Drivers coming into Blue Earth from the east finish of city on County Highway 16 have most likely seen a brand new enterprise as they arrive up the hill by the Blue Earth Stockyards.
Circle Ok Auto Restore is open and working the place Paul Knudtson used to conduct enterprise at Paul’s Exhaust and Auto Service.
John Koestler, the proprietor of Circle Ok Auto Restore, opened his new enterprise in the midst of August.
“Proudly owning my very own store is one thing I all the time needed to do,” Koestler says. “I simply didn’t know when it could occur.”
The Blue Earth native adopted fairly an fascinating path to succeed in his present vacation spot.
“I graduated from Blue Earth Space Excessive College in 2004,” he feedback. “And I used to be in a position to take some fascinating courses whereas I used to be at school.”
A kind of courses was the Tremendous Excessive Mileage class.
“We took our entry as much as the Brainerd Worldwide Speedway,” Koestler recollects. “And our car achieved 523 miles per gallon.”
He was additionally on a group which competed within the Ford AAA Auto Expertise Competitors.
“I loved that and had the very best rating on our group,” Koestler notes.
He took the summer time off after highschool earlier than enlisting within the military the place he turned a Mild-Wheel Automobile Mechanic.
“I then turned an All-Wheel Mechanic,” Koestler explains. “However I made a decision to turn into a forklift operator so I might deploy.”
He had deployments in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait.
“I ultimately served because the store foreman at Bagram Air Base in Parvan Province, Afghanistan,” Koestler shares. “I used to be honorably discharged in 2015. I beloved being a soldier however I can earn more money and a greater residing outdoors of the service.”
He says his time within the service gave him some invaluable expertise.
“Being in Iraq was very fascinating as a result of we didn’t have many instruments so engaged on automobiles was difficult,” Koestler says. “Then I went to Kuwait and I had all types of instruments accessible to make use of.”
When he returned to the Blue Earth space he labored for varied car restore outlets together with Flaherty Auto once they have been in Fairmont and Jay’s Store in Blue Earth.
“Jay Johnson owned Jay’s on the time and he noticed potential in me,” Koestler remarks. “So he added one other stall to his enterprise and I had a job.”
The title Circle Ok has some household historical past. His father as soon as owned Circle Ok Auto Physique and his brother, who lives in Mora, owns Circle Ok Septic and Excavating.
Koestler states he’ll do nearly any sort of work however, sarcastically, one merchandise he doesn’t care to do is customized exhaust work, which is one thing the store formally positioned at his website, Paul’s Exhaust and Auto Service, would do.
“A great exhaust man who will do customized jobs has some actual expertise,” he says. “It’s virtually an artwork.”
Koestler has two stalls at his store and each have hoists to boost automobiles up within the air when wanted.
“Proper now I’m engaged on constructing my enterprise,” he feedback. “My regular hours are from 8 a.m. to five p.m., Monday by Friday. I additionally will do some jobs by appointment on Saturdays.”
He’s additionally a vendor for Matheson Gasoline and has argon, oxygen and acetylene gases accessible on the market.
After all, like many self-employed enterprise house owners, Koestler typically works previous closing time.
“There are jobs I wish to full and never depart till the subsequent day so there are occasions when I’ll stick across the store to finish a job,” he shares.
He works on vehicles, pickups and also will do gentle diesel work.
“I’ll do the straightforward issues like altering oil and rotating tires,” Koestler explains. “I can even change engines, transmissions, ball joints and U-joints. One in every of my sturdy factors is in electrical diagnostics.”
With the Blue Earth space getting its first style of winter this previous week, Koestler says it’s a good time to do some preventative upkeep in your automobiles.
“Have your batteries examined,” he reminds individuals. “When it will get chilly outdoors a weak battery won’t have the ability to begin your car.”
It’s not the one factor which wants checking, in accordance with Koestler.
“Tire strain is affected by the change in temperatures so be sure your tires are correctly inflated,” he states. “It’s also a great time to have your brakes checked out and to verify your antifreeze.”
Koestler says he enjoys serving to hold individuals on the street.
“Change the oil, sustain on upkeep and at present’s automobiles will run a very long time,” he feedback.
And once you want somebody to work in your car, Koestler says Circle Ok Auto Restore is able to assist.