The history of the Lindsay family and their passion for cars dates back to 1949 when Faith-Lindsay Co. opened. Warren and Pat Lindsay eventually opened both a gas station and auto parts store in Marengo. In 1957 they moved to Arizona, but found their way back to Marengo by 1963 and opened Lindsay Service Station, with the parts store officially opening in 1971. Being a highly successful business, by 1992 the current location was built, but in 2001 and addition was needed, doubling the space. Mary and Casey now feel it is their time to “change gears.” Deciding to retire was easy, and luckily finding the next owner was too. As of May 1st Joe Hansberry, owner of MPEC, will add the Marengo NAPA store to his lineup. The Rockford-based company has locations in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. By having a strong network within the NAPA community, the Lindsay’s were assured that the store would be in wonderful hands, with similar commitment to their employees, customers and the community, who they know will welcome Joe and his staff in May.

Having businesses that have been in Marengo for almost 70 years, not only spans many generations, the community becomes a part of your extended family. Over the years it has been a gift to see little ones in dad’s arms, then in the blink of an eye, coming in themselves to get parts for their own vehicles. From the candy bowl being raided after school to the puzzles on the marquee, oil filter sales to specialized clinics for the customers, so many memories are wrapped up in these walls. Can’t forget the annual Customer Appreciation Lunch. A simple notion became the event of the year for our hardworking customers, friends and family. I believe it was almost pre-printed in the local bank calendars.

Finally the staff…the people who made the difference! Chris Courier, Calvin Downey, Rachel Ortega, Carlos Cervantes, Christian Resenbeck, Joe Buck and Bill Guth. This is the group that kept the business running smoothly as the front line, always stepping up, helping farmers, mechanics, hobbyists and the average Joe with whatever they needed and always ready to learn. They are the reason Lindsay Auto Parts was an 11 time- NAPA 5 Star Achieving location!

On behalf of the community, THANKYOU to the Lindsay family for your hospitality, service and proprietorship in our little town. We hope to see Mary and Casey out on the town and enjoying their retirement. Cheers!

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