THE SHOP

November '20

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26 THE SHOP NOVEMBER 2020 that shops wanted him to wait two years to start a build, and then wait another year for completion. That approach "made it hard to give away my money" to wait for a build, he says, so, utilizing his past manufacturing skills, he set out to find a better way. At the same time, he also chronicled a coast-to-coast Bronco road trip with one of his daughters on Facebook that attracted more than 33,000 followers. This solidified his feelings that there was a valid market for restored Broncos, and Gateway Bronco was formed. The business began with six to eight core employees in a 30,000-square-foot shop. Burgett designed the facility to mimic an actual automobile production line—starting with the chassis, the build moves down the line, with specific workers assigned solely to specific work activities.. He stressed that the employees own the spot and can design and outfit the work- space to suit their needs. Then the Broncos started rolling. MEETING DEMAND Gateway Bronco offers high-end, original- paint Ford Bronco restorations in three basic builds that range from $150,000 to $300,000 or more. At this January's Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, a Gateway Bronco built for the Ryan Blaney Family Founda- tion to benefit the Alzheimer's Foundation sold for $650,000, setting a world record. The Hamel, Illinois shop produces two restored Broncos each month, with buyers typically waiting nine to 12 months for their builds. The shop now covers 60,000 square feet and there are 23 full-time employees. He says The Hamel, Illinois shop produces two restored Broncos each month, with buyers typically waiting nine to 12 months for their builds. Bucking the Trends

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