By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers
WYANDOTTE – Bob Groat and his son, Joe Groat, were recognized during the July 11 City Council meeting for the 75th anniversary of their car repair and towing business, 1466 Eureka Road.
Groat Brothers was started by Bob Groat’s father, Stan Groat, who was also a city council member, and Stan’s brother, John Groat.
Mayor Robert DeSana presented Bob and Joe Groat with a proclamation, acknowledging the landmark anniversary, and praising the business’ growth and positive impact on prosperity within the city.
He said the business not only provides jobs and contributes to the city’s economy, but it has a positive impact on downtown’s vitality.
DeSana said Groat Brothers has taken an active role in civic affairs by supporting projects and organizations throughout the community, and wished them continued future success.
DeSana light-heartedly mentioned the morning “coffee club” that occurs every day at 6 a.m. at the business, which he said, “solves all the problems that the city’s got.”
Councilmember Todd Hanna, who presented the Groats with a commemorative mantel clock, with Councilmember Chris Calvin joining him, said the clock will enable the Groats to continue to have the coffee ready on time in the morning.
“Thank you for everything you do, and congratulations,” Hanna said. “That’s an amazing achievement.”