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Mechanic maximizes diesel power for those with the need for speed

Brett Soldwedel/The Daily Courier<br>John Hughes, owner of H & H Diesel Performance in Dewey, said he likes to get his hands dirty when he works on engines.

Brett Soldwedel/The Daily Courier<br>John Hughes, owner of H & H Diesel Performance in Dewey, said he likes to get his hands dirty when he works on engines.

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."

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