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Rand opens Penquis Collision on Elm Street in Milo

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 164, No. 51, December 18, 2002

By Jessica Lee
Staff Writer

MILO Chris Rand would prefer that the world drive around in a nice and shiny vehicle.

But, as humanity is flawed, accidents happen, and those nice, shiny cars and trucks are doomed to be dented and rusted and worse.

Rand, of LaGrange, has opened Penquis Collision, an autobody shop on Elm Street in Milo.

He owned his own auto-body business in Old Town for a dozen years before relocating to the Penquis region, where he worked in autobody shops across the county.

He said he prefers being on his own, because he can operate under his own business philosophy: Providing good, honest customer service at a decent price, which allows him to take care of his family's basic needs.

He said he has lived all over the country, but prefers the quiet and safe community of eastern Piscataquis County.

"I don't care all that much about getting rich," Rand said.

His goal is modest - to make an honest living.

Rand is the only employee in his shop, which has been open three months. The business, located across the street from Reuben's, offers light duty truck and car body repair, including framework and painting.

"I'm taking in enough work to keep me busy," he said.

He said he does take insurance work, as well, and prides himself on working in cooperation with adjusters to deliver the best final product for his customers.

"It's my name, and I like to be able to sleep at night," said Rand.

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