The men working for Spiegl Construction are enjoying the sun and mild February temperatures as they piece together the body shop at Parsons of Antigo, a new facility just west of the dealership located at Highway 45 and Amron Avenue.
And the Parsons family is pleased, too, as the project announced during late 2011 is taking shape.
Curt Parsons explained that the goal is to have the new body shop in operation by early June and then remodeling of the existing Highway 45 structure will go into full swing.
General Motors has a plan on the appearance of its major dealerships and there are certain codes that the projects must meet.
Parsons said the showroom for vehicles and sales offices will occupy the area now used as the body shop, and the current offices will become an expanded customer lounge. The present show floor will serve as an area for customers to learn about the vehicles they have purchased and drive them away.
“Our display area will grow from two vehicles to eight,” Parsons said, noting that they will have excellent exposure on busy Highway 45.
“The project should be seamless,” he added, since the Spiegl organization, the general contractor, is erecting the new building away from the busy dealership. When the remodeling begins it will start in the area of the body shop, which is sealed from the offices and current display area, so that can be completed without serious disruption.
And then when the remodeling is done, the business can move to the new quarters and the current offices and display floor can be changed.
Parsons said it is a major project, dramatically expanding the body shop with two the latest down-draft paint booths. Those booths, manufactured by Global Finishing Solutions, are produced in Wisconsin, Parsons stressed.
The dealership is busy and growing and Parsons said it was time to expand for its customers.