O’Brien’s Quality Autocare Celebrates 35 Years

Celebrating their 35th year in business with a public event offering free hotdogs, snacks, and an ongoing contest to win a 50" television were Cindy O'Brien (left) and Ron O'Brien on September 1st. The two are owners of O'Brien's Quality Autocare in Calais. (Photo by Lura Jackson)

By Lura Jackson


It isn’t easy to open a business, and it’s even harder to keep that business open year after year. In fact, a study based on data from the U.S. Small Business Administration found that 60 percent of businesses fail within their first six years. As such, it is cause for celebration when a business reaches a milestone anniversary, particularly in an area that has economic challenges. On September 1st, O’Brien’s Quality Autocare celebrated its 35th year in Calais with a public event that included an ongoing contest. 

When O’Brien’s first opened its doors in 1982, the business was a two-bay Exxon gas station open seven days a week. Over the years, the business has evolved into a fully certified NAPA autocare center with an added expanded bay for working on larger vehicles. It now hosts six employees including Cindy O’Brien, office manager, Ron O’Brien, owner and primary consultant, manager Fred Erskine, who’s been with the company for thirty years, and head technician Russell Kinney, who’s been with the company for twenty years. 

“We’ve seen ups and downs, but we’re still here,” said Cindy O’Brien. “It’s been a great thirty-five years. We have our family, friends, and customers that were wonderful to us. We have a fantastic staff and crew here that is amazing.”

“Thanks to the community for all the support,” said Ron O’Brien. 

To show their appreciation to their customers and the community in general, O’Brien’s is holding a month-long raffle for a 50” flat-screen television. Customers and visitors are invited to come down and sign up throughout the month. Also being drawn in the raffle are two Lego sets for children.