After purchasing Zerby Automotive in January 2021, new owners Ronald and Rachael Lutz set out to expand the already successful business by pursuing a state-of-the-art upgrade for the store.
Zerby Automotive consists of both a mechanical repair shop, but also a full body shop, a fact that few in the community may be aware of. In order to increase production and the quality of work in the body shop, the couple decides to continue installing a brand new paint booth.
The Lutzes decided to begin work on the project in early 2021 and, after battling back-to-back installation and production issues, were grateful to open the booth in late March. The new paint booth now has a downdraft system and a bake cycle, so what used to take days for a panel or car to “cure” now takes just hours . The 27′ cab is designed to produce a high quality finish very efficiently. The cabin takes filtered air that circulates through the cabin to an exhaust filter system at the other end of the cabin. The AMU (air make-up unit) can heat or “bake” surfaces up to 190 degrees.
Automotive refinish specialist Aaron Lucero works to mix the right paint color from a myriad of colors, shades and variations and works in the cab, and production has already improved. Whereas the body shop team previously completed around eight cars in several days, production has more than doubled thanks to the advanced technology used in the new cab.
However, the Lutzes are eager to continue to grow the business and continue to refine the mechanical and body shops.
“We care so much about our business and our people that everything we do is just reinvested in them and in them,” Rachael said. “We have visions and we have plans to grow even further. We’re just going to keep making it grow and succeed.
Who knows what new breakthroughs might be on the horizon for Zerby Automotive? Only time will tell.