Perhaps more than anything else, Marcel’s Collision Inc. is a testament to the strength and power of family.
The businss at 5584 Tecumseh Rd. E, boasts a history rich in family pride, determination, perseverance, tenacity and the belief that dreams do come true.
Now solely owned by Marc Marier, the company initially known as Marcel’s Service Garage Ltd. was originally established in 1951 by Marc’s uncle, Marcel Marier. During the early years Jerome, Marc’s father, worked for his brother while doing a stint at Chryslers’ and operating a towing business with his brother.
“When we started, half of Tecumseh Road – it was Tecumseh Blvd. at that time – was a dirt road and there were farms on the other side. We had triple A at that time, and it was $2 a call. My wife handled the phone calls and I was on call 24 hours a day. I remember once I was so tired that the phone rang and I picked up my cup of coffee to answer it and poured the coffee right in my ear.”
Business was good and the brothers soon branched out into used car sales. Eventually Jerome talked Marcel into expanding and adding complete collision and mechanical services.
Around 1960, the lion’s share of responsibility for the business shifted to Jerome, when Marcel’s wife became ill. The company continued to expand and grow, branching out into full collision service and requiring two more additions over the years. In 1980, Jerome became sole owner, buying Marcel’s portion of the business and bring sons T.J. and Marc into the business.
In 1990, Jerome formed a partnership with T.J. and Marc and that was when they formed Marcel’s Collision Inc. Jerome’s wife Judy assisted with secretarial and office work in the early years. Daughter Carrie also joined the staff, taking over bookkeeping duties, in the mid 1980’s. Another son, Denis, is a Naturopathic Doctor. In recent years, Marc’s second daughter, Michelle, signed on as the company’s Financial Controller in 2012 which now links the business to three generations of the Marier family to work for Marcel’s. Marcel’s has expanded drastically since their birth in the automotive repair industry, with several family members contributing, which have in large part, lead to the company’s success.
Marcel’s is exceptionally thrilled to celebrate their 70 years in business in the Windsor Essex County region in 2021 and look forward to continuously serving our community for many more years to come.