Our History

We've been around so long, it's likely we repaired your great grandma's car

Mike Newell
Mike Newell, Founder

In 1958, Mike Newell began repairing vehicles in a two bay garage off of Jasper Street just behind the Mellow Cream donut shop. He quickly developed a reputation for being a pioneer in custom repairs and refinishing. As his popularity grew, more and more individuals wanted Mike Newell to repair their vehicles.

In 1959, he completed a sheet metal repair program at a General Motors training center in St. Louis, MO. At only 20 years old, it became apparent what his career path would be. So in 1963, he built a small, three bay shop on West Harrison, where Newell's Auto Body still resides today. At that time he had only 3 employees.


In 1998, Newell’s completed construction of a 12,000 square foot state of the art building. The building consists of two side-down draft paint booths, two electric hydraulic frame machines, and individual floor lifts for each technician.

Now with 25 employees, Newell's Auto Body, Inc. is dedicated to upholding the excellent quality and customer service that it was founded on 60 years ago.


Todd Newell
Todd Newell

Newell’s Auto Body is managed by Todd Newell, who joined the family business in 1996 after receiving a Finance Degree from the University of Western Kentucky.

Todd and his wife Debbie share a daughter, Amanda Anderson. Amanda has three children with her husband Art Anderson and serves as our Office Manager.

Amanda has earned an undergraduate degree in Business Management from Millikin University and a Masters in Business Administration from Illinois State University.

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