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We Built the Building, But the Building Built Us – Tara and Dan Topel [AW 127]
Episode 12715th October 2022 • Remarkable Results Radio Podcast • Carm Capriotto, AAP
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Guest Host and Shop Tour with Tara and Dan Topel, Topel's Service Center, Lake Mills, WI. Tara and Dan had a dream 15 years ago to completely rebuild their 2nd generation family shop.

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Tara and Dan Topel, Topel’s Service Center Inc. Tara’s previous episodes HERE.

Key Talking Points 

  • 2nd generation
  • The building was built in 1948- needed new infrastructure. The conception was 15 years ago
  • Did all the planning through Zoom due to COVID, their builder was a first-time builder
  • Soon to be parts store next door that will be rented- 3,200 square ft
  • Took a full year to secure financing during COVID
  • Temporary location for 2 years
  • Created a shop facilitator position to relieve the service advisors
  • 10 bays
  • In floor heat- heated with waste oil boiler with 4,000 oil tank outside

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