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Preston’s parts guys

Mon, Apr 30th, 2012
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Mark Berry has worked at NAPA Auto Parts in Preston for a total of 13 years, and he has seen some changes over the years. Before working there, he worked at Curt’s Standard. He studied business at Rochester Community and Technical College.

“I’ve worked on cars my whole life, so this is a perfect fit for me,” said Berry.

His co-worker, Nate Bueltel, has been there for nine years. Bueltel is from Chatfield, and he attended college in Winona for auto body and painting work. He is younger than Berry, but he has also seen how technology has changed their jobs.

“It has gone from Mark looking up parts in catalogs to using computers,” he said.

“It makes paper work a lot easier,” said Berry.

Technology has been the biggest change Berry has seen in his years working with cars and auto parts. “It went from mechanical to electronic,” he said. “I’m old school. I lean on him all the time.”

“We make a good team,” agreed Bueltel.

Between the Preston store and the one in Chatfield, which are both owned by the same person, NAPA delivers auto parts to Lanesboro, Wykoff, Fountain and more.

“It used to take a day or two to have parts delivered,” said Berry. “But now we have someone making deliveries every 12 hours. That is a big advantage for the shops that we work with to have the parts the same day.”

For a small town auto parts shop, the two employees stay busy. And they enjoy what they do.

“I like it,” shared Bueltel. “It’s about the only thing I know. I don’t know any business better than I know the auto business. And I like the people.”

NAPA not only sells parts for cars. They also supply basic hardware, camping supplies, and other items. And as far as vehicles go, they offer parts for pretty much every make and model.

Berry and Bueltel can be found at NAPA in Preston Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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