President Casey Richmond, left, and Operations Manager
Kelly Chapin pose for a photo in front of a replica 1965
Ford Cobra on Thursday afternoon at Brew City Boost in
Richfield. The auto shop specializing in Ford vehicles
opened Sept. 1. An open house is scheduled for Oct. 20.
John Ehlke/Daily News
RICHFIELD — The start of a recently opened business in
the village came about after two co-workers realized
while working as engineers they had a mutual interest in
working on automobiles.
Their long-time dream of operating their own shop became
reality when the former owner of C & M Auto in the
village retired and sold the business and equipment to
the duo — Kelly Chapman and Casey Richmond. Their retail
auto shop specializes in performance upgrades,
after-market modifications and tuning to help increase
speed and overall car performance.
start of the business took place after the two were
working together at GE and Casey was doing some tuning
work on the side. That’s when they teamed up.
“We’ve been operating our business out of our homes very
successfully for two years and we plan on doing the same
work at the old location of C & M and will basically do
the same thing they were doing there before,” Chapman
said. Chapman said Brew City Boost started six years ago
“as sort of a fun side project doing Saab tuning.”
ran the internet-based business out of our homes and had
steady growth each year,” Richmond said.
Three years ago, Kelly and Richmond started heavily
investing in Ford tuning parts, which really catapulted
the business. Then about two years ago, they left their
engineering jobs to allow themselves to focus 100
percent on Brew City Boost.
still have our online business too,” Chapman said.
“That’s how we started with an E-commerce website and
our local business.
President Casey Richmond,
right, helps guide Operations Manager Kelly Chapin onto
a lift Thursday afternoon at Brew City Boost in
John Ehlke/Daily News
“We’ve been looking for the right shop to move into for
over a year. About six months a mutual customer (Jerry)
of C & M Automotive and BCB suggested that we look at a
possible merger,” Chapman said. “So we approached Marv
Zuidema of C & M and started having some conversations
about our growth goals.”
Chapman and Richmond said it took a few months to get
all of the ducks in a row and finally opened the shop
under the name of Brew City Boost on Sept. 1. While this
was not a merger, Chapman and Richmond said it really
couldn’t have worked out better.
“Marv was looking for a change to focus on what he likes
doing best, building high performance cars, and focus
less on managing the business side of things,” Chapman
said. “We were looking for a shop with the equipment
that we needed to grow our business of building, tuning,
and repairing high performance vehicles.”
business is setup to:
Build custom high performance vehicles (street, track
Restore classic cars
Conduct custom dyno tuning
Serve as a storefront for after-market parts.
Produce dyno results
“The change has been a ton of fun;
it’s so exciting to see all the cool cars come through
the shop,” Chapman said. “This is what we live for.”
noon Oct. 20, Brew City Boost will host a grand opening
party. As part of the celebration, they will host one of
the last local car meets of the season. The public is
invited to attend.