Howard Lake Herald, October 19, 1998

Ground broken for new auto center


Drive into Howard Lake from the east, and the first thing that catches the eye is the construction work for a new auto center being built by Art Jordan of Howard Lake.

Jordan conceived the idea when he was looking for a lot in Howard Lake to build storage space for his equipment.

He owns Mr. Rooter, a plumbing company that also does septic systems.

It is based out of Cokato, but all his equipment has been stored out-of doors, until now.

"I just ran out of room at my place," said Jordan.

The only lot available was the one on Highway 12 next to Dura Supreme, and when he found out the Minnesota Department of Trans-portation was going to put an access right in front of it, he purchased the lot.

The Howard Lake Auto Center is actually owned by a parent company, A. L. Jordan, Inc. The company also owns Mr. Rooter here in Howard Lake and part of another Mr. Rooter in the Twin Cities.

Since the plumbing company does so much septic system work, Jordan said it purchased an excavating company for the heavy equipment, rather than sub-contracting the work out.

The new establishment will host a Fast Lube for oil changes, a detail shop for hand-cleaning vehicles, equipment storage for Mr. Rooter, and two areas that Jordan hopes will eventually house a muffler shop and office spaces.

Tammy Higgins of Howard Lake will be the manager of Fast Lube and the detail shop.

Two or three more full-time people will be needed, as well as part-time help, said Jordan.

Depending on the weather, Jordan hopes to move into the facility in December or January. A grand opening will be planned for sometime after that, he said.

Jordan said he is looking forward to joining the Howard Lake Business Association and becoming involved in the community.

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