Suzanne Andrews, general manager of the Quinte West chamber of commerce, congratulated David Cowan on the expansion of Belfast Mechanical on Wednesday June 7. – Erin Stewart/Metroland
Trenton — Belfast Mechanical Services Inc. auto repair shop has expanded services and is now open to the public, located in Quinte West.
Owner David Cowan, licensed technician in automotive, truck and car repair, has been a mechanic since high school and has worked in the Quinte area for the last 20 years.
For the past 17 years Cowan has solely repaired Quinte Paramedics Services EMS vehicles but since opening Belfast Mechanical in April 2016, Cowan said he has been able to expand his shop and hire another mechanic, enabling him to service the general public.
“It’s been a special relationship with EMS but working with other customers’ vehicles will be quite natural, we will be doing both,” he said.
“We’re going to be working on everything from passenger vehicles right through to medium duty size vehicles that would need annual safety inspections,” said Cowan.
“We do all repairs on all makes and models of vehicles, everything from tune-ups, to breaks, whatever a vehicle would need for repairs.”
Opening shop in Quinte West is a dream come true, said Cowan.
“I emigrated from Northern Ireland to Canada with my family in the mid 1970s,” he said.
“My grandfather came to Canada at age 55 and I grew up in his shop, learning from him became the foundation for many things and ultimately led me to wanting to become an entrepreneur myself.”
Quinte West Mayor Jim Harrison congratulated Cowan on his new expansion, along with Suzanne Andrews, general manager of the Quinte West chamber of commerce, on Wednesday June 7.