Napa Collision Center of Bastrop recently expanded their business in a new location, and on Tuesday, June 12, they held their grand opening.

Napa Collision Center, owned by Thomas and Erica Drinkwine, does collision and mechanical repairs. It has been in the parish for six years, but the couple decided to expand their business and purchased a new building.

The new building, which is 25,000 square feet, includes a spacious lobby, offices and a large garage area for car repair work. The Drinkwines are very excited about their new location and hope it brings in more customers.

“The place is really, really nice, and we definitely worked hard for it,” said Erica. “We hope it will make it where we are busy and bring in more people.”

The grand opening included hamburgers and hotdogs for the guests and hoppers for the children to play in. There was also a ribbon cutting. Many people from the community, as well as the Drinkwines' family, came to the opening.

Morehouse Chamber of Commerce Director Dorothy Ford started the ribbon cutting ceremony by saying how proud she was of Napa Collision Center and how she was grateful they decided to locate their business in Morehouse parish.

Employee Mike Fudge spoke a few words, saying how appreciative he was of Thomas and his wife and how they are good people.

Several other people spoke, including Bastrop Mayor Henry Cotton and Morehouse Parish Sheriff Mike Tubbs. They gave their congratulations and wished the couple well in business.

North Monroe of Bastrop Pastor Kevin Crim offered a prayer of thanks before the cutting. Everyone then gathered for the ribbon cutting and Thomas and Erica Drinkwine, along with their daughter, did the honors. Afterwards people were free to visit and enjoy hamburgers, hotdogs and other refreshments.

The community members and the Chamber of Commerce are pleased to welcome the Drinkwines to their new location and wish them well in the future of their business.