Oesterle Auto Glass & Paint to hold reopening

PARKERSBURG – Oesterle Auto Glass & Paint, 801 Division St., is having a grand reopening from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 28.

The business is celebrating the remodeling and expansion of its front showroom following a water line break above the ceiling that flooded the facility in late January. The remodeled showroom reopened in mid-April, said John Oesterle, co-owner with his brother, Rich.

“We have redone the building; painted it and added a new roof,” John said. A smaller temporary showroom was used during the remodeling.

The grand reopening will feature a cruise-in car show, a live remote by Classic Rock Z106, free windshield repairs, free touch-up bottles of paint for cars, along with hot dogs and soft drinks.

Oesterle Auto Glass & Paint has been serving the Mid-Ohio Valley for 68 years, making it the oldest full-service auto glass installation shop still operating in the area, John said.

The business, then called Oesterle Auto Wrecking, was started by John and Rich’s father, Richard, on March 15, 1946, at Fifth Street and Garfield Avenue in Parkersburg.

The business, called Oesterle Auto Products, moved to 2107 Camden Ave. in 1960 when Garfield Avenue was widened through the area.

Oesterle’s moved to its current location on Division Street in 1970 and changed its name to Oesterle Auto Glass & Paint in 1975.

The new name better defines the business’ service and products, John Oesterle said. Oesterle’s replaces and repairs auto glass and sells auto paint supplies to automobile dealerships, body shops and individuals.

The Oesterles are in the process of selling their business to brothers Dennis and Ron Farrar, John said.

The Farrars have worked at Oesterle Auto Glass & Paint for 1.5 years. Ron Farrar, who lives in Vienna, is on the road a lot, doing glasswork at businesses and homes. Dennis Farrar of Marietta has been working in the Division Street shop.

“The Farrars have brought a new aspect … fresh air … to the business with their mobile work,” John said. “We have spread our wings.”

The business did limited mobile work and concentrated on in-shop auto glass replacement and repairs, besides selling auto paint supplies, before the Farrars arrived.

“The Farrars have been in the (auto glass and paint) business a long time,” John Oesterle said. “They are no rookies.”

The Oesterles have been told they can work at the business as long as they want after the sale has been completed, John said.

John Oesterle has worked at the family business full time since 1975, when he graduated from West Virginia University. As a kid, he helped his father by sweeping in the shop. He returned during spring break in college to work at the business.

Looking back, John said he has enjoyed being associated with Oesterle Auto Glass & Paint for so many years.

“I wouldn’t trade that for anything,” he said, adding that all the people he worked with were like family.

Rich Oesterle, a military veteran, has worked full time at the family business since 1970.