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Oxford Automotive worker seeks to start new business

Thursday, February 24, 2005

During Tuesday's City council meeting, Brazil Mayor Tom Arthur and Council members agreed to offer their written support in the endeavor of a local man interested in starting a lawnmower repair business.

Gerald Stantz explained to the Council that as an employee of Oxford Automotive at Greencastle, he will soon be out of work, and is taking advantage of the opportunity by researching the business possibility. The business would be in the city's two-mile fringe but would use city water and services offered by Brazil businesses. He is seeking a small business grant from the federal government to finance the undertaking, but letters of support are necessary.

Turning a hobby into a viable business is Stantz's goal, and he said he believes Brazil could use another repair business. He clarified he is requesting written, not financial, support. To sell lawnmowers, he said he would likely have to go to school to get a dealership license. "I don't see what I've got to lose. I'm losing my job anyway," he said. "Hopefully it's a success."

Planning Administrator Michele Driscoll said that to the best of her knowledge, the property Stantz is considering as a potential site for the business is already zoned for commercial use.

Both the Mayor and the Council as a body will write letters of support for Stantz.

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