shane Dierolf, Mike Wheeler, Chick Price, Sue Walter and Ben Fallon.

         With 27 years of service to customers in the Upper Perkiomen Valley and beyond, J.P. Goetz Collision of Pennsburg is still going strong.  And they want people to know they continue to carry on the tradition of quality auto body service and repairs started by late founder John Goetz.

        The business specializes in body work of all types, including collision repairs, restoration and light custom work completed by a talented team of employees, several of whom have worked for the business in excess of 20 years. 

        “We have a lot of dedicated, local people who work here and do a great job,” noted owner Denise Goetz, citing manager Mike Wheeler, office manager Sue Walter, head painter Shane Dierolf and body shop tech Ben Fallon.

        And it was those employees who made Goetz’s decision on the fate of the business a little easier after her husband’s death in October 2011.   

        Despite having only a few years’ experience in the business, having worked in the travel industry most of her life, Denise Goetz said she couldn’t imagine closing the doors and putting those employees out of work.

        “Kudos to the people who kept me going here when I didn’t have the knowledge or know-how to run it myself,” she said.  “I am so grateful to them.  It was a difficult decision and it could have come to a very different conclusion.”

        The expansive shop, with a total of 18 bays for body work, painting and detailing, has seen employees not only tackle standard collision repairs as of late, but also work on a variety of restoration projects including a ’71 Corvette, which they stripped down and did a custom paint job on, and a ’55 Chevy, which was completely torn down.  That vehicle, which had its color changed inside and out, is being reassembled.

        They have also taken on golf carts, motorcycles, RVs and tractors. 

        J.P. Goetz has a spray booth and mixes their own paint, or can work on custom paint to a customer’s specifications. They offer a lifetime guarantee on paintwork.

        Wheeler, who worked under John Goetz for 11 years before taking over as manager, said the business is known for its excellent work, honesty and great customer service.

        “We are experienced and don’t take shortcuts,” he said.  “We aim to please.  We want the business to be known as a top-notch collision repair shop.”

        J.P. Goetz handles everything from towing following a collision to handling insurance companies and rentals for customers. And they stress that customers have the ability to choose their own body shop, despite recommendations from their insurance companies.

        They work with all insurance companies.

        They attribute their diverse customer base, many not only from the immediate area, but also from Quakertown, Barto, Macungie and Souderton, to their willingness to go the extra mile.

        “We have a lot of return customers because we stand behind our work and try to accommodate them after hours and on Saturdays when we can,” said Sue Walter.

        For more information on J.P. Goetz, located at 105 E. Seventh  St., Pennsburg, call (215)679-4933.





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