Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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June 7, 2014

Business homecoming for father, son

EFFINGHAM — Ground was broken this week on a new facility for a business started by a father and son.

“This is something that I’ve wanted to do for a while,” said Jake Buhnerkempe, co-owner of J&R Collision Center, a new 11,500-square-foot automotive center on South Banker Street in Effingham.

Buhnerkempe grew up in his father Roger’s shop in Effingham for years and after a move to St. Louis, he started a new shop while working as a firefighter. Construction is expected to begin soon with plans to open the shop in October. Buhnerkempe said the return to Effingham is somewhat of a homecoming. Starting a business and ending his firefighting career, he added, is a move toward helping the family.

“I’m gonna hang up the fire department helmet and set up shop here,” he said.

Although firefighting is something he’s always wanted to do, he added, “Now, with a family, I want to kind of do something else.”

Buhnerkempe said working with his father will give them a combination of his modern knowledge of cars, as well as Rodger’s years of experience.

“Together it’s going to be a great thing,” he said.

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