Plowman's Collision is family owned and operated since 1969.
Back in 1970, John Plowman opened John Plowman's Collision, at the corner of Campbell Street and Washington Avenue in Alpena, after years of learning the trade at Chabot Collision. John's wife, Bonnie, took care of the books while John took care of things in the shop. The couple had four children, and it was Steve, their first, born who chose to follow in his father's footsteps. Though he grew up in the industry, Steve officially went to work for his dad through his Alpena High School co-op class in his junior year. Steve married his high school sweetheart, Ruth, in 1981. While raising their own family, they bought the business from John and moved it to 3146 U.S. 23 in Alpena as Plowman's Collision.
It is at that location where Steve and Ruth's first born, Brian began his career in auto body repair. Brian not only learned from his dad and grandfather; he also successfully completed the Automotive Body Program at Alpena Community College. After years in the shop, Brian began working in the office end of the business knowing that one day he would buy the business from this father, just as Steve bought it from John.
John who turned 80 in 2019, still works part time at the shop. Honored to work with Steve and Brian, the icon of the business says he will continue to work until they kick him out. Both Steve and Brian continue to learn from John, with Steve saying, "I'm proud of him. I'm proud he's my dad. I've learned a lot from him."
"We Meet by Accident" has been the slogan for Plowman's Collision from the beginning, but it is the workmanship, customer service, and continuing education by those at Plowman's Collision that has kept them at the forefront of the collision industry in Alpena.
With dependable work, quality service, and a guarantee on all of our repairs we strive to make our customers happy and leave your vehicle looking as good as new! We are proud to have been voted a Sunrise Best for the past 5 years.
Plowman's Collision has 13 bays, 1 Bake Spray Booth, 1 Air Dry Spray Booth, certified technicians (including ASE and ATEG), free computerized estimating, free loaner cars, and much more!
We are a member of the Northern Michigan Body Shop Association and an active sponsor in many community events!