From baking pies to fixing cars!
As a Californian export, Jerry’s father Ken began working as a pie deliveryman in 1956. Learning the industry quickly, Ken founded Thompson Pie Company, baking delicious pies and cakes for a large clientele of downtown Denver restaurants and cafes. In the early 1960’s, Ken enjoyed a brief retirement when his major competitor, Puritan Pie Co. bought Thompson Pie. Soon after, good friend and devoted pie customer Florian Schmidt suggested opening an auto body shop. Florian had worked on cars in his garage for years and desired to open a shop. Together, Ken and Florian formed Schmidt’s Body Shop.
Along came Saab! In 1963, Dick Catron, owner of a local Saab dealership, commissioned Ken to repair Saabs that were damaged during transport. Not long after in 1969, Ken decided it was time to focus his energies entirely on Saab when he opened Mile Hi Body Shop.
Gerald Danner (Jerry) was always around the shop growing up. His aptitude for mechanical problem-solving made him a sponge for all mechanical and collision repair knowhow. In the early 70’s, Jerry began managing the shop and by 1977, Mile Hi had established the reputation as a one-stop-shop for Saab body work and mechanical repairs. In 1980, Ken turned over the business entirely to his son Jerry who relocated in order to accommodate several additional technicians, a Saab wrecking yard, and an expansive used parts inventory.
Satisfied customers, enjoyable work, and a passion for cars continue to motivate what is now Mile Hi Automotive, Inc. As cars become ever-more sophisticated and technology develops, we strive to stay continually in touch with new automotive needs and challenges. Yet, these efforts are always balanced with our desire to deliver affordable, honest, reliable repairs with exceptional customer service. The tradition lives on!