Experienced mechanic opens doors in Wallowa

<p>Following seven years of fleet maintenance work at FedEx, in Medford, Jeff Johnson -- along with wife Sheri -– recently opened J & S Automotive in downtown Wallowa.</p>

WALLOWA – A couple who found Medford growing too fast have relocated to Wallowa and opened an auto shop along First Street, aka Highway 82, in what formerly was The Plant Gallery.

Jeff Johnson, the mechanic, and wife Sheri, the bookkeeper, opened J & S Automotive LLC Aug. 3, the next step in Jeff Johnson’s 33-year career as an auto and truck mechanic.

The biggest lure to this area of rural Oregon was Jeff’s uncle, Ben Deal of Wallowa, who is a vocal proponent of both the city of Wallowa and Wallowa County.

J & S Automotive is located at 102 E. First, and the business will specialize in auto and truck repair, air conditioning, brakes, high performance engines, and oil changes. They also have a high-tech diagnostic machine to help troubleshoot problems.

Before moving to Wallowa County in late July, Jeff spent seven years working in fleet maintenance for Federal Express, in Medford. He began his work in the field of mechanics at an early age working with his father in Red Bluff, Calif.

The Johnsons, who are renting their space from Plant Gallery owner Alice Vanderway and her husband, have four bays in which to service cars and trucks. One of the four is equipped with a hydraulic lift.

During their leisure hours, Jeff has a passion for dirt-modified racing and Sheri a passion for horses, where her skills expand into the area of horse massage.

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