Mahnke Auto Body Frederick
2006 was a good year, the real estate market was booming and the future looked bright. During the year, Gary Mahnke received a call from a friend suggesting he look into purchasing a strategic acreage in Raspberry Hill Business Park in Frederick. Gary and his family chose to make the investment. The critical piece was finding the right leader who would supervise the design and construction of the facility, and stay to build the new business in Frederick, while simultaneously operating the shop.
Gary’s son, Sam Mahnke, stepped up to the challenge. At that time, Sam was General Manager of the Arvada shop and he had a trusted, well trained Assistant Manager in place, ready to assume the GM’s position. Construction of the Frederick shop began in 2007. Sam’s work with the architect and General Contractor has created a strikingly attractive and superbly functional work space. Wisdom from two generations plus the expertise of collision repair and paint technicians, along with advice from key vendors helped Frederick to open at the peak of collision repair technology.
Changing gears from construction to marketing and shop management, Sam’s strategy was to constantly promote Mahnke Frederick to local dealerships and insurance companies, then consistently providing quality repairs and customized care. His primary goal is to make everyone feel that they are Mahnke’s sole customer. The extra lengths the shop personnel invest in their customer’s experience have built strong and lasting relationships.
Today, Mahnke Auto Body Frederick is managed by Ben Mahnke. Ben is Gary Mahnke’s nephew and was Sam’s protégée throughout the construction and business building stages.
Mahnke Auto Body is very grateful to the personnel at The Town of Frederick for their help and support during the months of construction. It was an honor to have Mayor Eric E. Doering cut the ribbon at Mahnke Frederick’s Grand Opening with the Mahnke family in 2009. Mahnke is also thankful to the Carbon Valley Chamber for their warm welcome into the Tri-Town communities, and for the ongoing support from the Longmont and North Metro Chambers.
General Manager Steve Scheideler came to Mahnke in 2017 with deep, wide, and diversified auto body management experience. Throughout his career as a General Manager, Steve has contributed greatly in the building of highly successful auto body shops, both independently owned and national franchises, throughout the Denver Metro area.
Steve grew up in the automotive industry and received a valuable education through Longmont High School’s Career Development, which included hands-on experience in rebuilding and overhauling engines, brake systems, and transmissions. After graduation he worked on everything from semi-trucks to domestic and foreign vehicles. His early years in detailing, auto body paint, and collision repair gave him a solid grasp of the dynamics of driving work through the repair process, staying on top of scheduling and quality control.
Adept at adapting to new circumstances, technology, organizational and operating systems, Steve is committed to making certain that the collision repairs and auto body paint Mahnke provides is always done correctly, using the most current manufacturers’ specifications. He commits himself to listening attentively to customers and employees. Steve’s personal “win” is building excellent teams, trusting them to perform their jobs with skill and integrity. To do so, he provides each employee with a wide range of challenging opportunities, strengthening their skills in problem solving, cross training and I-CAR classes. I-CAR is the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing the information, knowledge and skills required to perform complete, safe and quality repairs.