Auto mechanics merge businesses

Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2001

Two area businesses recently merged with an eye on giving Kenai Peninsula customers the best service possible.

Jerry Wortham, owner of Alyeska Sales and Service and Bill Parrish, owner of Bill's Automotive, combined their tire and automotive businesses officially Jan. 1.

"We figured if the big boys could do it, we could," Wortham said.

Wortham has owned Alyeska Sales and Service since 1978, after the existing Chrysler store he worked at shut down. He purchased the store and has served area residents since. He also owns Alyeska Sales and Service in Soldotna.

Parrish originally worked for Wortham from 1983 until 1987, when he left Alyeska to open his own store, Bill's Automotive.

Between the two men, there is more than 40 years of experience packed into the merger. They both worked together, even in separate stores, by referring customers to each other.

The merger occurred to provide customers with one-stop car care, from tires to the mechanical aspects. Parrish will manage the mechanical department of both the Kenai and Soldotna stores.

"We wanted to be the best," Wortham said.

Alyeska Sales and Service offers a full line of services.

"Just name it and we will do it," Wortham said.

Diagnostics will probably prosper in the stores with the extensive experience Parrish has. Wortham said he has shied away from the procedure because of his lack of experience.

Parrish also was named the ASE technician of the year for Alaska, as well as teaching advanced automotive technology at an area trade school.

"Basically we just moved everything under two roofs," Wortham said.

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