Ivan Corlett, the founder owner served his time as a fully qualified Merchant Navy Diesel Engineer. .
Having got married and then having two children, Ivan decided to plant his roots more firmly in one place and decided to set up his own Garage business in Rochdale back in 1968.
His first modest Garage was at Passmonds,Rochdale where he started to build up a loyal clientel. His business built up gradually and he remained at Passmonds for 12 years but he by then had outgrown this small modest facility.
In June 1980 Ivan moved his Garage business to a new site at the Woodhouse Mill, Norden. This gave him more room and space both for Servicing of the Cars and also for parking. The business flourished and it wasn't long before he needed larger premises.
It was in September 1987 that Ivan had the opportunity to take a much larger unit at Woodhouse Mill about 200 yards from his existing facility. This allowed Ivan to build a new Body Shop where he could offer his customers accident repair work.
It was in 1990 that Ivan's son, David started to work in the Garage and learn all about Automotive Engineering. Of course, Ivan's wife, Carol had been a constant support to the business mainly looking after the Accounts, Purchasing and Reception.
In 1995 an opportunity came up to move the Garage business to a new site on Forsyth Street, Norden. This was a perfect location for the Garage Services business and would allow the fast growing Body Shop business to stay and expand at Woodhouse Mill. These are our current locations today.
Ivan has now effectively retired and handed over the day to day running of the business to his son, David and also to long time employee Karl Buckley. Carol still puts in an appearance most days !!!
I & C Corlett Ltd Motor Engineers
Tel: 01706 647164
Fax: 01706 353825
1995 to present
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