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Crystal Lake collision center bought by new owner

Chuck Gamalski bought the 73-year-old Herrick Auto Rebuilders following the retirement of longtime owners Skip Herrick and Gary Riegler, according to a news release.

Herrick and Riegler have run the business, located at 634 W. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake, since 1987, when founder Walt Herrick retired. Walt Herrick, a former Crystal Lake City Council member who had a trail at Lippold Park named for him, started the business in 1948.

Gamalski has been working with the Herrick team for many months and plans to continue the level of customer service and auto body repair with the same office and shop staff, according to the release.

“My whole life has been auto body work,” Gamalski said in the release. “I really care about the customer and their satisfaction. That’s why Herrick’s was a great fit for me. The Herrick team has built a legacy of excellence in repair, customer service and community relationships. Together, we will continue that reputation.”

Shaw Media’s Best of the Fox recognized Herrick Auto Rebuilders for 17 consecutive years.

The company has participated in the community by supporting the Crystal Lake Park District, The Dole, Downtown Crystal Lake, Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Crystal Lake Dawnbreakers and the Crystal Lake Historical Society, according to the release.

Gamalski was raised in Palatine and started his career in auto body repair on the high school work program there. He most recently worked in Florida, managing a large body shop. He and his wife, Julie, now live in Lake in the Hills.

Herrick’s offers a lifetime guarantee on all repairs and offer 24-hour towing for seven days a week.

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Source: The Daily Chronicle

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