Chatham-Kent and the surrounding area since 1985
ATW Automotive Services, in its first form, was opened as Ray & Ralph’s Garage in 1983, with two of the current owners as the founders of the auto repair shop. Ray Wolting and Ralph Aukema started their business out of a small, two-bay shop on Queen Street. The company quickly began earning new customers and clients, and it wasn't long before the guys needed to hire additional staff to help with the workload.
In May of 1985, John Timmermans joined the team as the other partner with Ray and Ralph, to add a heavy-duty truck service division. Taking their initials as inspiration, the three partners then renamed the business to ATW Automotive Services. The company moved into a larger location (Park Ave shop) to accommodate the thriving automotive department, and soon after, built an addition on the front of the building to house the new truck department.
Several years later, the partners expanded the business into the Alternative Fuels industry and began installing natural gas and propane conversion systems and refuelling appliances for vehicles. ATW went on to open a fast-fill natural gas refuelling station on-site at the Park Ave location. These conversion systems add the capability of running on two different fuel sources (bi-fuel) and being able to switch from gasoline to an alternative fuel such as natural gas or propane on the fly.
During that time, the business needed extra storage space to house inventory for the Alternative Fuels division. The owners purchased the second piece of property at 50 Irwin Street and built a new 8000 square foot storage building. It wasn't long before the truck department began to outgrow the space at Park Ave and went on to move into the facility at Irwin Street. ATW operated out of two locations in this way for many years and earned many loyal clients through dedication to professional quality and customer service.
Anticipating that there would be more changes coming to the business, the owners decided to move the automotive shop from Park Ave over to Irwin Street with the truck shop. Now, all of ATW's services are back at one location as the owners approach their retirement.
In September of 2018, the owners made an announcement of administrative changes, as brother and sister-in-law, Corey Wolting and Ashley Wolting were named as the new managers of the business.
Since then, the company has quickly transformed into a modernized shop with new computer software and other technology to increase productivity and enhance the overall customer experience.
Most recently, ATW redesigned the front office to accommodate the service advisors working together in the same office space, while creating a more comfortable atmosphere for customers. If you're dropping your vehicle off and need a ride someplace in town, our staff will be happy to shuttle you there. Or if you're waiting, you can enjoy our friendly customer service, free wi-fi, and a cup of coffee or tea.