Ex-Boy­er­town Auto Body Works em­ploy­ees sought

The Southern Berks News - - LOCAL NEWS - By Donna Rovins drovins@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @Mer­cBiz on Twit­ter

The call has gone out to for­mer em­ploy­ees of the Boy­er­town Auto Body Works, which op­er­ated in Boy­er­town from 1926 un­til 1990. The Boy­er­town Mu­seum of His­toric Ve­hi­cles wants to honor those em­ploy­ees with a re­union to be held at the mu­seum.

“We wouldn’t be here if not for those peo­ple,” said mu­seum Cu­ra­tor Ken­dra Cook. “We want them to come in and en­joy the build­ing and the col­lec­tion. They are part of it — their his­tory is so in­ter­twined with what we have here.”

Cook said the mu­seum is cur­rently gath­er­ing names and con­tact in­for­ma­tion of for­mer em­ploy­ees, so that in­vi­ta­tions can be sent once fi­nal plans for the re­union are made.

Cook said a firm date has not yet been de­cided, but the re­union will likely be held in the spring of 2018 at the mu­seum at 85 S. Wal­nut St. in Boy­er­town.

“We have done a lot of work on the mu­seum and we thought it would be a great time to have this event,” she said.

The Boy­er­town Mu­seum of His­toric Ve­hi­cles is housed in the for­mer Boy­er­town Auto Body Works fac­tory build­ing, where truck bod­ies were man­u­fac­tured for nearly 70 years.

Cook said the mu­seum hosted a re­union in 2010 and had an es­ti­mated 100 for­mer em­ploy­ees turn out.

“When it was over, we heard from other peo­ple who said they hadn’t heard about it. So right now, we’re up­dat­ing the list — and hope­fully will find some of the peo­ple that slipped by us last time,” Cook said.

For­mer Boy­er­town Auto Body Works em­ploy­ees can reach out to the mu­seum by call­ing 610-3672090, email­ing mail@boy­er­town­mu­seum.org, or they can stop in to the mu­seum,

“We wouldn’t be here if not for those peo­ple. We want them to come in and en­joy the build­ing and the col­lec­tion. They are part of it — their his­tory is so in­ter­twined with what we have here.”

ac­cord­ing to Cook.

“We have a sign-up sheet in the lobby. Any way they want to get in touch with us, they can,” she added.

The Boy­er­town Mu­seum of His­toric Ve­hi­cles was es­tab­lished in 1965 by Paul and Er­minie Hafer, ac­cord­ing to the mu­seum’s web­site. Paul Hafer had a 57-year ca­reer de­sign­ing and build­ing truck bod­ies at the Boy­er­town Auto Body Works, which was co­founded by his father B. Frank Hafer.

On dis­play in the Boy­er­town Mu­seum of His­toric Ve­hi­cles is a selec­tion of trucks built by the Body Works rang­ing in years from 1932 to 1976. Also on dis­play are sev­eral pho­to­graphs and signs from the Body Works, as well as other as­sorted mem­o­ra­bilia from the fac­tory’s hey­day.

DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

The mu­seum pre­serves the trans­porta­tion his­tory of Penn­syl­va­nia and dis­plays more than 80 lo­cally man­u­fac­tured cars, trucks, car­riages, mo­tor­cy­cles, sleighs and other types of ve­hi­cles. Also on dis­play are two ex­am­ples of road­side ar­chi­tec­ture: a 1921 cot­tage style Sunoco gas sta­tion and a 1938 Jerry O’Ma­hony diner. For more in­for­ma­tion call 610-3672090 or visit www.boy­er­town­mu­seum.org.

Email busi­ness story ideas to busi­ness writer drovins@21stcen­tu­ry­media.com

The Boy­er­town Mu­seum of His­toric Ve­hi­cles is look­ing for con­tact in­for­ma­tion for for­mer em­ploy­ees of the Boy­er­town Auto Body Works.

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