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Side job turns into the business

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By Doug Ponder

A Magnolia man has turned a side job for supplemental income into a thriving business.

Leonard Thompson of Magnolia founded his business Triple T Auto in 1981. Thompson said he worked as a mechanic at a local car dealership and started Triple T Auto as a “side job” on the nights and weekends.

“I started the business in a two car garage with my brother-in-law Norman Stilts,” Thompson said. “As time went on and the business continued to grow, we outgrew that area and we now have a five car garage.”

Thompson said he has always been interested in vehicles and vehicle mechanics since he was a child.

“Growing up on a farm, I was always working on farm equipment with my dad and I grew up around mechanics,” Thompson said. “I raised a tobacco crop each year as a teenager and saved up enough money to buy my first car. When it would tear up, I couldn’t afford to have it repaired, so I would have to fix it myself. That is how I got my start in mechanics.”

Triple T Auto provides a variety of services including vehicle diagnostics, automotive repair, vehicle body repair, towing and much more. Thompson operates the business with the help of his wife, Kathy Thompson, who is the business manager and his lifelong friend, Wesley Jaggers, who is a mechanic.

Triple T Auto is located on 7997 New Jackson Highway in Magnolia. Their hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call 270-324-3708.