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Steve’s Auto open in Chatfield


Mon, Apr 30th, 2012
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Steve Huper is the proud and busy owner of Steve’s Auto located on the north side of Chatfield. Photo by Jade Sexton

Steve Huper of Chatfield worked as a mechanic at several different places before he decided to open up his own shop. The building has housed many things, including a flower shop, but it looks like it will be Steve’s Auto Care and Performance Center for a while.

Huper opened up the auto shop in September, and it has been going strong ever since.

“I thought I would give it a try, and it’s worked out pretty good so far,” shared Huper.

Huper works alone, and he stays busy doing a little bit of everything. He works on cars, trucks, motorcycles, lawnmowers, snowmobiles, and more. “It’s a complete service center,” he said. “From oil changes to overhauls.”

Huper is only 25 years old, and he lives outside of Chatfield. He grew up in Elkton, Minnesota, but graduated from Chatfield High School. He attended Winona Technical College for automotive technology.

“I’ve always liked working on cars,” he shared. “I always enjoy coming to work, so that’s a good thing. I know a lot of people who hate going to work every day.”

Huper gets some customers from the surrounding area, but mostly local people. It helped that he worked at Napa before college, so he got to know a lot of people in town. While he was in college, he worked for Gordy’s BP in Winona. He has also worked for McKay Repair in Preston, Bernard Bus doing mechanic work, Kessler Auto in St. Charles, and Valley Auto in the same location he is at now.

Huper had a lot of his own tools and equipment, but had to purchase a lot to get his own business started. It was the right decision, and Huper is enjoying the new adventure.

Steve’s Auto Care and Performance Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.

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