Uftring promises bright future after fire

WASHINGTON, Il. - The owner of Uftring Chevrolet in Washington is making heartfelt promises to employees after a massive Friday blaze.

“We will rebuild Uftring Chevrolet, Washington is our home,” said Gary Uftring.

Since 1986, Uftring Chevrolet has called Washington its home. Now, just a few days after the fire, Uftring says the company will re-build, and his main concern is taking care of his employees.

“We don't want to lose a single team member, they're all going to get paid whether it takes a year or a year and a half,” Uftring said.

Monday, Uftring asked his co-workers to stay with the company during these difficult times, providing them with a positive outlook after losing everything.

Uftring added, “Technicians have 50 to 70 thousand dollars in tools and tool boxes, that's how they make their living, I want to give them the same tools they had or a better one,”

John Haase has worked in the parts department for the past 28 years. He says he's thankful for the support from his boss, and would never consider working for anyone else.

“Every Chevrolet dealer in the company can order the same car we can, the difference is us, and the service we provide to our customers,” Haase said. He adds, “Uftring has assembled a great group of people, trained us by example and we don't want that to get away from us.”

Washington mayor Gary Manier says the Uftring family has been a cornerstone of the community for decades most notably citing their support after the 2013 tornado.

“They went to work taking care of people, making sure they had vehicles of transportation, fixing flat tires, and doing everything they could,” Manier said. He adds, “They went to work and tried to help putting our community back together, and now it’s our turn, and we're going to do everything we can.”

Mayor Manier and Uftring say the company is working out final details on moving the company to a temporary location.

 


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