A Calhoun County auto shop that recently received a cease and desist order from the state of Michigan is speaking out to share their version of what happened. Meanwhile, several residents of Tekonsha and surrounding areas Calhoun Countyare rallying to support the company, which received the letter after it was reported to have been operating without a license since April 2020.
S&S Automotive is a local auto repair shop located at 945 N. Main St. in Tekonsha. So far, we are the only media to have contacted them to report on their side what happened. Owner Cody Lee Suhonen spoke to us in messages and thanked us for reaching out and said he understands why we released the original report on Monday, which came to us in a press release via Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.
Below is the statement the company posted on its Facebook page:
So, according to the company, they did everything they could to fix things, running into issues that seem to have happened to other companies during the pandemic. Hopefully this company can sort it all out and the state will consider taking a less aggressive approach to what appears to be at least a misunderstanding and an apparent target of a small business at the worst possible time.
Meanwhile, in a separate Facebook post, the owner thanked the community for their support since the news broke and assured everyone they would keep fighting.
I just wanted to put that out there while all of this is going on. I can’t thank everyone enough for the amount of support I’ve noticed. It’s downright mind-blowing. I have no words. All I can say is thank you and that’s an understatement. We will continue to fight this issue and resolve everything. We built our small business from scratch, we survived (the pandemic), and now this. There is no renunciation in us. – S&S Automotive via Facebook
The Michigan Department of State (MDOS) issued the order on Friday, February 4, 2022, because they say the owner has not registered as a repair facility under the Michigan Service and Repair Act. MDOS officers conducted an inspection on December 9, 2021 and found that the owner was performing various repairs on vehicles with a repair facility record that had expired on April 16, 2020, which was around the time almost everything in the state has been shut down due to the impending COVID-19 pandemic.
Since this news broke, hundreds of people in Calhoun County have lent their support to small business, and many feel like the state is unfairly targeting them, given the circumstances.
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