LIMA — Darnell Long is living the dream by opening his own auto repair shop in Lima.
On Saturday, there was a ribbon-cutting at the minority-owned business “In and Out Auto Service” at 815 Shawnee Road, Suite A.
“We’re doing automotive repair and we have technicians doing special custom work,” Long said. “We do a wash detailing every day and we also have other things going on in there where they’re selling T-shirts and making hats.”
Long bettered his situation by going to the University of Northwestern Ohio earning degrees in both Auto/Diesel and in Computer Information Security Systems.
“It’s what I went to school for. UNOH taught me real well and we’re trying to see it prosper, letting everybody else know that it’s a possibility that God will work it out for you to make it where you need to be,” Long said.
In and Out Auto Service opened its doors to the public on June 1 and they offer a variety of services.
“We’re doing it all,” Long said. “You can get motors, transmissions, you can get tune-ups, brake jobs and we’re also doing custom fabrication on the bodywork. We’re here to help everybody out during the pandemic by keeping prices low.”
Derry Glenn, 6th Ward Lima Councilor, helped cut the ribbon at the opening on Saturday and had praise for Long.
“Mr. Long came a long way to put together a business. It’s very exciting,” Glenn said. “With Darnell coming from the south side of Lima he came up and got him a legit business that you could come out and bring you car here and get it fixed. That excites me … when you come out of the neighborhood and change your life and make a difference in our community. That’s why I want to continue seeing the growth, put down the guns and all the violence and make a difference in our community.”
To make an appointment for your car, call 567-371-5865.
Friends and family of Darnell Long cut the ribbon Saturday at In and Out Auto Service at 815 Shawnee Road.
Darnell Long has opened In and Out Auto Service at 815 Shawnee Road.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.