, Muskogee, OK

November 14, 2012

Home-grown Businesses: Tire business strives for honesty and integrity

— By Travis Sloat

Times Correspondent

Danny Quinton started Fort Gibson Tire and Wheel 15 years ago in a small service station on Poplar Street.

“When I first started, I only had three employees and two service bays,” Quinton said. “Now I have eight full-time employees and seven shop bays. We really want to try and keep a local option for tires and service here in Fort Gibson.”

Ten years ago, Quinton moved from that small shop to a much larger facility at 800 S. Lee St.

With the increase in size came an increase in business, and they serve around 35 customers a day — providing them with tires, brakes and general vehicle maintenance and service.

Richard Harris, who owns Harris Contractors, said he’s been going to see Quinton ever since he opened all those years ago.

“I’ve known Danny a long time, and I’ve had nothing but good experiences with him,” Harris said. “I drive about 70,000 to 80,000 miles a year, and I use a lot of tires and need a lot of maintenance done. He does a great job of helping us out with stuff like that.”

Quinton, who was born in Pawhuska, said his transplant to Fort Gibson was easy when he met his wife Elaine, who was born and raised in town.

“When I got here, I saw there was a need for a shop,” he said. “Between us, we have four kids, and two of them work right here. They can’t kick me out soon enough, but if it was up to them they’d kick me out at least once a day.”

Fort Gibson Tire and Wheel is locally owned, and they have made some partnerships with bigger brand name dealers, which allow them to perform warranty work on tires and vehicles. Quinton has 30 years experience in the auto service industry. Chad Nail, an employee at Fort Gibson Tire and Wheel, said the thing he likes most about the job is coming to work every day and not having to worry about something surprising him.

“The atmosphere is consistent,” Nail said. “I get to meet new folks, and we treat people the way we’d want to be treated if someone was working on our stuff. I think Danny does a great job.”

Harris said Quinton and his team have no problem jumping through the many different hoops he sets in front of him.

“I go see him at least once a week,” Harris said. “If he hadn’t done such a great job, we would have stopped using him years ago. They fix everything we throw at them and it all turns out really well.”

Fort Gibson Tire and Wheel is open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7:30 to noon Saturday.

They offer brand name tires such as Michelin, Goodyear and Cooper, and Quinton said they strive for same-day turnaround on all vehicles.

“We have a lot of people say they appreciate our honesty and integrity,” Quinton said. “We want to treat people right, and I think our customers appreciate that. We started from nothing, and we’ve been enormously blessed by the Fort Gibson community.”