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Ransomville Business of the Year

by jpauly
Tue, Mar 6th 2018 03:00 pm


Ransomville Business of the Year
Ed's Garage

The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Ed's Garage as the recipient of the Ransomville Business of the Year Award. The Ransomville Business and Professional Association assist the chamber in providing a business nomination that has showed dedication and service to the Ransomville community.   Ed's Garage is now a third generation business that has a history of providing quality service and lasting legacy to the region.

Ed's Garage, owned by Jipp Ortiz is a place rich with history located at 2662 Youngstown Lockport Road in Ransomville. The business started in 1946 as Pedro Motors by Pedro Ortiz, Jipp's grandfather in a field known as the strawberry patch on Youngstown Lockport Road.  Petro's specialty was selling cars, both new and old. You could guarantee that if you purchased a car from Pedro, a prayer with the new car owner for blessings and safe travels was going to come along with the purchase!  Pedro often held church services in the middle of the day, right in the middle of the shop. He helped support and start six churches in Puerto Rico.  Jipp's father Ed took over the garage as an auto dealer and focused on repairs as well changing the name to Ed's Garage. Ransomville Speedway was opened by Ed and a group of friends on the land behind the garage before moving it to the current location in 1958. Ed is now retired from the business but you can still find him at 86 years old occasionally at the garage.

Jipp took ownership around 25 years ago after moving back to Ransomville from Utah with his wife Rhonda. Cars were always a part of his life, having painted his first car by himself when he was 12 years old. Moving back the area, he knew he wanted a small town community for his daughters Camille and Caitlin to grow up in a place where they could ride their bicycles down the street, know their neighbors and be around family.  Jipp had sold tires in Utah and carried over his experience and knowledge into Ed's Garage along with painting.  The business has evolved over the years and now focuses on collision and paint, tire sales and Krown Rust protection. Jipp has one additional full time employee and hopes to hire another in the spring.

Providing fair pricing and quality work has created a constant flow of customers to Ed's Garage.  Trust is built with his customers and that is something that is very important to Jipp. Word of mouth is one of the best ways people find him.  His customers appreciate local business and like to know the person they are doing business with.  In return Jipp gives his time and donated to local organizations that help make the community a better place to live.  He supports the Ransomville Fire Company and volunteers on the Town of Porter Planning Board. Both Jipp and his wife are active at their church and love spending time with their grandson Logan Wade. You can also find him every Friday night at Ransomville Speedway, where he has raced in several divisions and supports the track as a sponsor.  Jipp and his family history through Ed's Garage have created a legacy of care for cars and the community. 

The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce along with the Ransomville Business and Professional Association proudly congratulate Ed's Garage as the 2018 Ransomville Business of the Year.

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