ELLSWORTH — On a recent Tuesday morning, the 4 Boles siblings accrued in an upstairs convention room at their Coastal Auto Parts NAPA shop on the Downeast Highway.
The topic becomes the information that they had gained the 2019 Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce Top Drawer Award.
The award is given each year to “a tremendous individual, corporation or corporation that has made a sizable contribution to the increase and improvement and development to our city, county and country,” consistent with a press release from Chamber Executive Director Gretchen Wilson.
Coastal Auto Parts NAPA has grown from one keep on High Street acquired with the aid of Fay Boles in 1981 to more than 25 locations and 270 employees, with boom displaying no signal of slowing.
The commercial enterprise has deep ties to Ellsworth. Fay, who commenced the commercial enterprise along with his stepfather, Buster Harding, graduated from Ellsworth High School. So did his wife, Patricia Morrison Boles, and all four in their youngsters.
Family companies are increasingly uncommon, stated Michael Boles, which makes this one uncommon. All of the siblings—Michael, Matt, Christopher and Marcia (who now’s Marcia Boles Jude) — once entertained other career paths.
“After excessive college, I became going to be a tax lawyer,” said Michael. But all, in the end, lower back to their place of birth and their own family enterprise.
So how is it, working as an own family? “It’s got its pros and cons. Job protection is pretty accurate,” said Michael, smiling.
Do they ever disagree? “Oh, continuously,” Michael laughed. But, he delivered, “We continually have each others’ backs.”
Both parents are nevertheless concerned within the business, although they take a two-month excursion in Florida every 12 months for the start of the baseball training season, constantly returning with memorabilia and signed pictures, which adorn the partitions of the workplace.
“Our roles have the type of evolved to what’s wanted at the time,” said Matt. “We’re increasing all the time.”
“NAPA owns the supply chain, and we purchase from them,” said Matt. But the corporation isn’t like traditional franchises in that character shops can buy from outside the NAPA supply chain if they see a product they like.
“We have flexibility, a few manage over our pricing,” Michael brought. “I don’t realize of very many industries that paintings that manner.”
Today Coastal Auto Parts has stores as some distance east as Machias, as far north as Caribou and as ways south as Auburn. They are on the right track to accumulate another save in April, having delivered four under the Coastal Auto Parts umbrella in 2018.
“We’ve grown so fast,” stated Michael. “I assume we’re each different save owners’ retirement plan.”
But they did not do it by myself. “Several people have helped form the corporation to what it’s far nowadays,” in keeping with the press launch from the Chamber.
The listing consists of Charlie Harding, Fay’s brother and longtime salesman for the organization; the Jellison Family: Lynn, Edward, Scott and Bo, along with Rick Trombley, who has worked for Coastal Auto Parts for the reason that 1981, and has done the entirety from counter income, manage a shop, and his modern-day role as head of purchasing. Ken Welch, a longtime, well-known supervisor for NAPA, has served as a mentor and superb partner to Coastal Auto Parts.
“Burt McNally,” the discharge continued, “has been instrumental in Coastal’s current increase.”
The company has been heavily concerned with children sports and different area sports.
Fay turned into instrumental inside the beginnings of the Ellsworth Football League, wherein he serves as president. Michael volunteers education teenagers in sports activities. Marcia has served at the Ellsworth School Board and is a guide for the Rainbow Girls nearby assembly.
Coastal Auto Parts has additionally been worried within the Autumn Gold Car Show for decades, which includes the title sponsor the past several years. Matthew Boles additionally served on the Chamber Board of Directors.
Coastal could be offered with the award, a domestically crafted, custom-designed chest, at the Chamber’s annual awards dinner on May 16, at a vicinity to be announced.