The Ambassador Club of the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce is pleased to honor Hoernis Auto Body with the Commitment to Community Award.
In 1964, Belleville, Illinois native Jim Hoernis founded Hoernis Auto Body. After all these years, Hoernis’ philosophy of high quality repairs, fair treatment to employees and vendors, and ex-ceptional customer service is still in place today. Our business has grown into one of the largest and most respected collision repair centers in Southern Illinois.
Jim Hoernis first opened Hoernis Auto Body in 1964 at the for-mer Richland Mills Company carriage and horse stable on Third Street in Belleville. Jim worked hard and grew the business by focusing on the latest technology available and personal custom-er service. From 1972-1999 the shop expanded twice, and was known for not only servicing individual customers, but also several other regional body shops. These shops contracted Hoernis to repair the new “unibody” designed vehicles that were new to the 80’s, as well as perform traditional heavy frame repairs and wheel alignments.
Through 1985-2000, Jim and all three of his children, Russ, Debbie, and Steve, worked together to expand the business and began looking for a new location to better serve their growing customer base. Hoernis Auto Body moved to 207 South 20th Street in Belleville in 2000. The new facility is designed and operated to process quality collision repairs efficiently. It is equipped with the technology and properly trained technicians needed to restore vehicles back to manu-facturers’ standards. Hoernis Auto Body works on almost all makes, domestic and foreign.
In 2014 Hoernis Auto Body celebrated their 50th Anniversary and continues to thrive as an I-CAR Certified Gold Class shop. Backed by the strong management skills of the Hoernis family and a long tradition of customer service, truly focusing on the customer and their needs, they have become not only a successful auto body shop but also a respected member of the Belleville-area business community. Their businesses’ growth and longevity would not have been made possible without the support of their customers, and employees.
Congratulations, Hoernis Auto Body, on receiving this presitgious award and for your dedication and service to the community of Belleville.