Mechanic maximizes diesel power for those with the need for speed
Q & A with John Hughes, co-owner of H & H Diesel Performance at 790 S. Henrickson Road, Dewey-Humboldt. The shop is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For information, call 632-5317 or visit www.hughespower.com.
Q: How did you get into this business?
A: "I have been around diesels my whole life. My dad was a master mechanic, and I would help him on tractors and trucks. I then started tuning on diesels for more horsepower and speed. The business went wild, and we gained more and more customers. With the rapid growth of business, I hired my brother full-time, along with additional mechanics and service trucks. We moved to a bigger location about two years ago."
Q: What service do you provide in the community?
A: "We provide a shop that offers complete diesel services from bumper to bumper. We offer it all from start to finish - maintenance service, engine rebuilds, plus tuning to gain more mileage and higher horsepower/torque."
Q: What's the key to business longevity?
A: "Customer service is the key. Honesty and knowledge of their vehicle needs."
Q: What's the best business advice
you've given and received?
A: "The best advice that I can give someone about business is to always have quality customer service, a clean shop and educated employees. The best advice I was given was love what you do and give 110 percent."
Q: How are you handling the economy?
A: "Like all businesses, we have been affected, but we continue to be ex-
tremely busy with a constantly full parking lot."
Q: How many hours a week do you work?
A: "To maintain business like this, I work 60 to 70 hours a week."
Q: What's something unique about your business?
A: "We are at the forefront of the diesel industry with the latest information. We provide programmers and equipment to fill the needs of all our customers."
Q: If you could take a week away, what would you do?
A: "I would love to go to the lake with my wife and friends and do some racing. Let it rip."