Mike's Auto Body
Courtesy Mike’s Auto Body Napa
Mike’s Auto Body has been in business for 44 years and operates 15 locations. Its 12th location in Napa, Calif., recently reopened after the construction of a separate building for its office space and customer lobby.
1 The 2,000-square-foot addition, built after buying the lot next to the production facility, boasts an attractive Napa motif with a flat roof and tin overhangs. The addition allows customers to more easily access the front entrance and parking.
2 The new building has five offices and a small conference room in addition to the customer lobby. Stained cement flooring and dark wood give the interior a distinctive atmosphere.
3 After construction, Mike’s Auto Body was able to streamline the production flow. The office space which use to occupy part of the shop was eliminated and added to production, which is now 7,200 square feet. The shop implemented a straight line production flow, with bodywork, paint and detail lined up, unlike before. The Napa location was able to add additional lifts and body technicians, as well.
4 The shop’s two buildings sit between two separate streets running parallel to one another, giving each structure its own entrance on its own street. This allows the shop to more easily flow cars between the shop and front office without leaving the production space. “We can actually flow between the streets now between our office and our production space,” says Dane Dearlove, marketing department coordinator for Mike’s Auto Body.
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