By Don Norman
As difficult as it was for us to see a long-time local business close its doors, there is reason to be upbeat now. Lac du Bonnet’s Brookfield Autobody has purchased the building previously owned by Pat and Carrie Peloquin, that housed Powerfalls Autobody.
Two years ago, the Advocate reported that Powerfalls Autobody was no longer going to be doing MPI collision claims. At that point, the Peloquins had hoped to carry on the business doing custom paint jobs and MPI glass repairs, but in the end, they couldn’t make it work. On Dec 28 2018 Power falls Autobody closed its doors and the building was put up for sale.
On April 1, 2019, Brookfield Autobody took over ownership of the building. Their plan is to open in the first week of May. At first they will be doing auto glass and custom paint jobs, much like the Peloquins were doing. But their plan is to eventually run it as a fully accredited MPI shop.
The shop will become the Powerview-Pine Falls location for Brookfield Autobody. They didn’t buy the business, just the building, so the signage will also change to reflect the name change. This should also mean there are a few less hoops to go through because it’s the expansion of an existing accredited business. However, Office Manager, Stacie Poirier said that while they don’t anticipate any problems, they are still going through the process and wanted to make sure we didn’t announce the accreditation before it was granted.
Brookfield Autobody is a family owned business operating out of Lac du Bonnet. Bob Solmnes started the business in 1987 at his home in the RM of Lac du Bonnet. His sons Trevor and Cory soon joined him in the business. They moved operations to their current shop in the Town of Lac du Bonnet five years ago. Cory is heading up the expansion into the Powerview-Pine Falls location.
Currently they are doing some renovations and upgrades to the building and working on getting the building up to code for their accreditation. They have rehired some former staff to work at the shop.
“We’ve got some good guys going there,” said Poirer. “They are excited.”