Cloquet Automotive has operated business in Cloquet since 1982. Bruce Becker worked here starting in 1982 after gaining education and experience working with heavy equipment and machinery. He purchased Cloquet Automotive in January 1988 from former owner Dick Shykes and expanded the building in 2002, doubling its size. “The more you take on, the more space you need,” said Becker. As such, they specialize in manual and automatic drive transmissions, differentials, and transfer cases; they do not do alignments.
Becker currently has two employees, himself and his son Kyle Becker, but typically employs four people. With the shortage of automotive techs across the United States, finding a skilled workforce has been challenging. Supply chain inconsistencies have led to more patient customers after the pandemic.
“Since the pandemic, the business has been overwhelming, with average repair shops not having the ability to custom build transmissions or make heavy duty. changes better than the original units. heavy duty option parts allow us here to fix the vehicles better than the way they came from the factory,” said owner Bruce Becker.
Becker explained that in the last five to ten years, repair shops have taken on transmission work via “boxed transmission units.” The differentiator is that Cloquet Automotive offers customization of transmissions with quality parts.
Cloquet Automotive has built its business on word of mouth and maintains a quality website. They offer the following services:
Transmission Rebuild & Repair Service
Differential Repair & Service
Battery and Charging System
Belts and Hoses
Brake Inspections & Repair Service
Clutch Repair & Service
Drivetrain Service & Repair
Oil, Fluid & Filter Change Service
Fuel & Electrical Systems Services
Heating & Cooling Systems services
Engine Repair & Service
Suspension service and repair
1310 18th St
Cloquet, MN 55720
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