Maxwell welcomes a new business to town, and a new family. Jeff Suntken and his wife Lisa moved into town back in January, and Jeff started setting up an auto repair shop shortly after that. Even before Jeff hung his first sign, he knew that he would be calling it Scoot’s Automotive. His nickname growing up was Scoot, and his mom had always told him if he ever started his own shop, Scoot’s would have to be the name.

Jeff is new to Maxwell, but not Iowa. Born in Minnesota, he then spent 27 years in Oskaloosa, and drove over the road hauling heavy equipment. After getting his aviation repair license, a job opportunity took him to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. He installed towers for a digital network in the oil fields, and also hauled heavy equipment; in some areas it was 79 below zero.

Jeff has been "tinkering" with cars for as long as he could remember, starting with learning things from his dad and grandpa; he also learned quite a bit from aviation school. He explained that cars are not that much different from airplanes, the basic systems from electrical to mechanical are pretty much the same. Wanting to be home more for his five kids and a new "apple of his eye" grandson, he decided that a move back to Iowa was in order, and started looking for a house in a small town community. The requirements were: small town, six bedrooms, an acreage and that it have a building that could be his shop. He found that on Hwy. 210, just on the edge of town.

With opening his shop in Maxwell, he is hoping to fill a need within the community. Scoot’s offers bumper-to-bumper diagnostics on late models to current (foreign or domestic); alignments and oil changes for $44.95, including fuel filter (diesels are extra). New just last week, he added a tire machine for mounting and balancing (cost will be $20 per tire). Scoot’s also will patch tires at $20 per patch.

He wants Maxwell residents to know he does quality work, and his work ethic is very strong too. He told me, if I have to work on someone’s vehicle until 12 a.m. just to get it done, and done right, I will do just that.

Scoot’s hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon. The shop number is 515-367-0887 and the address is 821 Fifth St. (Hwy. 210 East).

Ten percent discounts are also offered for seniors, single parents or for people in the military. Check out his website, www.scootsautomotive.com.; specials will be posted there from time to time as well.

(To submit Maxwell news, please call Susan Livesay at 515-387-1346, or email her at livesaysl@yahoo.com.)