Keepin’ On, Keepin’ On For 40 Years

In April of 1978, while she was still in high school, Michael & Molly got married. One month later they started Glick Automotive out of her father?s old Ezell Auto Salvage building. A few months later, they moved to their current location just inside the city limits of Buffalo, on Hwy 75.

Michael had been working on vehicles since he was 8 years old, and did odd jobs like mowing yards, hauling hay, working general labor on local farms and being ?boss? of his two brothers.

Molly said, ?We?ve grown with the times.? Starting with the original shop in the back on a small piece of land they took in jobs. As need arose, and money afforded, they built out new space, bought more land and kept expanding. ?Fifteen years ago everything was done by hand? she continued. Estimates were written by hand, photograph negatives were taken to the local processor, reports were snail-mailed to the insurance company, and if they were lucky, they got an answer in two weeks. Now, they use automated software and processes that yields an answer, at times, in 24 hours.

Glick Automotive offers auto mechanical repair such as brakes, tune-up, motor overhauling and replacement as well as towing. What started as a supplemental business, buying and selling new take-off truck beds, has grown into a full-time, daily drive. Years ago, they expanded to collision repair. To this day, there is still a Glick Towing decal on what is now the ?Dew Drop In? restaurant on IH 45 and old Hwy 179.

What started as a two person venture has grown into an 8 full-time employee business. Gilbert has been with them over 32 years, Josh started hanging around when he was 15 years old and has been with them 11 years. They brought in Don, a 12-year veteran, Troy and Blaine, 7 and 6 years respectively, and most recently, Mary who started 3 years ago and her daughter, Lexus and Broch who?ve been helping for the past 2 years.

In 1995 with their dads? guidance, sons Chris and Chase started building race cars and embarked on a very successful amateur dirt track racing career. Both had won many races until life took the young men in different directions. It was a great opportunity for father-son bonding. Molly participated behind the scenes designing and creating the decals for the race cars. With son Chris,this venture lead to what is now G-Force Graphics and Signs.

Starting with a simple, single-color plotter, G-Force is a thriving business with a 64? digital, full-color printer, making all types of signage, banners and commercial vehicle lettering. Molly?s? Sister Tabitha joined the team 8 years ago, and Kenneth, who joined in 3 years ago, handle the print sidefrom decals to billboards, they do it all.

Behind the scenes, Mike, who is running for office again, was on the City Council for two terms in the 90?s. He is a strong supporter to the Buffalo Volunteer Fire Department, providing salvage vehicles for training classes and working accidents. In 1989, 1993 and again in 2001, he was honored by the BVFD as Business of the Year for his continued efforts. Currently, Mike is on the boardof the Buffalo Economic Development Corporation and the Buffalo Volunteer Fire Department.

Molly was President of the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce from 2011 to 2014, winning the honor of Citizen of the Year in 2011 and tied with Mike, for the same honor, in 2012.

What started as a small, two person shop, has become an anchor business in our fine city of Buffalo, Texas.