Our Past | 1975: Mires Service Center moves out of town

Selected by Karen Larsen

The following article was published in the Jan. 9, 1975 edition of the Waterville Empire Press. The move of Mires Service Center to a ranch north of town coincided with the beginning of Dave and Marvel Mires and family selling machinery for Bill Loomis. After about three years doing business out at the ranch, the Mires built their shop at the current Bainbridge Manufacturing location on Third Street. They remember selling seven new axial flow combines the year they appeared on the market. Marvel Mires said that they had great relationships with the farmers. She remembered that one farmer came in with his checkbook to pay the full price of a combine. He was a bit giddy about writing the check because he had never written one for such a large amount before and asked Mires to help him. The Mires sold the shop in the late 1980s.


Mires Service Center Moves to the Country

Dave Mires has moved his service shop to the county and is opening on Monday.

Formerly, with Jim Jess Implement Co., Dave Mires has moved to his ranch shop on the Domrese Ranch. It is located five miles north of Waterville and a half mile east of the old brick schoolhouse.

“We’re on black top and good roads to and from the shop,” Dave observed. He has acquired new equipment and moved his repair service facilities from town.

Dave will be assisted by his son, Robert. They are equipped to do all types of repair and maintenance service on all types of combines and tractors. In addition, his shop is equipped to handle portable arc welding, hydraulic work, overhauls and Eutalloy hardfacing on combine augers.

In March, Dave will have mobile phone service installed on his service truck so he will be in touch with his shop and the shop with him while working at any ranch.

“We are not going to make any charge for travel time on service calls. Our main objective will be quality service and workmanship at reasonable prices — and we will guarantee our work,” Dave said.

The shop will be open five days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and once spring work is underway he will be open Saturdays.