Mahnke Auto Body Frederick
2006 was a good year, the real estate market was booming and the future looked bright. During the year, Gary Mahnke received a call from a friend suggesting he look into purchasing a strategic acreage in Raspberry Hill Business Park in Frederick. Gary and his family chose to make the investment. The critical piece was finding the right leader who would supervise the design and construction of the facility, and stay to build the new business in Frederick, while simultaneously operating the shop.
Gary’s son, Sam Mahnke, stepped up to the challenge. At that time, Sam was General Manager of the Arvada shop and he had a trusted, well trained Assistant Manager in place, ready to assume the GM’s position. Construction of the Frederick shop began in 2007. Sam’s work with the architect and General Contractor has created a strikingly attractive and superbly functional work space. Wisdom from two generations plus the expertise of collision repair and paint technicians, along with advice from key vendors helped Frederick to open at the peak of collision repair technology.
Changing gears from construction to marketing and shop management, Sam’s strategy was to constantly promote Mahnke Frederick to local dealerships and insurance companies, then consistently providing quality repairs and customized care. His primary goal is to make everyone feel that they are Mahnke’s sole customer. The extra lengths the shop personnel invest in their customer’s experience have built strong and lasting relationships.
Today, Mahnke Auto Body Frederick is managed by Ben Mahnke. Ben is Gary Mahnke’s nephew and was Sam’s protégée throughout the construction and business building stages.
Mahnke Auto Body is very grateful to the personnel at The Town of Frederick for their help and support during the months of construction. It was an honor to have Mayor Eric E. Doering cut the ribbon at Mahnke Frederick’s Grand Opening with the Mahnke family in 2009. Mahnke is also thankful to the Carbon Valley Chamber for their warm welcome into the Tri-Town communities, and for the ongoing support from the Longmont and North Metro Chambers.
Each Mahnke at every Mahnke Auto Body shop has earned their position from the ground up. In the case of Ben Mahnke, this statement is literal. Ben Mahnke was fifteen when he grabbed a shovel and began digging irrigation ditches on the Western Slope for his family’s contracting business. Over the next five years, he balanced his time between High School and working his way up through the ranks in construction. While in High School, Ben won several awards, including a Regional award in DECA. He still values the DECA experience and the skills he acquired.
In 2008, Ben moved east help his cousin, Sam Mahnke, with the construction of Mahnke Auto Body Frederick. Once the shop opened, Ben was hired for a non-skilled position, but his competitive drive willed him to learn every stage, function, and aspect of the auto body industry. The excellent crew at Frederick appreciated Ben’s drive and determination. They lent their support through coaching, and training, but stepped aside to allow him to learn on his own.
In five years, Ben moved from apprentice body technician, to Parts Manager, and then Production Manager. In 2014, Ben Mahnke was promoted to General Manager of Mahnke Auto Body Frederick. The shop has continued to grow and prosper under his management and the ongoing dedication of his highly trained crew. Ben says it’s a win for him when customers walk in the door with so much confidence in Mahnke’s quality repairs that they’d rather spend more time swapping hunting stories than discussing collision repairs. Behind the scenes, Ben is focused on continually improving Mahnke’s customer service and keeping the shop in the lead of ever advancing automotive technology.