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Faulkner 100: Halter’s Body Shop nears a half century of service

Posted: July 16, 2014 - 8:36am
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For nearly 50 years, Halter’s Body Shop Inc. has been providing quality automotive collision repair to Faulkner County. Built on integrity and a strong reputation, Halter’s strives to provide excellent service to all its customers.

Established in 1965 by Ferdinand W. Halter, the company continues to be family owned and operated. Ferdinand’s son, David, is now general manager of the business. Two of Ferdinand’s daughters — Rita Thomas and Angela Johnson — join a team of 13 employees who assist customers through the various steps of collision repair.

“Satisfying our customers is the most important goal we have,” said David Halter. “Dad believed a strong reputation would speak for itself. If you are good at what you do, you won’t have to tell anyone because everyone else will do the talking for you.”

Ferdinand Halter’s business was built on the philosophy that “cheap work is not good and good work is not cheap.”

“We want our customers’ vehicles properly repaired, and for customers to be completely satisfied.” David said. “And we don’t stop there. We warranty the work we do. We want our customers to let us know if they have questions or concerns. We stand behind our work because it’s just the right thing to do.”

David also credits the employees with the body shop’s success. Technicians are fully trained and continually hone their skills through ongoing training. “I believe we have some of the best technicians in the business. Their combined experience and longevity with the company certainly makes all the difference. Daniel Jackson, our assistant manager, has been with us since he was 16. He grew up in this business just like I did and is skilled in all areas of repair. It helps to have someone in his position that is just as committed to our values and sense of excellence,” stated David.

Halter’s Body Shop handles all kinds of collision repair claims and can work with all insurance companies. Halter’s has the most up-to-date equipment, uses eco-friendly paint products, and has factory paint booths that allow high temperature paint curing. Paint is computer matched and mixed. Halter’s also uses computer frame measuring systems and a 360-degree access frame straightening machine. Halter’s repairs both domestic and foreign vehicles, and is happy to assist with insurance claims.

Halter’s Body Shop was started in a two-car stall located in Bill & Gene’s Auto Clinic in 1965, which was located across the street from what is now Regions Bank in downtown Conway. The lot is now a parking area with a mural located west of the bank. Mr. Halter moved his business to the present location at 702 Museum Road in October 1968.

If you need auto body repair services, the folks at Halter’s Body Shop Inc. would appreciate the opportunity to earn your business. Business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch) Monday through Friday. 

For more information, give them a call at 501-329-2741 or visit www.haltersbodyshop.com. You can also find Halter’s Body Shop on Facebook.

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lachowsj 07/16/14 - 08:54 am
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First car

Bought my first car, a 1951 Plymouth, from Ferdinand Halter in 1968. Purchase price was $85. Wish I had it now.

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