HAMLET — Jeff Hoopaugh said his company, Refined Restorations and Collision, LLC, had modest beginnings.
They started in a two car garage in Sanford that Hoopaugh would commute to from Rockingham. In 2011, Hoopaugh and his wife, Holly, rented a small building off Battley Dairy Road in Hamlet that he said was in a “forest-like” area — and they didn’t have a sign for five years.
“If you wanted to find us, you had to look really hard,” Hoopaugh recalled.
Now, Hoopaugh and his wife have expanded with a new location at 101 Raleigh Street in Hamlet. They will now operate in a 15,000-square-foot facility, a major upgrade in comparison to their 2,500-square-foot building off Battley Dairy Road.
“We’ve been so limited where we were,” Hoodpaugh said, adding that this space forced them to build up a two-year wait list for specialty orders. “Now that we have a bigger space we can get systems in place and be efficient.”
Hoopaugh envisions his facility working like a “well-oiled machine” once he gets the right team together. He said the 15,000-square-foot building will be split three ways: 5,000 for the paint department, 5,000 for the restoration department and 5,000 for the collision department.
Holly said what makes them unique is that they found their “niche.” She said they don’t shy away from any kind of work whether it be collisions, customizations or restorations — they handle it all.
Hoopaugh said he’s done everything from painting a refrigerator to restoring a quarter-of-a-million-dollar car. He’s currently working on a 1966 Chavelle Supersport, a Mustang shipped from Maryland that’s being rebuilt from scratch and a 1956 Austin Healey.
Jeff said they’ve received cars from across the state and both Jeff and Holly said they have aspirations of their company reaching the national level.
“I share his vision that we want to grow with restoration and customization,” said Holly. “We invest in people and we want to create a good work environment.”
“I feel like we have good momentum and clientelle,” added Jeff. “We have a large following because people believe in us.”
There is no date set for when they will have an official ribbon cutting, but Jeff and Holly hope to be able to schedule one in the next week or so.
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