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2018-05-15 / News

Same Place, New Face of M&M Tire

By Rosie Cunningham


Michael Kiel (left) and Marty Cole are the new owners of the former Engelke Tires business in Stamford. 
Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Michael Kiel (left) and Marty Cole are the new owners of the former Engelke Tires business in Stamford. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter STAMFORD - Michael Kiel and Marty Cole are the new owners of what was formerly Engelke Tires in Stamford.

The automotive repair and tires service is a one-stop-shop, according to its owners, partners who have known each other for years.

“I’ve always been involved with cars - I worked on them with my father,” said Kiel, of Stamford.

Kiel, 27, has worked at the 6 Beaver Street location since 2002 and said he never intended to take over the business. However, recently, the opportunity came about and Kiel reconsidered the option.

“I sat down with Marty and we talked about it and decided to go for it. I knew it would be too big of a task to take on a business by myself - we did a lot in three weeks to make it happen,” he said.

Cole had a small repair shop at his residence in South Kortright and said he, too, came to love the trade while working with his father.

“I went to college at Hartwick and earned a biology degree, but I just wanted to do this,” he said.

Cole, 27, added that he enjoys the work, particularly the more complicated cases.

“I like a challenge and having to figure things out and work through it,” he said. “I also like working with people and being honest with them.”

Cole said at his shop in Kortright, he would only fix on about one car a day.

“We have multiple lifts - and now, Mike and I work on anywhere from 10 to 20 vehicles a day,” he said.

Kiel said the duo will upgrade, clean up the shop and modernize.

“We have to modernize along with the new cars,” he said. “We will look to add a lift and we have a new business stamp, designed by students at BOCES in Grand Gorge, which came out great.”

Kiel’s wife Melissa will take care of the books, as she is an accountant at the Jump Brook ONC BOCES (Northern Catskills Occupational Center) in Grand Gorge.

The hours for the establishment are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Call M&M Tires at 607-652- 2800 for service.

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