>Brookings Oregon News, Sports, & Weather | The Curry Coastal Pilot

News Classifieds Web
web powered by Web Search Powered by Google

News arrow News arrow Business arrow WORLTON'S IN BUSINESS 30 YEARS

Print

WORLTON'S IN BUSINESS 30 YEARS

Layne and Cecelia Worlton have been repairing auto bodies in Brookings for the past 30 years. (The Pilot/Ellen Babin).
Layne and Cecelia Worlton have been repairing auto bodies in Brookings for the past 30 years. (The Pilot/Ellen Babin).

By Ellen Babin

Pilot staff writer

An open house on Friday was held to celebrate Cecilia and Layne Worlton's 30 years in business as Worlton Auto Body.

When Layne and Cecilia were married, the business, located on Memory Lane in Brookings, was four years old. The Worltons lived above the shop and put on many hats while the business got on its feet for the first 10 years, vacations were not included in any plans.

In the years to come, the growing family moved into a home and the shop kept taking different shapes through remodeling – until there just wasn't any more room to grow.

In 2003, the Worltons moved to a large, comfortable workplace which they designed, including a "real" office and hired "a really good staff of six."

Their building on the corner of Pacific and Railroad in Brookings is a far cry from where Layne began in the auto body business.

A native of Brookings and a "talented artist," according to his wife, Layne spent his high school years painting cars: He just wanted them in a form to be "dinged and painted."

Layne attended college for a year and it just emphasized that his hands were made for a job he loved best: body work and paint jobs. "I don't care what they looked like (cars, trucks, etc.), I just wanted to paint them," he said.

Cecilia had been raised in Thurston and Springfield, and came to Brookings because she was ill. "After lying around for three months," she said, "I told myself I'd get up and do something."

Cecilia came into Layne's life while she was working for the first attorney in Brookings and moonlighting as a waitress.

It all started when Layne came in to take his mother to dinner. After, Layne and Cecilia dated for three years, were engaged for one year – and she was involved in the business all but two years of their 26-years of marriage.

Cecilia has been with him through most of the transitions as janitor, parts orderer and office manager.

The biggest change in the auto body repair world has been difficulty in dealing with insurance and remaining able to do the top-notch job people have come to expect – and will get – as long as the Worltons stay in business.

Currently, the Worlton home is located 14 miles up Gardner Ridge supplied by solar and hydroelectric power.

Cecilia said there were times when the entire family was home and everything on the dinner table, including the meat, came from their small farm.

The couple have three children Brooke, 25, Summer, 21, and Kyle 15.

When asked how long before retirement, or if they were going to keep working for ever and ever, Layne answered, "I don't know, I still enjoy the (auto body work) field.

Print

Business News by Yahoo Finance

  • Europe rides rebound as global sell-off abates
    World stocks hit a nine-month low on Friday but oil and southern European bonds were off their week's worst levels, as investors began to dust themselves off after one of the most volatile spells in world markets in years. Bourses in London (.FTSE), Frankfurt (.GDAXI) and Paris (.FCHI) started the day up 1 to 1.5 percent and Athens (.ATG) rose 4.5 percent as Greek governments bonds steadied after their worst run since the height of the euro crisis in mid-2012. The possible return to recession in the euro zone, a floundering economy in Japan, slowdown in China and the Ebola virus outbreak have conspired to rattle investors already fretting about the end of years of U.S. It has been a fourth straight week of stock market falls in the U.S.
  • Goldman curbs bankers' compensation even as revenue surges
    Top Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) executives are determined to keep compensation costs under control. On Thursday, Goldman reported a 25 percent increase in quarterly revenue, but the money it set aside for compensation and benefits rose only 18 percent from the same period a year earlier. The amount of money it has set aside for compensation is more or less unchanged, as is the average compensation per employee, at around $320,000 for the first nine months of the year. Sources familiar with the matter inside Goldman Sachs described the restraint as a sign of the shifting mentality about bonuses at the bank: it wants to tightly control compensation, even if it has good quarters with big revenue gains.
  • Google's revenue falls short despite curbing price declines
    Google Inc's revenue fell short of Wall Street's expectations as growth in Internet advertising slowed in the most-recent quarter, offsetting a modest improvement in ad pricing, sending its shares down about 3 percent. Shares of Google fell 2.7 percent to $510.11 in extended trading on Thursday. Google posted $16.52 billion in revenue for the three months ended Sept. 30, compared to $13.75 billion in the year ago period. On Thursday, Google announced it had appointed Omid Kordestani its new chief business officer, replacing Nikesh Arora, who had departed a quarter ago to join Japan's Softbank Corp. The chief business officer is considered a key position, overseeing all the company's revenue-generating activities and serving as a liaison to investors and Wall Street.

Follow Curry Coastal Pilot headlines on Follow Curry Coastal Pilot headlines on Twitter

© Copyright 2001 - 2014 Western Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. By Using this site you agree to our Terms of Use